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    Trump’s Business Credit Score Is 19 Out of a Possible 100

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    Debate season has brought about quite a bit of talk about how Donald Trump runs his businesses and how the Clinton Foundation gets its donor dollars. Nav, a business score education organization, decided to run business credit scores for both The Trump Organization and the Clinton Foundation (you can view the full Nav report details here). The results might surprise you. What’s a Business Credit Score? Similar to your personal credit scores, business credit scores and […]

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    Scam Alert: Those Campaign Calls May Be a Trick

    Identity Theft Politics 

    As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ramp up their campaigning efforts in the last weeks of this year’s presidential election, robocalls have increased significantly. And not just the legitimate ones. Scammers also have upped their efforts in hopes of gaming the politically fervent and gullible. A recent review of political robocalls tied to the 2016 presidential election found that legitimate calls from the Trump and Clinton campaigns have increased by 64% since the beginning of […]

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    TalkTalk takeaway: Cybersecurity is a boardroom issue

    Data Security Technology 

    Enterprises, SMBs must gird for new rules and protect sensitive data – or pay hefty price British telecom giant TalkTalk actually may have gotten off lightly when privacy regulators hit the British telecom giant with a £400,000 ($496,910) fine last week for failing to prevent a major data breach. The fine, issued by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office is, indeed, for a record amount. And it will clearly hurt TalkTalk, both financially and in reputation. […]

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    What the Recent Yahoo Hack Really Means for You

    Privacy Technology 

    There has been a lot of talk about Yahoo being “the anti-Apple” when it comes to consumer privacy following last week’s news about a government order granting access to Yahoo Mail. Regardless of what happened there — and it is far from clear — recent reports underscore the need for more consumer awareness about best privacy practices. What’s Going Around It’s definitely been a bad news month for Yahoo starting with the revelation, on September […]

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    Yes, You Still Need To Be on the Lookout for Tax Scams

    Column Identity Theft 

    You may have easily missed a major piece of news that broke last week amid the media-feeding frenzy generated by the release of Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tapes and Hillary Clinton’s Wikileaked Wall Street speeches. Authorities in India busted nine — yes, nine — bogus IRS call centers, arresting 70 people on suspicion of tricking (and often scaring) Americans into sending money to settle “pressing” but nonexistent tax bills. The victory certainly wasn’t as historic […]

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    3 Things That Make You More Likely to Be a Fraud Victim

    Identity Theft 

    Using social networks and sharing personal information online can dramatically increase your risk for fraud, a new study has found. It makes sense that consumers who disclose the most about themselves online are at greater risk of becoming fraud victims. But the study claims their increased risk is probably more dramatic than you’d think, and it identifies three online habits that directly lead to higher odds consumers will suffer fraud. ID Analytics, a fraud-fighting firm, […]

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    Your Credit Card Can Keep You From Getting Ripped Off. Here’s How.

    Personal Finance 

    When most people think of the value that credit cards offer, they first think of its power as a method of payment, and the ability to earn rewards. But some of the most valuable features of your credit card are its purchase protection policies. These policies can protect you, for instance, when your shiny new phone gets stolen, that camera you bought online arrives broken or your computer breaks just outside its warranty. Unfortunately, most […]

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    Does Donald Trump Have A HUGE Credit Score?

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    In the media world, something unprecedented happened last week. Arguably, the most neutral media property in the land, USA Today, ran an editorial entitled, “Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency,’ ” with an explainer (in case the message wasn’t sufficiently clear): “The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. We’re doing it now.” This, oddly enough, got me thinking about Mr. Trump’s credit … not his business credit. His personal credit, i.e., […]

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    Cyber warfare will be battleground for next U.S. president

    Politics Technology 

    When presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated America’s cyber war capabilities last week, the global cybersecurity community strained hard to read between the lines. The Democratic candidate, in particular, alluded to a notion rarely discussed in public forums: that Uncle Sam does, indeed, possess a very big cyber stick and is prepared, at any moment, to wield it as necessary. “We are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to […]

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    Americans Have Had Chip Cards for a Year. Here’s How It’s Going So Far

    Consumer Protection credit 

    A new rule imposed by the credit card associations took effect Oct. 1, 2015, mandating that merchants accept chip cards or face increased liability for fraud. The date passed last year with a lot of fanfare and considerable frustration; many smaller merchants complained they weren’t ready. Chip cards had been available for more than a decade, but the U.S. had long been a laggard — until a string of high-profile card database thefts, beginning with […]