Tuesday, October 23

August 2015

Is your home security system a scam magnet?
This Consumer Reports article describes how scammers target homeowners with existing alarm systems.

Card cracking: Not what it's cracked up to be
Check out the description of this scam that aims to get you to provide your bank account information, PIN number or online banking credentials.

10 things advertisers won't tell you
These 10 things describe how advertising impacts you every day.

FoodKeeper App
This app can help you save money by understanding how to store over 400 foods and beverages for the best shelf life. It provides storage times for refrigerator, freezer, and pantry.

July 2015

Protect Your Money
This section on the FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) website has lots of information to help you check out investments and investment professionals, avoid fraud, and protect your identity. It includes investor alerts and many helpful tools and calculators such as the risk meter, the scam meter, 529 expense analyzer, and fund analyzer.

The Apartment Rental Credit Check Scam Is Alive And Well
This Consumerist article describes the scam and red flags to look for.

Before paying with bitcoins...
If you are interested in paying with a virtual currency, these tips from the FTC can help you avoid problems.

A Home Cooling Strategy for Lower Energy Bills
These tips from the Energy Saver blog can help you save money by planning an efficient home cooling strategy.

June 2015

Cruise Control
Planning a cruise? Before you book, check out cruise ship health and safety data from ProPublica.

How to keep your health care insurance costs down
Use these tips from Consumer Reports to help save money on medical care.

Using Internet Cameras: Take These Steps to Protect Your Privacy and Security
If you have an Internet Camera or are planning to get one, these tips will help you ensure your privacy and security.

A pack rat's guide to shredding
How long should you save those piles of documents? This graphic from the FTC will help you decide when you should shred them.

March 2015

How to get personal data off your devices
If you are planning on replacing a device, these tips from Consumer Reports will help you wipe your device before you recycle, trade in, sell, or donate it.

Parents Central from Safercar.gov
This site from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will help you keep your kids safe on the road whether they are in car seats, starting to drive, or in between.

Get Your Digital House in Order!
These tips from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse can help you improve your privacy and the security of your digital accounts.

Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks
Check out these tips from the FTC before you use any public networks.

February 2015

How to get the best deal on practically anything
Following these tips can help you get the lowest price on many products.

IRS Annual "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams
The IRS is providing detailed descriptions and tips for each of the "dirty dozen" tax scams that may affect taxpayers during tax season.

7 Factors That Determine Your Mortgage Interest Rate
Before you start shopping for a mortgage, check out these 7 factors that can affect your interest rate and use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's interactive tool to see how they may affect your interest rate.