Junk marketing calls drive people crazy. The government gets more than 150,000 complaints a month and has given phone companies the go-ahead to provide call-blocking technologies. In the meantime, you can buy call-filtering devices. Consumer Reports had more than 100 volunteers try several out in their homes to see how well they work.
Manufacturers have tried to make safer packaging of liquid laundry pods, but parents’ frantic calls to poison control still run over 10,000 a year. Until those numbers go way down, Consumer Reports is not recommending any liquid laundry pods.
It seems like every time you turn around, you have to give out your Social Security number. In the wrong hands, your identity can be stolen. But you don’t always have to give out this key number just because you’re asked for it.