Does it feel a little shady when an online quiz asks for your personal information? In this "Consumer 101" video, CR's privacy and tech editor, Thomas Germain, will explain how to spot and avoid online scams.


Full episodes of the "Consumer 101" digital show are available online at and (subscription required).

'Consumer 101' Spotlight

How to Protect Your Privacy

Today’s innovative, connected products bring promises of greater ease and convenience for our daily lives. But there’s a dark side: With so many products and services collecting and potentially sharing data, your personal privacy is at a greater risk than ever before. 


Watch these “Consumer 101” videos for simple steps on how you can take back control, thwart hackers, and protect your privacy.

More About Jack Rico

Jack Rico's curious nature fits right in at CR as the host of "Consumer 101," a digital show streaming on Born and raised in Queens, N.Y., he’s a frequent contributor to NBC’s "Today" and He also made history as a journalist when he co-anchored Univision’s first Spanish-language morning newscast in New York City.