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Whenever I buy something electronic, whether a new smartphone, TV, laptop or whatever, I typically receive a hard pitch to buy an extended warranty on the product. I generally opt not to, but is that the right choice? To answer that question, there is both an economic and a psychological way to look at it.
Tech support scammer
En español | For six years, telephones have been ringing off the hook with alarming but bogus news: There’s a dangerous virus on your computer, and the caller – a self-described technician with Microsoft, “Windows” or an antivirus software company – says he can remove it … for a price.
Two-step authentication
In an era in which online accounts can be cracked with sophisticated software or a hacker’s ingenuity, taking an extra step when you log in can give you miles in added protection — even when using “strong” passwords.
Think you’re safer paying with cash? Not always. For instance, holiday shopping means mall pickpockets are on the prowl.
Insecurity final
For the third time this year, I opened an unmarked envelope to find a new credit card glued to the insert. Actually, it wasn’t a new card. Just a replacement for my current card, now unusable because of a security breach somewhere. I’ll be amazed if this card makes it to the end of the year. Sound familiar?
Obama Campaigns Across The U.S. In Final Week Before Election
Yes, even the president of the United States gets his credit card declined.
Frank Abagnale
Frank Abagnale, former master check forger, has some sobering advice for the rest of us:
Burn fat, grow hair, or remove wrinkles while you sleep. Earn thousands a day working from home. Learn about "secret" government grants that are yours for the asking.
Phone calls claim there's a problem with your bank account or credit or debit card. Some allege you qualify for a lower-interest-rate credit card because you've been such a good customer. And the newest trick: telling businesses that their card-swiping machines aren't working right and credit card transactions must be made by phone.
Robocalls continue to falsely claim that AARP is providing "free" medical alert devices (I got one just yesterday, with a displayed caller ID number belonging to a local swim club), and now there's a new ruse faking the AARP name.
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