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Optional Insurance Coverage: Homeowners Posted on Feb 6

Optional Insurance Coverage: Homeowners

From flood insurance to personal property endorsements, many consumers are unaware of the optional insurance coverage plans they can purchase for their home. Every home and individual homeowner need is different, but consumers can choose coverage they need to protect what makes their property unique.   …Continue Reading Optional Insurance Coverage: Homeowners

Marriott’s Starwood Hotels Have Suffered a Major Data Breach Posted on Dec 3

  Over 500 million people may have been impacted by a data breach affecting the Marriott’s Starwood hotels guest reservation system. Marriott International, which owns the former Starwood brand hotels, says that in early September, an alert from a security tool provided notification that an   …Continue Reading Marriott’s Starwood Hotels Have Suffered a Major Data Breach

Shedding Light on Holiday Decoration Safety Posted on Nov 27

Shedding Light on Holiday Decoration Safety

The holiday season is in full swing, gifts are wrapped, recipes collected, and those strings of lights untangled. However, this popular decoration can be dangerous if not handled properly. We’ve gathered some tips on how to stay safe and festive this season: Make sure your   …Continue Reading Shedding Light on Holiday Decoration Safety

The Skinny on Dietary Supplements Posted on Sep 14

The Skinny on Dietary Supplements

We’ve all seen the ads for weight-loss pills and other dietary supplements online, in our favorite magazines, and in television commercials. But what do consumers really know about this market? After a recent investigation by Consumer Reports into the supplement market, we put together some tips consumers should keep in mind.

The Sharing Economy Posted on Aug 3

The Sharing Economy

One of the newest innovations in digital commerce is the “sharing economy,” a term used to describe a variety of businesses that use digital technology to directly match services and goods with customers. In just a few years, these businesses have developed the technology to facilitate peer-to-peer transactions, as well as streamline business-to-consumer transactions, in order to connect consumers with almost any good or service on demand.

Stay Safe While Catching Pokémon Posted on Jul 13

Stay Safe While Catching Pokémon

Pokémon Go, the new Nintendo app sweeping the world, melds famous fictional creatures with reality to allow users to “catch ‘em all” throughout their daily lives. But with the game’s new mobile dominance and rising popularity, comes real-world dangers for consumers.