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Why You Should Avoid Online Reviews

Once upon a time, people relied on magazines like Consumer Reports before making big purchase decision. Now, people increasingly rely on online reviews. But most experts give those kind of ratings low ratings!

There are several reasons for this. One is that if people have a bad shopping or shipping experience, they tend to blame the product and not the retailer. Second, many consumers are swayed by brand name recognition and are hardly putting these products through scientific testing - the way the consumer magazines do.Thirdly, some products actually have paid people and/or employees to post favorable reviews online (what? I can't believe everything I read on the internet?).

Those who know say smart shoppers still rely on consumer testing experts and NOT online reviews.

Beware: The “Pop-Up Window of Death”

You know the situation. You’re calmly surfing the web on your PC or laptop when all of a sudden a big pop-up window appears and a loud voice comes over your speakers warning you that your computer is dangerously infected with a virus or malware. There is just one problem…

Real anti-virus/anti-malware programs do not operate like this. They do not take over your computer with loud voices or screens you cannot close.

Your computer IS in danger – but from the source of the pop-up.

If you get one of these pop-up warnings, here are some steps to remember:

1.) Do NOT click anywhere on the pop-up window

2.) Do NOT take any action the pop-up window is urging you to take (like call a toll-free number)

3.) If possible, immediately closer your web browser.

4.) If that’s not possible, reboot your computer immediately

5.) If all that fails, get your computer to an authorized repair center as soon as possible.

When's the Best Time to Take Social Security?

Money experts agree, the longer you can wait before starting to takew Social Security beneits the better off you'll be.

If you can afford, wait until the maximum age of 70 (when you must start receiving your benefits). Your payout will be 76% higher than if you had started drawing them at the minimum age of 62.

Is There Gold in Your Attic?

Everybody thinks they got some treasure stashed somewhere - in the attic, down in the baseball or in the closet where old photos and more are lurking. But the truth is all that's old is not necessarily gold. Don't let Antiques Roadshow put dollar signs in your eyes.

Here's what's hot and what's not in the world of collectibles:

Read more: Is There Gold in Your Attic?

Escaping the Tax Man

Baby Boomers are rightfully concerned about not outliving their financial resources. One of the most vexing is taxes. Here are the states where your tax bite may be less painful:

Alaska & New Hampshire: These states collect no tax on sales, income or Social Security.

Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming: No taxes on income, Social Security or pensions.

38 States and Washington, D.C.: Do not tax income from Social Security

Many states have other taxes, such as on interest and dividends, sales taxes and high property taxes, so consult your financial advisor before making any final decisions.

Besides Diana Ross, what other two girls made up the original Supremes?

Flo Ballard and Mary Wilson
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