Consumer Reports October 2019: Digital Privacy

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Eye on Black BackgroundEvery day we use a variety of ordinary objects that have the capability to spy on us – smartphones, smarts speakers, cameras. How safe is our data? The October issue’s cover article, “Your Guide to Digital Privacy,” discusses several ways that we can protect personal data.  Sections include:

  • The Case for a Paper Password Notebook
  • How to Search and Destroy Your Old Accounts
  • Smart Speakers That Listen When They Shouldn’t
  • Is Public WiFi Still Dangerous?
  • The Oversharing Camera
  • Wipe Data From Your Car Before Selling It

Are you also concerned about the safety of your home? According to the FBI’s 2017 statistics, a home was broken into every 23 seconds. “Best Home Security Systems” discusses and rates do-it-yourself security systems–ones that can be installed by almost anyone. They are often less expensive than traditional security systems and the homeowner does the monitoring. However, since they rely on wireless signals, they can be hacked.

As consumers are choosing to eat healthier, more companies are developing plant-based patties for veggie burgers. Are they really healthier? “Meat Gets a Makeover” discusses two all-plant, gluten-free alternatives, Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. The article also looks at lab-grown meat and its health concerns; it is currently being tested by several companies but is not yet available for sale.

Other topics in this issue:

  • Correct way to sit while driving a vehicle
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Snack bars for kids
  • Special Report: Danger at the Deli (Part 2)
  • “Will You Have Enough Money to Retire?
  • “What’s So Great About Used Cars?” (includes ratings)
  • Ratings for compact SUVs, trucks, and electric vehicles

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Public Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2015.

To access Consumer Reports online free from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.

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