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  • ransomware

    Tips to avoid becoming a victim of ransomware

    Data Security Technology 

    Ransomware is becoming one of the most profitable areas of cyber crime. In the past, cyber criminals would steal data, and then re-sell it. With ransomware, they block access to an individual or organization’s data by encrypting it, then selling the data’s owner a decryption key to regain access. And with the rise of hard-to-trace currency, such as bitcoin, there is less chance of getting caught. Organizations will pay for fear that they’ll lose their […]

  • Student loan

    4 Programs That Can Help You Get Out of Student Loan Debt

    Personal Finance student loans 

    In 2015, 71% of college graduates left school with an average of $35,051 in debt, nearly quadruple the average debt among college graduates in 1993. That’s a lot of debt to be strapped with as graduates make their way into the working world. Fortunately, there are options that can help some borrowers pay off that debt earlier, have some of it forgiven or make the payments easier to handle. If you’re struggling with student loan debt, […]

  • cyber-security

    5 Cyber-Security Myths We Need to Ditch

    Data Security Technology 

    Pick a subject, any subject, and there are myths and pure nonsense that someone will buy into. Birds will die if they eat the uncooked rice flung at newlyweds. (Nope) If you eat Mentos and drink Diet Coke simultaneously your stomach will explode. (Hardly) You only have one credit score. (Wrong) Napoleon was short. (At 5’ 6”, his height was average in his day). “President Obama was the founder of ISIS.” (Oh, come on Donald!) […]

  • car insurance

    7 Things You Never Knew Impacted Your Car Insurance

    Personal Finance 

    When searching for an auto insurance policy, there are things we expect will impact our rates: demographic details like age, home address, even credit score. But in the world of car insurance, there are still surprises, believe it or not. Below, you’ll find the top seven most surprising things that can impact your car insurance rates, taken straight from a comprehensive research report on the state of the auto insurance industry compiled by The Zebra. 1. […]

  • 5 Things That Aren't Worth As Much Money As You Think

    5 Things That Aren’t Worth As Much Money As You Think

    Personal Finance 

    How much money is your stuff worth? Chances are, you think your possessions are more valuable than they actually are. Economists even have a name for the phenomenon: the endowment effect. Whether it’s a car, a stock or a stack of old books, people tend to assign a greater value to items they already own than they would if they didn’t already have a vested interest in their worth. You can see the endowment effect […]

  • lyrics

    How Your Favorite Song Lyrics Can Protect Your Identity

    Identity Theft 

    What if someone told you that you could use some of the words from your all-time favorite song as your password? Not only that, but that it could actually be as effective as some difficult-to-remember imbroglio like Ge0rg34m@gr!|| — you know, something like what your IT department sends you as a start-up password. Would you doalittledancemakealittlelovegetdowntonight? If your answer is yes, yes, you would do a little dance … and get down tonight, good news! […]

  • Stressed

    Stressed About Saving for Retirement? You’re Not Alone

    Personal Finance Retirement 

    A recent survey found 56% of Americans are losing sleep over saving for retirement. Another shows having enough money to retire comfortably is the most common financial stressor among 401K participants, regardless of age. In short: Americans are freaking out about retirement. That makes a lot of sense, considering that report after report has shown that we’re a nation of people who are terrible at saving money. And, as those retirement surveys suggest, we’re painfully […]

  • The talk

    Gone Phishing? How to Talk to Your Kids About Malware

    Data Security Technology 

    Picture this: The car is full. You’re navigating by the side mirrors while doing a mental inventory of everything you packed and wondering if you are going to make it to the realtor’s office in time to pick up the keys for your vacation rental. You have absolutely no idea what the kids are doing in the back seat. Now forget the massive distraction of that summer road trip and consider the bigger picture. It […]

  • mortgage

    3 Things You Absolutely Need for a Mortgage

    Personal Finance 

    If you’ve never bought a home before or it has been many years since your last mortgage transaction, you may want to freshen up on the basics before you head to the bank. To get you started, we’re going to go over three of the main things lenders look for when reviewing your mortgage application. 1. Cash This one is a biggie. You’ll likely need to have cash to buy a house, plain and simple. While this […]

  • Spending on a wedding

    5 Tips to Avoid Going in the Red for Your Wedding

    Money Personal Finance 

    Planning a wedding can be time-consuming and put a strain on your wallet, so it’s important to stick to a budget. The average U.S. wedding costs over $26,000, but if you play your cards right, you can stay on track — and out of debt. Here are six tips to help you stick to your budget when wedding planning. 1. Create a Wedding Budget Once Mr. (or Ms.) Right, pops the question, you’ll want to […]

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