* The Bigot of Bergen County: How a nice NYC suburb got stuck with a Tea Party Congressman

Anti-Garrett billboard in Fort Lee, NJ.

When New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett refused to pay dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee because, he said, it recruited and supported gay candidates, he made national headlines. Garrett has also co-sponsored a House bill—titled the First Amendment Defense Act—that lets companies deny service to same-sex weddings due to religious objections. This May, the seven-term […]


* Dear France: Do you—or DON’T you—support freedom of the press?

je ne suis pas

Chers amis, Did you mean it when you turned out on the streets of Paris last year to support Charlie Hebdo? If you did, then you should also be publicly objecting to the threatened criminal prosecution of another French journalist, photographer Maya Vidon-White, for doing her job while covering terrorism in France. Vidon-White—who has over the years risked her life to […]


* Consumer Reports subscriber tells CR’s president the hard truth


Of the thousands who responded to our recent report on the flood of experts fleeing the horrific leadership at Consumer Reports, one longtime CR subscriber kindly gave us permission to share with the public the following e-mail they sent to CR’s President, Marta Tellado. (According to this email’s author, the “website” they refer to below is […]


* 22 more experts have fled horrific leadership at Consumer Reports


Last July, I broke the news that Consumer Reports had gutted its editorial staff by inducing 16 of its most experienced editors to leave. (Disclosure: I’m one of those 16.) Now I’m reporting for the first time that 22 experts have also left, bringing Consumer Reports’ total loss to 38. That’s a staggering 500 person-years’ […]


* Consumer be damned: These ads ram themselves down your throat!


Are you thrilled that you can skip over TV ads with your DVR and squelch online ads with an ad-blocker? Don’t get too cocky! As you read this, advertisers are striking back all over the place with in-your-face ads that you literally can’t avoid because—as they boast on Madison Avenue—you’re captive. That’s right: Outside your […]


* Do you suffer from MAP? Ask your doctor about MORTIFY™


Do you get an occasional headache? Does your back or shoulder act up now and then? Like millions of Americans, you have probably suffered for years from a previously unnamed condition known as MAP (minor aches and pains). Yes, finally, there’s not only a disease name for this dread condition, but a treatment for it: […]


* Is Consumer Reports getting rid of its older workers?

old box3

As I documented in a recent report, Exposed: Behind the Brain Drain at Consumer Reports, 16 experienced editors were induced to leave Consumer Reports during the past three years. All, it turns out, were aged 50 or older. Since I wrote that report in July, several more key staffers in that age range, both editors and non-editors, […]


* The Post Office’s credit card readers still can’t read new, high-security cards

reader 268 by 370

US Post Offices are supposed to help lead the way to widespread adoption of the new, more secure chip-enabled credit and debit cards most us of use. • Good news: Most post office have installed the new card readers chip-enabled cards require. • Bad news: Those new readers can’t yet read the high-security chips because they lack the […]


* Websites can now identify you by the way you type: Is that good or bad?


Every new technology can be used for good or ill. Such is the case with the newly developing field of behavioral biometrics, a technology that’s not the same as the “biometrics” many of us know well. The chart below (provided by security expert Per Thorsheim) differentiates the two categories.   As you can see, behavioral biometrics uniquely identifies you by your actions […]


* Don’t let your smartphone’s fingerprint reader give you a false sense of security


Don’t get me wrong. A fingerprint reader on a phone or tablet is a godsend to anyone who hates having to type a code or swipe a lock pattern every time they use their device. True, experts have hacked the iPhone 6’s Touch ID and the Samsung Galaxy S5’s reader. But the chances are slim that […]


* How to avoid the surprising risks of password security questions

thumbs up 2

Your favorite pet’s name can be hazardous to your online security. That’s the message security expert Jim Fenton delivered in a talk today at PasswordsCon. What makes a question like What is your favorite sports team a security risk? Isn’t answering it supposed to enhance your security? Actually, says Fenton, such questions aren’t intended primarily to enhance […]