So-called ‘smart’ energy meters designed to help households save money are making it harder for people to switch to cheaper deals. The meters are not always compatible between energy suppliers. It means that if you switch gas or electricity provider you may also need a new smart meter. Last month, The Mail on Sunday revealed that the £11 billion project to get 26 million homes to install high-tech meters is costing households an average £420 in higher energy bills.
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in Britain, with young people increasingly targeted by cyber-fraudsters. In the first six months of this year there were a record 89,000 identity thefts committed by financial fraudsters – with four out of five conducted online. Once the thieves get their hands on personal details they can go on a spending spree, taking out loans and buying items in the victim’s name and plundering their bank account.
With the summer holiday season only just over, it may seem premature to be thinking of Christmas. But if you are planning to take a train over the festive season to visit family or friends, you should consider booking right now. By sorting out train travel this month you can make huge cost savings. Here, The Mail on Sunday shows how to get the best price for a train journey – meaning you have more money left over for spending on all those Christmas gifts.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".