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Consumer Reports Magazine | November

Published: November 2016
November 2016

Cover Story

66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now Do one, some, or all. Each one will make a difference.
The Consumer Reports 10-Minute Digital Privacy Tuneup Each of these steps will take just a minute or two, and they'll boost your data security and privacy.
Essay: Protecting Your Digital Privacy Is Not as Hard as You Might Think Here's how I launched a project to protect my data from both hackers and intrusive marketers.
Where Consumer Reports Stands on Privacy Issues Individuals should be able to exercise choice and control over the use of their data.


Dining Out: Where America Eats Our biggest-ever subscriber survey about restaurant chains dishes up which ones hit the spot—and highlights some tasty new trends.
Top Restaurant Complaints and Worst Offenders Our survey respondents sound off on what ruins a nice meal out—and names names.
How to Eat Healthier at Restaurant Chains We analyzed the menus of the five most frequented chains in our survey to learn ways you may get fooled into making unhealthy choices. Here's what to order instead.

Cashing Out: New Technologies Are Making the Convenience of Living Cash-Free a Reality You need to understand the trade-offs of abandoning paper money entirely.
A Field Guide to Mobile Money What you need to know about living a cash-free life.

What's Cooking in Kitchen Stoves Our experts' tips on what to consider when choosing a range.


4 Mistakes to Avoid During Open Enrollment Picking a health insurance plan is complex. We show you how to avoid costly mistakes and still get the coverage you need.
How FSAs and HSAs Ease the Pain of Healthcare Costs Two types of accounts—flexible spending and health savings—allow you to pay with pretax dollars.

Product Updates

The Path to the Perfect Cup of Coffee Knowing how to choose the right beans and the proper way to prepare them can make all the difference between a steamy, dreamy cup of coffee and one that’s weak, watery, or bitter.

Best Nut Butters to Eat Right Now We put a dozen almond and cashew butters to the test to find out whether they're healthier than plain peanut butter.
6 Creative Ways to Use Nut Butters They're not just for sandwiches anymore.
What to Look for in a Flavored Nut Butter Consumer Reports puts 12 chocolate and honey nut butters to the test.

Road Report

Best Family Cars We factored in safety, performance, and convenience to recommend smart choices for a variety of different family types.
Best Cars for Families With Young Children 
Best Cars for Families With School-Age Kids 
Best Cars for Families With Teenagers 
Best Cars for Families With Grandparents 
Best Cars for Families With a Bit of Everything 
How to Keep Your Pets Safe and Secure in the Car 

2017 Audi A4 Review Shaking up the sports sedan class, Audi tips the scales in its favor.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review The originator of the minivan long had uninspired products. Now it’s back with a vengeance.
2016 Mazda CX-9 Review The new Mazda CX-9 provides a stylish alternative to me-too family SUVs.
2016 Nissan Titan XD Review Nissan aims for a smooth-riding heavy-duty truck but misses the mark.


From Our President: The Evolution of Consumer Reports Our bold new design brings a fresh look while emphasizing our enduring mission: to build a fairer, safer, healthier marketplace for all.
We Put Ourselves to the Test Thanks to your input, we’re proud to present a refreshed Consumer Reports.

Building a Better World, Together Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace.

Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers.

The November 2016 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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