• The rapid acceptance of QR codes during the pandemic has been good for restaurants and retailers, but it’s also provided cyber criminals with a powerful new tool.

PAUSE ON STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS END IN JANUARY; HOW TO PREPARE NOWThe government-mandated pause on federal student loan repayments, interest, and collections has been extended until Jan. 31, 2022. Here’s how to prepare for that.
ARE YOU SHARING YOUR WI-FI WITH AMAZON? IF SO, SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED?Amazon Sidewalk, the retail giant’s new shared wireless network, is now up and running across the United States. If you have an Echo smart speaker or Ring security device, you may be powering Amazon’s “mesh network” without realizing it.
DATA BREACHES ARE SKYROCKETING. HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTSMore than 100 million people had their information breached during the first half of the year. Here’s what you need to do to stop the cyber crooks from using your compromised information.
FTC SAYS CUSTOMERS HAVE RIGHT TO REPAIR BROKEN PRODUCTSWhen you buy a product and it breaks, your ability to repair it is often limited or prevented by the manufacturer or seller. The FTC says it is going to fix this broken system by cracking down on illegal repair restrictions.
MONEYGRAM REFUNDS $125 MILLION TO SCAM VICTIMSThe FTC is trying to return $125 million to victims who wired money to con artists between 2013 and 2017 using MoneyGram. Here’s how to file a claim.
NEW FEDERAL RULE TARGETS FRAUDULENT ‘MADE IN USA’ CLAIMSFinally, the Federal Trade Commission is going to crack down on fraudulent ‘Made in USA’ claims.
2021 CHILD TAX CREDIT PAYMENTS START ARRIVING IN MID-JULYGood news for families who will qualify for the Child Tax Credit on their 2021 federal tax return: The credit is bigger, and some of the money is being sent out now.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT P2P PAYMENT APPS SOAR DURING PANDEMICAs the number of people using Venmo, CashApp, and Zelle have gone up, so have the complaints. People report having problems opening, closing, and managing their accounts.
THE PROS & CONS OF ‘BUY NOW, PAY LATER’ FINANCING FOR TRAVELThese plans can help with cash flow, and they are easy work-arounds for those who don’t have credit cards. But as with all financing options, it’s important to read the fine print.
NEW SURVEY: CREDIT BUREAU MISTAKES ARE STILL A PROBLEMA unique new survey by Consumer Reports finds that credit bureau mistakes happen all too often. Many of these errors could lower your credit scores.