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Q&A: Beware Programs Tracking Driver Habits

In this May 23, 2014 file photo, traffic moves on the Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, in Hyattsville, Md., outside Washington. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest drowsy driving report on Thursday, July 3, 2014. According to a new survey, about 1 in 25 adults say they recently fell asleep while driving. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
In this May 23, 2014 file photo, traffic moves on the Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, in Hyattsville, Md., outside Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

(USA Today)

Q: I’m thinking about joining my car insurance company’s program that tracks my driving habits in exchange for lower premiums. Are there any pitfalls I should know about?

A: The way insurance companies track your driving is with a gadget that plugs into your car’s onboard diagnostics port. It wirelessly sends information about speed, braking and other driving stats back to the company. Unfortunately, a security researcher found that the wireless signal isn’t encrypted, meaning anyone could snag your information out of the air. Until insurance companies get serious about security, I would steer clear. Click here to learn more about this danger and how it might even let hackers take control of your car.

Best day to buy airline tickets online

Q: Last year, I heard you say on The Kim Komando Show that Tuesday was the best day to find the cheapest airfare online. Is this still true?

A: It used to be Tuesday. Now, tickets purchased on the weekend are an average of 5% cheaper than similar tickets purchased during the week. A recent study shows you can save an average of $60 by purchasing tickets on Sundays instead of Tuesdays. The study also showed a significant increase of ticket prices on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. So, what should you do? If you see one airline offering a deal on Monday, buy your tickets on Tuesday. If there are no deals going on, buy on the weekend. Of course, that’s only one piece of the cheap airline ticket puzzle. Click here to know what day to fly, how early to buy and the best sites to use to purchase your tickets.

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