The shocking top 10 posts of 2012 — and a surprise or two from me

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The most viewed stories of 2012 on this site? You’d be surprised.

I was.

(Speaking of surprises, I have one or two of my own. I’ll get to them in a minute.)

But first, the list:
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12 things you shouldn’t do in 2012

They say 2012 is the year of the apocalypse, and while preventing the end of the world is beyond the power of this consumer advocate, there is one disaster I can definitely help you avoid: The apocalypse of your bank account.

Shady businesses are coming for your money, and they are developing more sophisticated ways of extracting it from your wallet and purse. I know because I spent most of this year researching a book about consumer scams.

Here are 12 things you should never ever do as a consumer if you want to avoid having a scammer or an unscrupulous company clear out your bank account.
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New Year’s resolutions: 12 things the TSA shouldn’t do in 2012

I‘ve noticed that our friends at the TSA haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, at least not publicly, so as I thought I’d help the federal agency charged with the challenging task of protecting our transportation systems.

You know, as a public service.
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12 travel bloggers you should read in 2012

Note: The 2013 list is out! Here it is.

Which travel bloggers should you read in 2012?

I asked. And you answered.

And how! In a relatively slow, pre-holiday week, a total of 6,085 readers voted from a selection of 24 top travel bloggers you nominated.
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12 travel Twitter personalities you should follow in 2012

Two airline-related microbloggers, @Heather Poole and @Airfarewatchdog, lead the pack of your 12 favorite Twitter accounts for 2012.

After sifting through your nominations and putting it up to a vote, the results are in. We had a total of 5,789 votes, which is pretty decent for a holiday week.
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