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  • Swiped Square

    Swiped Excerpt: Culture Eats StrategySwiped, Identity Theft

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    This is an excerpt from SWIPED by Adam K Levin, now out in paperback. A strong corporate culture is a work in progress, constantly evolving. It stays ahead of the curve because it never stops applying the processes that make it successful—the consequence of clear leadership and a culture where employees feel invested in their work is that they take ownership of the tasks assigned to them. Something like the Sony hack—where the enemy is […]

  • Online political petition

    Are Those Online Political Petitions Safe?Politics, Identity Theft

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    Unless you live on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson, you’ve probably seen more than a few political petitions in the wake of the 2016 election. The issues are as various as the people circulating them, which is why I began to wonder: Are they safe? The answer: Yes and no. It doesn’t matter the cause, or whether or not you agree with it, your level of exposure is the same. If you […]

  • Beware the Mouse Buster & Other Cyber Monday TrapsCybersecurity

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    This Black Friday, millions of shoppers will once again make the final seconds of a close football game look like a store window filled with clumsy puppies. And when they don’t find what they’re looking for, they’ll go online where, in addition to great deals, a cornucopia of scams await. The migration from brick-and-mortar retailers to online shopping is pronounced. Last year set a record, with more than $3 billion in online sales. But that […]

  • Black friday

    4 Things To Watch Out for This Black FridayConsumer Protection

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    Black Friday is right around the corner, and shoppers are already being primed by retailers for the kind of buying gluttony that makes eater’s remorse look like a bloated post-Thanksgiving walk in the park. In the same way that dieters count calories before they start gorging in order to avoid weight gain this time of year, the best way to avoid the accumulation of extra debt is to create a spending plan, a.k.a. a budget, […]

  • Election scam

    Watch out for These Last-Minute Election ScamsPersonal Finance, Identity Theft

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    This year’s election has felt a lot more like hockey fight than an orderly Democratic process, much less the fabled one that makes America great. While there’s no ignoring the missing Chiclets from Uncle Sam’s hitherto perfect smile, talk of election irregularities isn’t exactly new. So, how worried should you be? In addition to the usual election scam warnings— the ones that actually affect people at a consumer level and need to be addressed every […]

  • Cyber defense

    We Need a National Cyber Defense AgencyColumn, Technology

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    If you’re like most Americans, the idea that our country doesn’t have a unified cyber defense agency is about as unthinkable as a presidential contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Welcome to the desert of the real. Our cyber defenses are scattered across three agencies that don’t always communicate well (a generous appraisal) or in a timely fashion, and we’ve never been more vulnerable. As Ronald Reagan (quoting John Adams) famously said during his […]

  • Wells Fargo Fraud

    Wells Fargo: Are You Being Swindled Right Now?Personal Finance

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    Wells Fargo is still reeling in the aftermath of a major scandal, the latest news being that the banking behemoth lost its accreditation from the Better Business Bureau. While perhaps not an extinction level event, think of this as getting panned by Ben Brantley of the New York Times on the opening night of your $50 million Broadway show. So here’s a question right up there with jelly bean jar guesses at the number of […]

  • social media hack

    What the Recent Yahoo Hack Really Means for YouPrivacy, Technology

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    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 […]

  • Tax fraud

    Yes, You Still Need To Be on the Lookout for Tax ScamsColumn, Identity Theft

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    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 […]

  • Donald Trump

    Does Donald Trump Have A HUGE Credit Score?Politics, credit

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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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