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Windows 10 automatically grants home wi-fi access to your Outlook, Skype contacts

You have to change your network name if you want to opt out of this

Windows 10 includes a feature called Wi-Fi Sense which, unless you deliberately opt out of the default setting, automatically shares your Wi-Fi network password with all of your contacts in Outlook, Hotmail, and Skype.

Making exercise a part of your daily routine may be easier than you think

Utilizing cues you experience throughout the day can help form healthy habits

Building the motivation to exercise can be very challenging for many people. The key is to make exercise a part of your daily routine so that you can do it automatically and without as much effort.

Study: Older drivers involved in 14 million accidents in last 12 months

On the road, old drivers and young drivers don't mix

If you want to start an argument at Thanksgiving dinner, suggest that older drivers might not be the safest out there. Seniors usually take offense at such a suggestion – perhaps rightly so.

Fashionable high heels may carry a health price

Study finds prolonged use can cause ankle injury

Women who wear high heeled shoes for long periods of time may be compromising their health. That's more or less been a consensus view for years, but a new study from the University of North Carolina Charlotte adds more evidence.

Having a baby? It pays to shop around for a hospital

Costs for an uncomplicated delivery vary widely

If you're expecting a new arrival in your family, you'll no doubt be shopping around for the best price on a crib, car seat and other necessities. A new study suggests you may also want to shop around for the most affordable hospital.

For social workers, religion is the elephant in the room

Religion and spirituality can be helpful but are seldom discussed

There may have been a time when people talked openly about religion but never mentioned sex or politics in polite company. But today, religion is the subject least likely to come up in clinical discussions with social workers.

Going away? Stage your home

The lived-in look protects against burglaries, intrusions

Although you can’t prevent all thefts from occurring, there are some things you can do to make your home safer.

Popular antacids linked to higher heart risks

Researchers concerned about one type of drug called proton pump inhibitor

Millions of consumers take antacids to relieve symptoms of acid reflux and other digestive discomforts. Now there's a warning about one particular type of antacid that could be in your medicine chest.

Study: Half of U.S. kids don't drink enough water

Could have serious health consequences years later

Much of the health advice doled out to children revolves around what they should not be drinking – namely sugary beverages.

Botox maker entering the double-chin market

Allergen is expanding its 'facial aesthetics' portfolio

Double chins may not be big business yet but Allergen PLC -- which makes Botox -- is betting they soon will be. Our chins aren't getting any younger, after all.

Online retailers often fail to post warranty information, survey finds

In check of 20 etailers, there was no warranty info for 4 out of 5 items checked

Cautious consumers want to know about warranty coverage before they buy an expensive product. But a survey by finds that information's not easy to come by if you're shopping online.

Are Samsung washing machines prone to cause flooding?

A recent class-action filing plus numerous consumer complaints suggest maybe they are

This week, in Newark, New Jersey, consumers filed an attempted class-action claim against Samsung, claiming that the company's washing machines (specifically top-load washers, in this most recent filing) are defective.

Your dog can make waves but don't let him drink them

Dogs can pick up dangerous diseases by drinking lake or salt water

You have to be so careful because lakes and waterways contain organisms and chemicals that can be harmful to your dog, some of which can put you at risk for zoonotic disease as well.

Consumer agency will police nonbank car loans

Car dealers gear up to fight to regulation in Congress

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is asserting its authority to police what are called "nonbank" auto finance companies -- the lenders who write many of the subprime loans for low-income car buyers.

Are you in danger of losing your job to a robot?

Robots will become viable alternative to human work force, report warns

Should people with jobs be concerned about the rise of robots? After all, you don't have to pay these guys overtime. In fact, you don't have to pay them at all.