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Charging Your Phone in Public? Watch that Port!

Smartphone ChargingSmartphones have become ubiquitous, and having a charged cellphone provides a sense of security. That’s why, when the battery meter starts to dip, a cold sense of panic rises in your stomach.

Many public places have begun to adapt to this change by providing USB ports in addition to electrical outlets. That means smartphone owners can now plug directly into the wall.

What to Do About Spam: Cutting Down on Unwanted E-mail

Spam trying to get through firewallQ: My inbox is overflowing with unwanted e-mails. Everyone wants to sell me something, or worse, steal from me! How can I take my inbox back from these spammers?

A: Spam is big business. According to web security firm, Norton, 72% of e-mail messages are spam. That means for every three e-mails from people wanting to have a real conversation with you, there’s another seven that are from unwanted sources.

Keeping Friends and Finances: Dealing with Financially Challenging Friendships

young people enjoying outdoor partyPoet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” What’s left unsaid is that many times, it’s the friendship you can’t afford! In fact, some friends can be a serious drain on your savings.

Is Unlimited Data Worth It?

family using smartphonesQ: I’m shopping for a new phone plan for my family. Is an unlimited data plan a good option?

A: On paper, unlimited data seems like a great deal. You can use your smartphone as much as you want and you’ll never be charged for overages. Something about the word “unlimited” makes the plan seem more valuable. You’ll never have to worry about exceeding your data caps again.

Beware of the Fake Tax Form Scam

w-2 form, glasses, money, penTax season is a confusing time. In the midst of a paperwork blizzard, it seems that everyone needs triplicate copies of every document. It’s not unusual for someone to lose a copy of an important document and need it to be re-issued. Of course, everyone’s busy enough that no one wants to double check.

Best Times to Buy

Young people on devices shoppingWhen you’re mulling over a major purchase, the right price can often tip the scales. If you’re patient, willing to research and time your buys just right, you can save quite a bit of green. Here are the best things to buy during each month for the rest of the year!

How To Respond To ‘Can You Hear Me?’

Woman using smart phone and holding coffee“Can you hear me now?” is the once-popular tagline of Verizon commercials, but it’s also the headline of a new scam. Scammers making robocalls will ask some innocuous question. Once the targeted person says “yes,” a recording is made of the response and it is used to sign up the target for unwanted, expensive services. It’s a scheme that’s been targeted at businesses before, but it has now shifted targeting to individual consumers across the country.

Home Shows

Home and Garden ShowEmbarking on home improvement and renovation projects can be exciting – and intimidating. To get inspired, you might spend weeks reading home magazines, making the rounds to home improvement stores and searching the Internet. Or you might spend a day going to a home show.

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