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News

2017

February

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  • Are you being ripped off on Internet speeds? Lawsuit says yes. The fine print of Charter Communications’ high-speed Internet service says a “small percent of customers will receive lower than advertised speeds.” One attorney general says the problem is actually widespread — “a consistent story of…
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  • New regime plans to 'trump' consumer protections. Statement by Linda Sherry, Director, National Priorities, Consumer Action President Trump’s announcement today to dismantle the Dodd-Frank financial protection law and cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) puts average Americans’ finances at risk.  U.S.…
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  • Identity fraud hits record number of Americans in 2016. Identity thieves, who commit financial fraud with stolen account information, had a banner year in 2016.  Despite widespread efforts to fight this crime wave, the crooks successfully netted two million more victims and stole $16…
  • How to fend off a highjacking of home devices. Modern homes today are getting internet-connected light bulbs, thermostats, TVs and speakers.  If one of these devices gets hijacked, hackers could potentially snoop around for sensitive data like financial or health information. When shopping for…

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  • ¿Qué tan mala es la dependencia al correo electrónico?. Esta es una pregunta complicada. Aunque los investigadores han encontrado una correlación entre lidiar con el correo electrónico y el malestar (por ejemplo, sentirse estresado o emocionalmente agotado), esto no significa que el correo en…
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  • Adictos a nuestros celulares. Los hombres, mujeres y niños que se la pasan todos los días pegados a sus celulares y revisando sus cuentas de redes sociales podrían aprender algo de Lin-Manuel Miranda, el creador de Hamilton, una innovadora…
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  • Credit scores: Your 'magic number' is an illusion. Think you know your credit score? Think again.  The number you see — whether you paid for your score or not — is probably not what a lender gets. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced…
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  • Why is the public apathetic about deregulating banks?. Many Americans were outraged by Republican lawmakers’ attempt last week to get rid of Congress’ independent ethics watchdog and instead oversee themselves. But if Americans were so quick to recognize the ridiculousness of allowing the…