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Does your health app protect your sensitive info?

Miles Plant
New health apps are popping up every day, promising to help you track your health conditions, count your calories, manage your medications, or predict your ovulation. These apps often ask for some of
Consumer Alert

And a smart fridge in a pear tree

Jennifer Leach
On this 12th and final day of consumer protection — just of this series, you understand, not ever — here are a few reminders as you head toward whatever holiday you celebrate (or don’t) this December
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Incorrect background reports can deny you a home

Lisa Lake
Whether you’re just starting out or starting a new life, information on your background report can determine if you get credit, a job, or even housing. That’s why the law requires background screening
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2020 Census: Visiting homes and sending emails

Colleen Tressler
The Federal Trade Commission is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to help you guard against potential census scams. Knowing how the 2020 Census process works, what information you will — and won
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Scam emails demand Bitcoin, threaten blackmail

Bridget Small
The FTC uses the information it gets from people who report scams to keep close watch on trends, so we can alert you to changes. Here’s one: reports of Bitcoin blackmail scams have taken a big jump in
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Helping Hispanics avoid fraud

Andrew Smith
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15) is a time to celebrate the rich culture, heritage, and contributions of Hispanics. It is also a time to reflect on the FTC’s commitment to help Hispanic
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Equifax data breach: Pick free credit monitoring

Robert Schoshinski
Just last week, the FTC and others reached a settlement with Equifax about its September 2017 data breach that exposed personal information of 147 million people. We’ve told you to go to ftc.gov
Consumer Alert

The Capital One data breach: Time to check your credit report

Seena Gressin
If you needed yet another nudge to start keeping an eye on your credit report to protect against identity theft, Capital One has delivered it with its announcement that a data breach has exposed the
Consumer Alert

Equifax Data Breach: Beware of Fake Settlement Websites

Michael Atleson
Just last week, we told you to go to ftc.gov/Equifax to find out if your information – like your Social Security number – was exposed in the September 2017 Equifax data breach. At that same website