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February 2015

Superfish software on your Lenovo notebook? Take it off

You may have seen news stories about Superfish software on Lenovo notebooks. Lenovo began pre-installing Superfish on some notebooks in September 2014. The software makes it easier for hackers to access your personal information, even when you’re visiting a website, such as a bank’s website, that uses HTTPS to encrypt... Read more →

Lottery scams: Don't believe that phone call that says you've won millions

By Lois Greisman Associate Director, Division of Marketing Practices, Federal Trade Commission For years, we’ve been hearing about lottery scams: the imposter who convinces you that you’ve won the lottery – you didn’t – and all you have to do is pay some fees to collect your millions – you... Read more →

Obama supports proposed federal rule that would better regulate investment advisers

Americans who receiving retirement investment advice need better protection and a rule proposed by U.S. Department of Labor’s would limit conflicts of interest and increase accountability. Pres. Obama spoke Monday in favor of the rule, which the department is expected to submit formally in the coming months. It needs to... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers ponder change

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #392. Spring is coming and boomer bloggers are thinking about new beginnings. They’re writing about cleaning houses, starting anew in life, getting rid of the gray – hair that is, and whether boomers should start business. The task of cleaning... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Kidde disposable plastic fire extinguishers due to failure to discharge

Kidde is recalling about 4.6 million disposable plastic fire extinguishers in the United States and 175,000 in Canada. A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury, the... Read more →

Academy Award nominated movies for 2014 still too violent, often unimaginative

Movies continue to be extremely popular and have so much power. It’s disappointing, again, that so much violence is offered, especially in children’s movies. Here are my selections and comments on last year’s movies: Best picture – “The Theory of Everything” and “The Imitation Game” I was leaning toward “The... Read more →

Santander to eliminate barriers that excluded low-income Americans from getting financial services

Photo: Hectr Santander Bank has agreed to adopt new policies for use of its ChexSystems, a consumer-reporting agency that screens people who want to open checking or savings accounts. Santander’s new policies are expected to allow thousands of additional consumers nationwide to open bank accounts by Sept. 30, said New... Read more →

Feds charge company with deceptively marketing mosquito repellent wristbands

By Alvaro Puig, Consumer Education Specialist, Federal Trade Commission Imagine you’re sitting on the patio sipping a cold, refreshing drink, or you’re watching your kid’s afternoon game. Then, without warning, those annoying, unwelcome guests swoop in and ruin the fun. Come on, now, I don’t mean your in-laws! I’m talking... Read more →