Consumer Issues & ID Theft / Privacy & Security

  • How to block email trackers in retail newsletters

      

    Certain images embedded in emails you receive from retailers allow them to track when you've opened it. Here’s a way you can prevent that.

  • Qkey offers a safer way to browse and shop online

      

    So much of what's popping up at CES 2016 is about security and your protecting yourself online. Qkey is a device that lets you store personal info on it enabling you to safely browse and shop...

  • Why You Need To Turn Paper Statements Back On

      

    Another day, another report about major security breaches! I read recently about a ring of hackers figured out how to break into the big banks' back office system in the fall of 2013. To...

  • New phone app make it safer to walk home alone

      

    If you walk home alone or worry about the safety of your surroundings, this new app will give you more confidence

  • Easy way to know if your account has been compromised

      

    With all the endless news of data breaches these days, it's easy to wonder, "Has my e-mail address been stolen?" Now there's an easy way to find out! HaveIBeenPwned.com is a...

  • Fake package tracking notification could be malware

      

    An ugly email virus scam masquerading as a delivery notice could foul up your finances this Christmas season. Now's a great time to refamiliarize yourself with a warning from security firm...

  • Lyft, First National Bank want the right to robocall you

      

    Here's yet another case of companies behaving badly. Two big companies have both announced new terms of service that raise concerns about the possibility of unlimited spam texts and robocalls...

  • Spotify's new privacy policy collects personal data

      

    Spotify’s new privacy policy has been met with raised eyebrows from critics. After a recent app update, the music streaming service wanted access to “contacts, photos or...

  • Two inventors develop new app to stop robocalls

      

    Ethan Garr and Bryan Moyles have won a competition hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that offered a large bounty for solving the robocall problem, according to Consumerist. Federal...

  • Most Android phones can be hacked with one simple text

      

    A flaw found in Android's software puts 95% of users at risk of being hacked, according to a security research company. Read more: How to fix a smartphone infected with...

  • Cheap way to hire a private detective online

      

    If you're dating someone you met online, how can you be sure that person is really who they say they are? Meeting people online was something that did not exist when I was single. Back then...

  • Chrysler recalls several Jeeps and other vehicles over hijack threat

      

    Chrysler announced Friday that it is recalling 1.4 million cars due to a security flaw that makes them vulnerable to hackers.    A Wired magazine investigation demonstrated how...

  • Google wants to sequence your DNA on Ancestry.com

      

    If you are worried about social media and websites having too much access to your digital information (ahem, Ashley Madison), imagine a tech giant getting access to your very DNA. A...

  • Watch hackers remotely take control of a Jeep on the highway

      

    Hackers claim they have developed software that can effectively take control of a Jeep Cherokee's dashboard, transmission, steering and even brakes.   Charlie Miller and Chris...

  • How to keep your digital footprint small and secure.

      

    Data breaches are putting your personal info at risk. But the power to protect it is in your hands.