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The Mobile Monitor: Protecting Yourself From Stealthy Apps Collecting Your Personal Info

Whenever you download an app, do a search on Google or even play a game on your cell phone, you’re putting your personal information at risk.

08/03/2012

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Ask Asa: When Designer Deals Turn Into Disasters

Buying a designer label means more than just a famous name stamped on your pants or purse. There’s a cut, feel and quality that is evident. But sometimes, designer deals turn into disasters.

08/03/2012

Published writer June Lay was nearly the victim of a mystery-shopper scam. (Credit: CBS 2)

Ask Asa: Consumer Federation Of America Releases List Of Most Dubious Opportunities

Scams are everywhere, and on Tuesday the Consumer Federation of America released its list of the most dubious opportunities.

07/31/2012

Newport Beach Party

Ask Asa: Trip Insurance

As we reach the height of the summer travel season many people have their sights set on exotic destinations.

07/25/2012

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Ask Asa: Proposed Regulation Could Affect Online Shoppers

If you love the ease of shopping online, then you may not like a proposed federal regulation that could take a big bite out of your shopping budget

07/23/2012

Microsoft has safe ways to ensure that your computer is protected. (Credit: CBS 2)

Ask Asa: Beware Of Computer Scammers That Call Your Home Directly

A panicky phone call from someone claiming to help solve your computer problems could wind up being more of a problem than a solution.

07/20/2012

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Ask Asa: Wedding Insurance

Weddings are supposed to be memorable events, but sometimes they become memorable for all of the wrong reasons.

07/18/2012

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Ask Asa: Waiting For An IRS Refund

Software and system problems caused thousands of IRS refund checks to be delayed this year. One woman decided that she had waited long enough, so she went to CBS’s Asa Aarons for help.

07/16/2012

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Ask Asa: Lazy Days Of Summer Could Mean Major Opportunities For The Unemployed

The lazy, hazy days of summer are here. But if you’re unemployed, these could also be days of opportunity. And there is a way to beat the competition and land a new job.

07/13/2012

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Ask Asa: Social Media Scoring

Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are a great way for people to stay connected. But now some people who are very active online are reaping the benefits in the form of vacations, cash prizes, and more.

07/09/2012

Someone's eye always appears to be focused on you and your spending habits. (Credit: CBS 2)

Ask Asa: Consumers Are Followed, Targeted When They Browse Online

Do you ever have that feeling that someone is watching you? A remote, spectral figure monitoring what you do? It’s not paranoia. It’s modern consumer life.

07/06/2012

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Ask Asa: Protecting Yourself From Webcam Hackers

Where you go and what you do might all be observed by an invisible intruder. And worst of all, you may be the one making the surveillance possible. But there are ways to protect your privacy from the growing threat of remote webcams.

07/05/2012

Computer User Who May Not Know She Has The ‘Doomsday Virus’ (Credit: CBS 2)

Ask Asa: ‘Doomsday Virus’ Could Affect Your Computer If You Don’t Take Action Soon

The doomsday virus capable of knocking out your computer is still active and dangerous. In fact, the clock is ticking on it and if you don’t take action in a few days you could be hit with it.

07/05/2012

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Ask Asa: Your Old Smart Phone’s Memory Could End Up Your Headache

You wouldn’t sell a file cabinet loaded with your personal information to strangers. But that may be exactly what happens when you trade in or sell your used smart phone.

07/03/2012

Piles of garbage sit on a street corner in Midtown. (credit: Philip J. Victor, CBSNewYork.com)

Ask Asa: Safeguarding Your Garbage

Finding out that rodents and pests have gotten into your garbage can be a frustrating experience for any homeowner.

07/02/2012