Customer Survey Scams: From Reward to Rip-Off

Giving your two cents in some telephone, text-message or online “customer satisfaction” surveys can come at a steep cost: an endless barrage of more phone calls, pop-up messages and spam; malware to compromise your smartphone or computer or to steal sensitive files; or even identity theft. According to the Better Business Bureau, the latest survey scam making the rounds involves emails supposedly from leading retailers including Macy’s and Walgreens. In the scheme, you’re told you’ve been selected to complete a survey about a recent shopping …

This Week in Boomer History: Woodstock … Berlin … IBM PC

Notable events from our shared experience “This year’s monster movie star,” Jack Nicholson, makes the cover of Time magazine Aug. 12, 1974, two months after Chinatown opened. The IBM Personal Computer is announced Aug. 12, 1981, with a price of $1,565. According to IBM: “Two decades earlier, an IBM computer often cost as much as $9 million and required an air-conditioned quarter-acre of space and a staff of 60 people to keep it fully loaded with instructions.” >> Photos: Famous …

Can Your Face Predict How Long You’ll Live?

Scientists are working on technology that would predict how long you’re likely to live based on how your face has aged, the Washington Post reports. And you can help them – but more on that in a minute. The project is the brainchild of Jay Olshansky, a biodemographer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who told the Post that it’s drawn the interest of insurance company executives who see its potential for helping to set premiums. The technology is …

Beware of Fake Funeral Notices

With the latest malware campaign aimed at hijacking sensitive computer files and online accounts, scammers have sunk to a new low – specifically, six feet under. Cybercrooks are emailing fake funeral notifications. Stealing the names and logos of legitimate funeral homes, they appear to be an e-invite to a funeral or remembrance service for an unnamed friend or acquaintance. The gotcha is a link, alleged to provide details about the “upcoming celebration of your friend’s life service.” Click it and “instead …

Websites for Cyber Monday and Beyond

If you want to ease your holiday stress this year, join me by shopping online. Since sales occur daily, you can compare prices and visit multiple stores in your comfy clothes. Enjoy the experience at home or even on the beach using your computer or tablet. Here are some of my favorite websites to help you send gifts to everyone on your list – including yourself. For the Techie BuyVia – If you’re buying a tech or electronic item this …