FORMER IDENTITY THIEF NOW FIGHTS THE CRIMES HE HELPED PERFECT
Few people know more about identity theft than Brett Shannon Johnson, a convicted identity thief who was once on the Secret Service’s Most Wanted list. Because of the Equifax breach, the Internet and today’s computing power, things are going to get much worse, he warns.
 
THE TOP 5 WORST PASSWORDS OF 2017: HOW TO CREATE ONES THAT ARE SECURE
The threat from cyber crooks is real and getting worse. And yet, most Americans still have lousy passwords that are incredibly easy to crack. Here’s how create strong passwords that protect your digital life.
 
NEW REPORT: AMERICANS HAVE MORE CREDIT CARDS & MORE DEBT
The credit card market is alive and growing, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The total number of credit card accounts, the total credit available to cardholders, and the average amount of card debt have all increased over the past two years. Delinquencies have also gone up.
 
THE BIGGEST LOSERS OF 2017? U.S. CONSUMERS
Three months after Amazon bought Whole Foods, promising lower prices, it?s time for a reality check. Frequent shoppers may have noticed that relatively few products are cheaper than they were before the takeover in August. And two new surveys confirm that.
 
WHERE ARE ALL THE PROMISED LOWER PRICES AT WHOLE FOODS?
Three months after Amazon bought Whole Foods, promising lower prices, it?s time for a reality check. Frequent shoppers may have noticed that relatively few products are cheaper than they were before the takeover in August. And two new surveys confirm that.
 
DON'T LOSE MONEY TO THE 'UTILITY COMPANY' IMPOSTER SCAM
Phone bandits are targeting businesses and homeowners pretending to be their local utility and threatening to terminate service. Victims are losing hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. Here's how to protect yourself.
 
HOW SECURE ARE SMART SPEAKERS LIKE AMAZON ECHO AND GOOGLE HOME?
America has fallen in love with smart speakers, but this cool technology has created new privacy and security vulnerabilities that could potentially expose personal details such as the family’s contact list or bank account information.
 
DON'T DROP THAT IPHONE X - REPAIR PRICES ARE SHOCKING
The glass exterior looks beautiful, but it's a beast to repair. Fixing a damaged iPhone X could cost you $549 - more than half the price of the phone. Why so much and how durable is this phone?
 
THE EMOTIONAL TOLL OF IDENTITY THEFT
We think of ID Theft as simply a financial crime, but it can have enormous emotional ramifications. Some victims get angry, frustrated and depressed. A few even contemplate suicide, according to a recent study.
 
CONSUMER GROUPS WANT FEDS TO INVESTIGATE SMARTWATCHES FOR KIDS
A coalition of consumer groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate some relatively new technology – smart watches for children. These watches let parents stay in touch with their kids and always know where they are. A recent analysis of these devices by the Norwegian Consumer Council raised some serious privacy and security concerns.

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