CR Digital Archive

October 2019

Cover Story

Smart Speakers That Listen When They Shouldn’t
Researchers at Northeastern University say the Amazon Echo may respond to dialogue other than its wake word
Privacy Tools That Help You Protect Your Personal Data
Services like DuckDuckGo, ProtonMail, and Signal allow you to have a digital life without sharing too much info
Wipe Data From Your Car Before Selling It
How to avoid sharing your playlist, garage door code, and driving history with the next owner
The Right to Remain Private: Where U.S. Law Lets You Down
With no law like Europe's GDPR to protect personal data, Americans have to rely on a patchwork of regulations
Privacy Tips That Do Less Than You Think
These tricks can help you, but before you use them, it's critical to understand their limitations
30-Second Privacy Fixes: 5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Data
How to quickly limit location tracking, facial recognition, smart speaker recordings, and other data collection

Special Report

Danger at the Deli
Regularly eating even small amounts of cold cuts, including 'uncured' products, increases cancer and heart disease risk
Meat Gets a Makeover
Are the new plant-based patties and eventual lab-grown meats safe, healthy, or tasty? And will they save the environment?

What Deli Meat Labels Really Mean
CR decodes six confusing terms


Are Snack Bars for Kids a Healthy Choice?
Many companies now offer 'healthy' snack bars for kids. But are they actually good for them?
Which Peanut Butter Cup Is the Healthiest?
Consumer Reports looked at three updated versions of the classic confection to determine which is best for you

Road Report

What’s So Great About Used Cars?
Shopping smart can get you a safer, more fuel-efficient vehicle than the one you may be driving now. We steer you to top choices.

The Right Way to Sit Behind the Wheel of a Car
Expert tips on adjustments for comfort and safety

CR Money

Will You Have Enough Money to Retire?
The Great Recession has affected family decisions at every life stage. Get back on your financial feet even if you’re getting a late start.

Baby Boomers Are Giving Financial Help to Their Grown Children
What’s healthy, what’s not


From Our President: Keeping Your Data Safe
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Building a Better World, Together
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Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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