Is Your Gym Exposing More Than Your Abs?

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Is Your Gym Exposing More Than Your Abs?

Is Your Gym Exposing More Than Your Abs?

When Apple announced a serious hardware flaw last week, and the critical security patch that addressed it, my first thought was perhaps arbitrary: “That exploit would work at the gym.” My next thought: what else would? The discovery of a zero-day exploit affecting hardware—specifically a WiFi chip embedded in the main processors of Apple devices—was... Read More

Can Your Adopted Pet Expose You to Fraud?

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Can Your Adopted Pet Expose You to Fraud?

Can Your Adopted Pet Expose You to Fraud?

Pet ownership has definite upsides. You get companionship and exercise and the satisfaction of doing a good deed. Plus, people who own pets live longer. Unfortunately, pet ownership can also make you a target for phishers, scammers and identity thieves. The Vector du Jour With 65% of U.S. households including pets (and an estimated $60... Read More

How to Avoid the Latest Airbnb Scam

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How to Avoid the Latest Airbnb Scam

How to Avoid the Latest Airbnb Scam

A friend of mine showed up last night at a place we sometimes meet. He looked like Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale after lobbing a game-ending home run to Aaron Judge of the Yankees. He was supposed to have been on a plane to Italy. I asked him what happened. “We were all set to head... Read More

5 Signs Your Fad Fitness Program Is Really a Money-Waster

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5 Signs Your Fad Fitness Program Is Really a Money-Waster

5 Signs Your Fad Fitness Program Is Really a Money-Waster

There’s nothing wrong with paying for a fitness regime. If the program works, isn’t driving you into debt or causing any health problems, its costs could be negligible. Unfortunately, fitness fads are a dime a dozen and many programs, plans or products don’t work as advertised. In fact, plenty are downright bogus. Do a quick search for... Read More

6 Summer Scams & How to Avoid Them

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6 Summer Scams & How to Avoid Them

6 Summer Scams & How to Avoid Them

As the weather gets warmer, mosquitos and ticks re-enter our lives, and along with them comes their larger cousin, the scam artist. There are ways to prepare for those seasonal meal stealers. The same goes for scams, as foreknowledge is the best repellent. Ticks and mosquitos aren’t harmless — they are well-known vectors for serious... Read More

How Trump’s Immigration Policy Spurred a Deportation Scam

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How Trump’s Immigration Policy Spurred a Deportation Scam

How Trump’s Immigration Policy Spurred a Deportation Scam

For those who thought President Trump’s stance on immigration was the gossamer of election year overpromising, it’s time to adjust that thinking. The administration last week unveiled plans to target all “removable” aliens. It is a staggering number of people: 11 million. If I told you that Price Waterhouse blamed the envelope mix-up at the... Read More

The Surefire Trick to Avoiding Holiday Phishing Scams

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The Surefire Trick to Avoiding Holiday Phishing Scams

The Surefire Trick to Avoiding Holiday Phishing Scams

Every year I dedicate a column to the scams of the holiday season, and every year the roundup gets bounced around the internet — all too often among friends who’ve been scammed. (For a rundown of what’s out there, check out last year’s post.) So what’s new this year? Unfortunately, not very much. There’s the... Read More

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