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February 2019

Tax-Related Identity Theft
Tax-related ID Theft can be hard detect. Read more about it in this article from the FTC.

Tax Deductions: Can You Tell If These Are Legit?
Take this quiz from to see how well you know the federal tax law changes.

How to Spot Manipulative 'Dark Patterns' Online
Do you find protecting your privacy difficult. This guide from Consumer Reports provides tips that may help.

A Guided Tour of the Data Facebook Uses to Target Ads
This guide from the Electronic Frontier Foundation explains where the data comes from and what it means.

January 2019

IG Warns Public About Fraudulent Phone Calls Threatening Arrest or Legal Action
This warning from the Inspector General of Social Security describes fraudulent phone calls from persons claiming to be from the Social Security Administration.

What Does the Check Engine Light Really Mean?
This article from Consumer Reports can help you determine if there is a serious problem with your car.

Data breaches can sucker-punch you. Prepare to fight back
This article from CNET provides tips to help you develop a plan if you should become a victim.

Subscription Traps and Deceptive Free Trials Scam Millions with Misleading Ads and Fake Celebrity Endorsements
This study from the Better Business Bureau describes these scams in detail with examples.

December 2018

9 Winter Car Maintenance Tips
These tips from Kiplinger can help you prepare your car for winter weather.

Why You Should Be Careful About Donating Through Crowdfunding
Considering a donation to a crowd funded cause, read this Consumer Reports article first.

Trouble in Toyland
Before you buy toys this holiday season, check out the annual toy safety report from U.S. PIRG.

BBB Tip: Holiday Pop-Up Shops
Check out these tips from the Better Business Bureau before you buy from a pop-up shop.

November 2018

Robocalls and Scams Are Now One-Third of All Calls, Report Says
This article from Consumer Reports provides tips to reduce the number of robocalls you receive.

Protecting Your Kids from Identity Theft: Credit/Security Freezes
Children are at risk for identity theft. This article from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse shows how a credit freeze can help protect them.

A Citizen's Guide to Reducing Energy Waste
This report from U.S. PIRG provides tips to help you reduce your energy consumption.

Using Multiple Google Services? Keep Your Privacy More Secure While Using Chrome
Follow these steps from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse to opt-out of Chrome's automatic sign-in.

October 2018

Hang up on Medicare card scams
New Medicare cards are being issued and scammers are taking advantage. Avoid the scams with these tips from the FTC.

Protect Yourself From a Medical Data Breach
This article from Consumer Reports provides tips on how you can protect your health data.

Is My Identity on the Dark Web?
This article from AARP describes the dark web and how you can make it harder for ID thieves to exploit your data.

Does Insurance Cover That?
Take the quiz from to see how much you know about insurance coverage.