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03/08/15 CONSUMER AFFAIRS ALERT

EYE ON THE HILL

EYE ON THE HILL

CONSUMER ALERT

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NSA “backdoor” mandates lead to a computer-security FREAK show
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On Thursday, Microsoft issued a security advisory admitting that it is “aware of a security feature bypass vulnerability” which “affects all supported releases of Microsoft Windows,” in addition to any non-Microsoft software running on a part of Windows called Secure Channel.

Specifically, Windows is vulnerable to a security flaw known as FREAK (a not-quite-acronym which stands for “Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys”). FREAK makes it…

Doctors cautioned about prescribing testosterone products
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now require the makers of approved testosterone, or “low-T” products, to alter labeling to make clear to doctors how these products should be used.

Concern about the possible increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients using the drugs is apparently driving the agency’s action.

In its safety communication, issued this week, the FDA makes clear that prescription testosterone products are only approved f…

img Winn-Dixie’s open but the service desk is closed?

Sometimes it’s the little things that drive consumers mad. Endless recording loops that assure you you’re about to enjoy the best service ever …

img Study: Coffee may reduce risks of multiple sclerosis

For decades the health effects of America’s favorite morning beverage have been the subject of debate.

In the early 1970s research suggested drinking coffee …

img Psychologists say discredited autism therapies still being practiced

With the explosive growth in autism, parents of children diagnosed with the disorder have looked for answers and ways to help their children communicate. In …

 

ADDTIONAL ALERTS

SENIORS

Regardless of age, consumers’ financial planning found lacking

Boomers, Gen X and Millennials all seem to be behind the curve

Where do you plan to get old?

Author says “aging in place” isn’t right for everyone

There are big negatives when older people stop driving

This major life change should be approached carefully

COMPUTERS & ELECTRONICS

Identity thieves come to Apple Pay

Apple’s mobile wallet remains secure, but the cards attached to those accounts might not be

INSURANCE

Google wades into the car insurance market

Insurance agents may soon be as rare as travel agents

PRIVACY

White House releases proposed “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” to little acclaim

Privacy advocates don’t like it, and tech companies don’t either

HOME & GARDEN

Lumber Liquidators denies formaldehyde allegations

“60 Minutes” report said some products had high levels of the naturally-occurring chemical

Mortgage applications inch higher

Contract interest rates were on the decline

Kohler toilet seat is structurally unsound, 91-year-old consumer reports

The seat has unexpectedly detached twice in less than a month

Consumers cool to their Jenn-Air refrigerators

They’re sleek and expensive but many consumers find them troublesome

CREDIT CARDS

Credit card breach at Mandarin Oriental hotels

Breach probably dates back to pre-Christmas 2014

Costco picks Citi Visa to replace American Express

Costco customers will be offered a new co-branded card to replace their Amex

HEALTH

Semi-vegetarian diet reduces risk of heart attack and stroke

Just shifting the balance of foods in your diet can make a big difference

Are there too many antibiotics or too few?

In the past there were too many, now maybe not enough

“Last Dance” ad delivers anti-smoking message

Smoking rates are beginning to climb after decades of decline

Treadmill performance might reveal when you will die

The less you can tolerate vigorous exercise, the shorter your life?

K-Cup inventor regrets his creation

“Kind of expensive” and bad for the environment, too

Study reinforces heart-health benefits of nuts

Large study finds benefits for all races and socio-economic groups, not just wealthy whites

Hospitals can be more dangerous than you think

While patients face increasingly dangerous germs, doctors are at risk of getting shot

SHOPPING

Consumers prepare to say “good-bye” to winter with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Average spending this year will be a little higher than in 2014

Snuggie, Magic Mesh, other “As Seen on TV” products pay $8 million to settle charges

Another reason to carefully check your credit card statements each month

Overstock overwhelms consumers, some in a good way, some not so good

Pricing, delivery problems are annoyances for some

Eight emerging trends in nutrition bars

They’re not just for athletes and mountain climbers anymore

Hackers possibly hit Natural Grocers

Evidence indicates card-stealing malware planted just before last Christmas

WEIGHT LOSS

Weight-loss product hustlers banned from telemarketing

Refunds for wrong or defective products were refused

PERSONAL FINANCE

JPMorgan Chase agrees to $50 million settlement with 25,000 bankrupt homeowners

Chase admits it filed court documents that were improperly signed

Slowing down the treadmill: personal finance and the Red Queen’s race

You have to move to stay in place, and move faster to get ahead

Year-over-year and month-over-month, home prices are up again

The West leads the nation in price appreciation

AUTOMOTIVE

Buick SUV and its Chevy twin earn IIHS safety award

Improvements in small overlap front protection raised the vehicles’ rating

The Mercedes-Benz E350 — it could be your father’s Oldsmobile

A week in the ungainly beast leaves us longing for our Volt

CELL PHONES & SMART PHONES

Tinder Plus costs $10 monthly unless you’re 30 or older; then it’s $20

This is in addition to your standard smartphone costs and data plans, of course

Just one catch in Google’s wireless plans

At least for now, the network only works on Google’s Nexus 6 phones

SCAMS

Three charged in theft of more than 1 billion email addresses in huge data breach

Prosecutor: Scope of the intrusion is “unnerving”

Mortgage rescue scammer gets 24-year prison sentence

California man took their money but troubled homeowners got nothing in return

FTC to telemarketers: you can’t hide sales pitches behind political-survey robocalls

Political robocalls are legal but sales-pitch robocalls are not

Report finds telemarketers pocket most of the funds they solicit for charities

For-profit fundraisers kept 52 cents of every dollar they raised

PETS

Cats tossed in pet therapy guidelines

Dogs may be OK but cats are deemed too risky for hospital visits

Coming to grips with your cat’s diabetes

As in humans, it’s a serious disease that can’t be ignored

My dog ate … the camera

Tiny capsule lets veterinarians get an inside view of your dog

Love ’em & forget ’em — that’s your dog

Your dog likes you but don’t expect him to remember what you said yesterday

FAMILY & PARENTING

A simple test can find lead poisoning in children but many parents refuse

Thousands of children don’t get the test because of parental ignorance

TRAVEL

House passes Amtrak funding, Senate sidelines it for now

In Congress as in life, freight takes precedence over passenger travel

ENTERTAINMENT

Circus elephants will soon be but a memory

Ringling Brothers recognizes changing public tastes, issues retirement papers to its elephants

EMPLOYMENT

Hiring up, jobless rate down in February

Nearly 300,000 jobs were created last month

U.S. employers cut 50k jobs in February

Oil prices are getting much of the blame

Another month of solid job growth

February’s performance nearly matches January’s

Another drop in consumer spending

The decline came despite an increase in personal incomes

RECALLS

Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos recalled

The vehicle could stall without warning

Nissan recalls Altimas with hood latch issue

The secondary hood latch may remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed

Premier Distribution Center recalls beef and pork products

Discrepancies in the inspection labeling process have turned up

Toyota recalls Yaris vehicles in Puerto Rico

An incorrect headliner was used in the vehicles

Bavarian Meats recalls loaf products

The product contains soy, an allergen not listed on the label

Royal Appliance recalls Dirt Devil Hand Vac Turbo tool accessory

The interior fan of the Turbo Tool accessory can break and eject from the tool housing

Harley-Davidson recalls accessory LED Bullet Turn Signal Kits

The turn signals may not flash brightly enough

KTM North America recalls children’s pajamas

The garments fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear

Melville Direct recalls aquarium motion lamps

The lamp can overheat and spark when plugged in

healthy mama Boost It Up! Drink recalled

The product contains milk, an allergen not listed on the label

Jaguar Land Rover recalls vehicles with wheel issue

Wheel lug nuts that may crack and detach from the wheel hub stud

Dream on Me recalls 2-in-1 Bassinet to Cradle

Infants ccould fall out or become trapped and suffocate

Flow Sports recalls snowboard bindings

A pin can disengage and cause the binding to open

Campos Foods recalls beef products

The products contain wheat, an allergen not listed on the label

Mrs. T’s mozzarella, tomato & basil pierogies recalled

The product is contaminated with plastic

Jaguar recalls XF vehicles

The fuel pump may stop pumping fuel

Oscar’s Hickory House recalls beef jerky product

The product is susceptible to environmental pathogens

Hyundai recalls Elantras

Power steering assist could be lost

Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato recalled

The product may contain peanuts, an allergen not listed on the label

General Motors recalls Chevrolet Impalas with braking issue

The brake pads may stay partially engaged

 

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