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  • 16 Ways You May Be Exposing Yourself to FraudColumn, Blog

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    Stand in front of a mirror. There’s the enemy. Fraud doesn’t happen to you in a vacuum. Our personally identifying information (PII) doesn’t just get magically swiped. We “swipe” our information all the time, and it’s time to stop. The world runs on information, and no amount wishful thinking will fully extricate you from that. But there are some best practices. As I detail in my forthcoming book, Swiped, we all need to take responsibility […]

  • Don’t Wait Until 2016 to Make a Credit ResolutionColumn, Blog

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    I get a lot of puzzled looks when I start wishing people Happy New Year after Labor Day — 2016 is four months away, after all. While the Jewish New Year is in two weeks, I’m not talking about that, either. (But since I mentioned it: Happy New Year to you and yours!) I’m talking about the start of a new school year, which is a great time to make a new resolution to improve […]

  • Did You Make One of These 7 Back-to-School Shopping Mistakes?Column, Blog

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    As kids across the country embark on that saddest of journeys back to school after a summer of fun, wondering where all the time went, many parents may be having a similar reaction to the frenzy of back-to-school shopping and where their money went. While getting a child equipped for school is never a cheap date, for families who have a limited budget (or no budget at all) this time of year can be stressful, […]

  • Privacy Is Dead: What You Still Can Do to Protect YourselfColumn, Blog

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    When it comes to cybersecurity, we are all in a state of emergency, but the real question is – is anybody listening? A recent poll commissioned by Intercede, a digital security company, asked more than 1,000 men and women between the ages of 16-35 (aka millennials) in the U.S. and over 1,000 in the UK if they believed current safeguards are effectively protecting their digital identities and personal identifying information from exposure. The resounding answer […]

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    Life After Ashley Madison: How to Operate in a World Without SecretsData Security, Technology

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    The other cufflink fell on the Ashley Madison hack Tuesday. According to Wired, 9.7 gigabytes of Ashley Madison data were dumped on the dark web, and the collection appears to “include account details and log-ins for some 32 million users.” Where we go from here is anyone’s guess. According to the Wired article, the hackers left a note with the quarry of ill-gotten files of marital listlessness: “Avid Life Media has failed to take down […]

  • The Socially Transmitted Disease That Has No Cure: Identity TheftColumn, Blog

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    Whether you are new to college, single and dating or newly divorced (because you panicked and confessed when news of the Ashley Madison hack hit the media), I’ll bet there is at least one socially transmitted disease you haven’t started worrying about: identity theft. If you use Facebook, you’re making easy work for identity thieves. The same goes for the whole cosmos of social media whether you favor Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, or […]

  • The Most Dangerous Identity Theft ThreatColumn, Blog

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    Last weekend, TheUpshot published the most dangerous identity theft threat: the non-expert’s tendency to underestimate the magnitude of problem. The piece in question argued that the consequences of most identity theft have been exaggerated (by identity theft experts like me), and that, “only a tiny number of people exposed by leaks end up paying any costs.” The main source for TheUpshot’s argument seems to be the 2015 Identity Fraud Report (covering data from 2014) published […]

  • Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid ScamColumn, Blog

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    As July melts into August, many college-age students are once again turning their thoughts (if they haven’t done so already) to that beast of complexity, the FAFSA form – which students must fill out if they want to receive financial aid. While there are many reputable companies that help prepare FAFSA forms, there are a number of parasites out there as well. Filling out the FAFSA is about as much fun as Thanksgiving dinner table […]

  • 10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison HackHumor, Technology

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    The hackers who broke into AshleyMadison.com, a meeting place for people seeking extra-marital affairs, recently made good on their threat, exposing their first hostage-victim, a Massachusetts man. There are 37 million more quivering masses of flesh where he came from, and the people behind the compromise have vowed to release all of their customer information — including sexual fantasies — unless Avid Life Entertainment kills Ashley Madison and Established Men (a site where women can […]

  • 9 Summer Scams and How You Can Avoid ThemColumn, Blog

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    Summer is a time for sun, fun, exploration and relaxation. Unfortunately, as we unwind there are those who gear up to take advantage of our moments of diversion and distraction. Scammers love summer, too. Here are a few summer scams that can turn a much-needed break from work into a break-the-bank moment or make for a truly unhappy holiday, and some simple tips to avoid getting got. 1. The Front Desk Scam You arrive late […]

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