Are you making it too easy for hackers to infiltrate your smartphone?

Have you ever stopped to think about all the personal information you have on your smartphone? Do you pay your bills on your phone or check your account balances? Do you make online purchases from your smartphone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, are you also taking the proper steps to ensure…

BBB on the lookout for food label lies

Food allergies are becoming pervasive in society. I, personally, know a handful of people and one dog who have a wheat allergy, so I have more than a passing interest in the topic. Just a few years ago I had to define gluten (a protein found in wheat and other grains) every time I used…

AT&T users, beware of phishing attempt

We received an email from a concerned business owner regarding the status of his AT&T account. The following email was sent to him: SBC has discovered series of illegal attempts on your Account from a bad IP Location and will shut your account as it has been flagged as a spam account. You are to…

Review Sewer Line Coverage Mailers Carefully

Over the past few weeks, we have received quite a few phone calls from consumers looking for more information about mail solicitations regarding sewer line coverage for their home. The letters are coming from multiple companies reminding them that the area from their home to their property line is their responsibility should the line clog…

As renovations increase, BBB reminds consumers to do their homework

After years of a slumping housing market, things might be looking a little brighter. The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity predicts that remodeling projects will pick up this year, indicating that the sales of existing homes will rise as well. “Sales of existing homes have been increasing in recent months, offering more opportunities for home…

Know the difference between a credit report and credit score

January is a great time to ensure your credit is in good standing. With so much advertising revolving around free credit reports and credit scores, many people get confused on the difference between the two. To help separate these two reports, BBB reminds you that: Credit reports are free, credit scores are not. You can…

Internet deals sometimes lead to frustration

I’ll admit it; I get suckered in by those online deal sites. I get the daily email and check the sites before trying a new restaurant or even sometimes before going to see a movie at my favorite theater. And, every so often, I have to separate myself from the computer when I see that…

Recent Recalls of 2012

Check out some of the most recently recalled items of 2012. Make sure none of your new Christmas gadgets made the list! The Land of Nod bed frames – Entrapment hazard Triple Eight Distribution bike helmets—Not compliant with safety standards Target LED flashlight sets—fire hazard IKEA high chairs—Child restraint buckle can open unexpectedly O-Grill portable…

Three Internet Scams to Avoid in 2012

Last year, several new and refurbished cyber scams attacked consumers’ computers in an attempt to capture personal information and spread damaging viruses. Resolve to be a savvier Internet user in 2012 by recognizing the common ways scammers attempt to steal information from consumers. The following three scams topped the 2011 scam list: 1. Job application…

Is your olive oil the real deal?

According to the California Olive Oil Council in an article from businessinsider.com, Consumers spend an incredible $720 million per year on olive oil. But, not all olive oil is created equally. According to the article, because true olive oil is so pricey to produce, some companies have taken to doctoring bottles with chemicals and disguising…