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Is Someone Following You Around the Store as You Shop?

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteWell, they might be — if you are one of the 58 percent of adult Americans who own a smartphone. Each smartphone broadcasts a unique identifying code through signals emitted as the phone searches for available networks. Retailers can track these signals and follow the in-store movements of customers as they shop. Most consumers understand that online stores track shoppers as they navigate around their websites. Yet, few realize some brick-and-mortar retail stores and shopping malls are using smartphone mobile analytics …

6 Places Never to Use a Debit Card

Posted on 05/23/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsCredit or debit? Although both cards look the same, they offer different protections. Under federal law, if your credit card is used to make unauthorized charges after it is lost or stolen, you’re liable for only $50 — no matter the amount and with no time restrictions to report the fraud. And many issuers won’t even charge the $50 for valued customers. But with a debit card, you have just two business days to report an unauthorized loss or money transfer, or …