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Please don’t buy this: smart doorbells

Though Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, the two shopping holidays were just precursors to the larger Christmas season—a time of year when online packages pile high on doorsteps and front porches around the world. According to some companies, it’s only logical to want to protect these packages from theft, and wouldn’t it just so happen that these same companies have the perfect … [Read more...]

Please don’t buy this: smart toys

Smart toys attempt to offer what a lot of us imagined as kids—a toy that we can not only play with, but one that plays back. Many models offer voice recognition, facial expressions, hundreds of words and phrases, reaction to touch and impact, and even the ability to learn and retain new information. These features provide an obvious thrill for many children, whose imaginary friend just became a … [Read more...]

Please don’t buy this: identity theft protection services

With an ever-increasing tempo of third-party breaches spilling consumer data all across the dark web, a natural impulse for a security-savvy user is to do something proactive to protect their sensitive information. After Equifax, there was an explosion of interest in credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. But most of these services offer limited value for the money, and in many … [Read more...]