Is there any way I can check my credit report on the Web?AnnualCreditReport.com is a centralized service consumers can use to request free annual credit reports. It was created by the three major consumer credit reporting companies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Through this site, you can request and obtain a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three companies.FreeCreditReport.com — yes, the one with the annoying TV commercials — is an Experian company that also provides consumers access to their Experian credit histories. 24/7 credit monitoring services for Experian, Equifax and TransUnion are also available, but be sure to check any applicable costs because some monitoring services can cost upwards of $20 per month. I am highly annoyed that one of my favorite magazines is going all electronic. What will I read in bed or at the pool? Maybe it’s time for me to think about getting a Kindle. But if I do, how do I get WiFi in my home so I can get books on the Kindle? Will WiFi cost me even more money? Thanks, Mr. M.The good news is that Kindle has its own WiFi (WhisperNet) that is used to download books and magazines, so you do not need your own wireless network. Once you download a publication, it resides on your device so you can read it anywhere, any time.If you go to amazon.com, you will find a wealth of information about the various Kindle products, FAQ files, forums, videos — amazon has done an amazing job providing information online for new and prospective users. Also, if you go to YouTube, there are demonstration videos galore for any device you could possibly want.Tablets (Kindle, iPad, Galaxy, etc.) are extremely popular for reading eBooks. Yes, there are a few trade-offs from printed books, but the single most popular feature that I — and so many of my visually challenged peers — appreciate is the ability to make the font larger while reading an eBook. (Note: The free Kindle app for iPad, Android or PC/Mac allows you to read Kindle books on non-Kindle devices.)Most people — even those who are reluctant at first — enjoy their eBook reader once they settle in.
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