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July 2019

Can you really just go to the Equifax website and get $125?

Although dozens of people have said on Facebook that you can easily get the $125 from the Equifax data breach settlement, the answer is no, you can’t. When you go to the website, you need to list what activities you did related to the breach that cost you money. Read more →


What to do about Capital One’s gigantic data breach

A massive data theft at Capital One exposed personal information, including some Social Security numbers, of more than 100 million people. It’s the largest data theft from any bank. Consumers should freeze their credit reports for free to safeguard their financial security. Read more →


Table saws sold at Lowe’s are being recalled by Chang Type due to fire hazard

Chang Type Industrial Co. is recalling about 258,000 Porter-Cable 10” table saws in the United States and 990 were in Canada. The motor can overheat, creating a fire hazard. Chang Type has received 61 reports of the table saw motors overheating and causing fires. Read more →


Facebook to pay $5 billion for privacy lapses, but consumer groups say changes the company agreed to won’t solve its privacy problems  

Facebook will pay a record-breaking $5 billion penalty, and submit to new restrictions and a modified corporate structure that will hold the company accountable for the decisions it makes about its users’ privacy, to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. Read more →


Equifax to pay up to $700 million for 2017 data breach

Equifax has agreed to pay $575 million, and possibly up to $700 million, in a settlement with the FTC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and 50 states. The settlement alleges that the company’s failure to take steps to secure its network led to a data breach. Read more →