• WE LOVE SOCIAL MEDIA,
    BUT LIKE FACEBOOK & TWITTER LESS
    • Americans are spending more time on social media, but are increasingly dissatisfied with the experience, a new survey shows. Although people are generally pleased with their overall online experience, Facebook and Twitter saw a marked decrease in satisfaction.

HACK ALERT: HOW TO KEEP DIGITAL INFO SAFE AT THE OLYMPICS
Cyber criminals hope to score big at the Olympics by hacking visitor’s digital devices to steal account numbers, passwords and other sensitive information. People who follow the competition from home are also vulnerable.
 
ID THIEVES HIJACK MOBILE PHONE ACCOUNTS
Identity thieves have come up with another devious way to make money by pretending to be someone else. While a common criminal might try to snatch your smartphone for some quick cash, these clever crooks take over your wireless account.
 
AMERICA'S FAVORITES: TOP-RATED RESTAURANT CHAINS
A new survey shows that restaurants are doing a better job of providing higher-quality food and better service than they have in many years. As always, some are doing a better job than the rest. Which chains topped this year’s ratings?
 
FAKE GOLD & SILVER COINS FLOODING THE US MARKET
Counterfeit coins are getting so good that it’s often difficult to spot them. Get burned and you could lose a bundle and there’s probably no recourse. Here’s how to protect yourself.
 
PAY DAY LOANS: FEDS PROPOSE NEW RULES TO END 'DEBT TRAP'
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed new rules that would require these lenders to make sure a borrower can repay that loan before approving it. Industry is opposed. Consumer groups say it’s a good start but does not go far enough.
 
SCAMMERS GET VICTIMS TO PAY WITH ITUNES GIFT CARDS
Fraud Alert: The popular iTunes gift card has become the payment method of choice for many swindlers. It’s a quick, convenient and untraceable way for them to steal money from their victims. Here’s how to protect yourself.
 
BUSINESSES WANT CONGRESS TO WEAKEN ROBOCALL LAWS
We hate robocalls. Companies realize this – and yet, they're asking Congress to reduce the possible penalties for making illegal robocalls. Consumer groups vow that isn't going to happen without a fight.
 
PODCAST: CONSUMER REPORTS RATES SUNSCREENS
Also: Dealing with student loan debt, the facts about underwear, crooks target medical records and how to train your dog to stop jumping.
 
CYBER ATTACKS AND NEGLIGENCE LEAD TO RISE IN MEDICAL DATA BREACHES
America's healthcare organizations are not doing enough to deal with the growing threat, according to a new report. These breaches are increasingly costly and frequent, and continue to put patient data at risk for use by identity thieves.
 
PODCAST: TOP-RATED GARDEN CENTERS
Also: Scammers try to get paid via iTunes cards, TSA security delays, used car bargains, ways to waste less food & Consumer Reports looks at pet insurance.

HERB'S FREE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

* indicates required field

We will never share this info

Advertisement


                      Home  |  About  |  Helpful Links  |  Get Help  |  Scams  |  FAQs  |  Calculators  |  Radio Show Archives

 

   Knowledge is power. The ConsumerMan gives you the information you need to be a smarter consumer.

 © 2016 Herb Weisbaum, The ConsumerMan. All Rights Reserved.
 

  PRIVACY POLICY: The ConsumerMan site does not collect or keep personally identifiable information. Third-party vendors and their ad networks (including Google) use cookies, clear gifs, or web beacons to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to ConsumerMan.com and other sites. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the advertising opt-out page. You may opt-out of many other third-party cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.