What’s antibiotic resistance and what you can do about it

I’ve written about antibiotic resistance a number of times. Antibiotic resistance happens when germs such as bacteria and fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. That means the germs aren’t killed and continue to grow. Resistant infections can be difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat. Read more →


What should you do about the latest T-Mobile data breach of 37 million accounts?

I’m now a T-Mobile customer. Darn. I switched because I was upset that Verizon wouldn’t give me a deal on a new iPhone and I wanted to be in a family plan with my grandson from Spain who’s going to college in Massachusetts. T-Mobile announced last week that its customer records have been hacked again. Read more →


Feds and states file lawsuit against Google for monopolizing ad tech markets

It’s positive to see government agencies working to curb monopoly power. The U.S. Department of Justice and eight states filed a lawsuit on Tuesday charging Google with operating an unfair monopoly scheme in markets for advertising technology. The lawsuit alleges Google leverages control over advertising technologies. Read more →


Watch out for problems with peer-to-peer payment apps like Venmo and Zelle

I’ve written about it before, but it’s worth highlighting again. A Consumer Reports evaluation of peer-to-peer or P2P payment apps found that users could lose money to fraud or scams and face privacy risks because app providers may share their personal information widely and it’s difficult for users to delete their data. Read more →


Watch out for ‘dark patterns’ that trick you into paying recurring charges for products and services you don’t want

Financial writers recommend when you’re having money problems that you review your subscriptions. Sometimes subscriptions that you aren’t using keep renewing or you didn’t realize you had one. “Negative option” programs include subscription services that automatically renew, and trial marketing programs that charge a reduced fee for an initial period. Read more →