What’s the Catch? Five Popular "Offers" to Beware

July 2014

Enticing offers pop up frequently online, on TV, and in stores for services or goods that you might actually use if they were legitimate. But are they? Is there a catch? If so, what is it? What are your real alternatives? This report looks at five of the most popular advertising come-ons.

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Concerned About Online Tracking? You're Tracked Offline Too

The discussion about the tracking of our activities, purchases, likes, and so forth has been focused online. Now comes news about tracking us in stores and other places offline. While stores have used various methods to track customers within the store, these have usually been anonymous. Now stores are taking advantage of technology and using information that is transmitted by smartphones such as the media access control (MAC) address and retailer’s or shopping apps. In addition, apps provided by retailers can collect personal data and information about buying habits.

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I Know How to Make a Decision! Or Do I?

Are you ever in doubt?

  • Maybe
  • Who knows?
  • Sometimes, and sometimes not


Imagine this: Within the next six months, you will have to choose which college you'll attend and what exactly you want to study. Yikes!

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July 2014

This month we highlight podcasts about getting your passwords under control, smart phone theft prevention, and tricky ads from Consumer Reports.

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