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Ripoff alert / Tech

Warning: Internet Explorer 8 users

On May 13, 2013

If you use Internet Explorer 8, you need to be on the lookout for a security issue that could make your computer and personal information vulnerable. There is a security issue with the browser that could allow scammers to take over your computer. This is a good reminder to keep your system updated with the latest security software to help…

Consumer News / Consumer Tips / Saving money

Publicizing your purchase to save money

On March 15, 2012

Retailers are looking for new and creative ways to advertise as mass media shifts from television and print to online. Social media plays a huge role in making nothing — something. Tweets, re-tweets, and shares on Facebook are great ways to expose a new product or service to potentially new customers.  Special promotions are often offered to followers or those who…

Consumer News / Consumer Tips

Google wants your phone number — why?

On March 13, 2012

Google recently changed its privacy policy combing more than sixty policies into one. The updated policy also allows Google to more directly target ads to your specifications. The change only impacts users who log into one of the Google services, but it still sparked criticism. So, imagine the surprise of some users when Google began asking for phone numbers. Several companies…

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TSA program allows you to skip security

On February 8, 2012

Tired of long security lines and the hassle of taking off your shoes, belt, and jacket? If you’re a frequent flier you may be able to avoid the lines and hassle at some airports. Airlines participating in TSA Pre-Check are sending emails to frequent fliers asking them to opt in to a volunteer pre-screen program that allows you to skip…

Privacy / Tech

Facebook Timeline privacy

On January 27, 2012

Privacy, privacy, privacy. Do we have any with all these social media changes? It’s hard to keep your information personal without doing a lot of work. I think it’s worth the time if you are somewhat interested in privacy and truly only want to share information with your true friends. Facebook Timeline is being rolled out during the next several…

Protecting your identity / Ripoff alert / Tech

Zappos customers on alert after cyber attack – the lesson for all of us

On January 16, 2012

Cyberfraud is always rampant, but what’s next this week? Online shoe retailer, Zappos, is warning customers that their personal data may have been accessed including your email address, name, billing and shipping address, phone number, and the last four digits of your credit card number, and maybe even a scrambled version of your password. Yikes! The email sent to customers…

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Say goodbye to long security lines?

On July 28, 2011

If you have a vacation planned in the next few months, your airport security experience may change.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is launching a pilot program to speed up the screening process for low-risk and known passengers. Starting this fall, a pre-flight, identity-based screening pilot will start. Certain frequent fliers and members of Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler…

Protecting your identity / Solving problems

Citigroup says security breach impacts 360,000+ customers

On June 16, 2011

Citigroup says 360,083 U.S. Citi-branded credit cards were compromised in the recent security breach. The breach happened May 10th and impacted about 1% of North American cardholders. In Ohio, 5,547 customers were impacted. The company posted an open letter to its customers on its website. It reads as follows: “To Our Customers: You may have recently read in the media…

Consumer News / Consumer Tips / Protecting your identity

Phishing attack hits Gmail – how to keep your information safe

On June 1, 2011

If you use Gmail, you’ll want to be on high alert as Google says a phishing attack from China is targeting Gmail accounts. Google even says accounts of U.S. government officials were targeted. Google says the phishing attack’s goal was to monitor emails and change forwarding settings. The company says the account hijackings were not the result of a problem…