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Fake tech support operators are calling computer users in an effort to hack their computers. (Credit: CBS 2)

Seen At 11: Old Computer Hacking Scam Back With A New Twist

When Sandra Seip’s phone rang at 11 p.m., she couldn’t believe the person on the other end of the line was calling about her computer, saying the matter was urgent.

09/05/2014

The Flex, an "electronic coach" device by Fitbit (Credit: Getty Images)

Sen. Schumer Asks FTC To Probe Use Of Data Collected By Fitness Technology

The New York Democrat said there are no current federal protections against such privacy intrusions, the companies’ policies aren’t clear, and consumers should have the ability to opt out.

08/10/2014

GPS device in a car (file/credit: GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Privacy Concerns Raised As ‘Smart Cars’ Track Personal Data

Your GPS and other high-tech on-board devices can be secretly tracking your every move.

02/24/2014

A customer uses the credit card scanner at a Target store (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Menendez Calls For Investigation Of Target Breach

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said consumers should be better protected and retailers who fail to safeguard information should be held accountable.

12/26/2013

There are companies out there paid to find out everything about your finances -- and you have no ammunition to fight back because what they do is all legal. (Photo: CBS 2)

Seen At 11: Consumer Reporting Agencies Can Legally Obtain Your Personal Info

We know how important a credit report can be. It affects everything from getting a loan, a job, even a date. Now, there’s a new kind of report, so detailed, it reveals your most private information — and it’s all perfectly legal.

11/12/2013

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Seen At 11: Is Your Favorite Fitness App Keeping Your Personal Info Secure?

Health and fitness apps designed to help with everything from diet and exercise to monitoring a health condition have been gaining popularity.

10/09/2013

I am pretty sure there was a time in our lives when we could walk more than two blocks without our fingers itching for our phones. (Photo: Flickr)

Seen At 11: Those Unsolicited Text Messages May Cost You

If you have a mobile phone, there is a good chance that you have received an unsolicited text. And you could also be getting something unexpected – a hidden bill.

08/14/2013

Sen. Chuck Schumer (credit: CBS 2)

Schumer: Tracking Shoppers Via Smartphones Is A Major Invasion Of Privacy

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on federal authorities to regulate retailers’ practice of tracking their shoppers’ every move in their stores through smartphones.

07/28/2013

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Seen At 11: Phony Tech Support Scams Target Web Users

CBS 2 has this major warning about the latest cyber scam sweeping the Internet – phony tech support sites.

06/11/2013

iPhone (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images for Big W)

Cellphone Scammers Could Be ‘Cramming’ Extra Charges On To Your Bill

Extra charges are getting buried on some cell phone bills and it isn’t the phone company that’s putting them there.

05/16/2013

Aaron Foss has come up with a way to combat robocalls. (credit: CBS 2)

Port Jefferson Man Wins FTC Contest With System To Stop Robocalls

A Long Island man may have solved one of the perpetual annoyances of living in the telephone age.

04/03/2013

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Seen At 11: Authorities Crack Down On Data Brokers Who Track Your Web Activity

Federal authorities have launched a crackdown on data brokers – people who track your every search and purchase on the Internet and sell the information.

03/12/2013

IRS Tax Form 1040 (credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Rep. Israel Warns Of People Stealing Identities To Get Tax Refunds

You have probably heard about people stealing identities to open credit cards and purchase cars. But there a growing problem – people getting tax refunds after stealing someone’s identity.

02/22/2013

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You’re On The ‘Do Not Call List’ So Why Do You Keep Getting Robocalls?

As we get deeper into election season, the number of household robocalls is increasing, and you may wonder why you’re getting them at all.

07/23/2012

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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