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  • 4 Ways to Avoid Charity and Disaster Relief ScamsCharity, Blog, Personal Finance

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    It is virtually impossible to see the devastation after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines or last weekend’s tornadoes in the Midwest, and not feel a tug on your heartstrings. After all, so many people were left with so little, and it could take so little from you or me to help them get food and clean water, shelter and even clothing to begin to replace what was lost. Charity scam artists use that near-universal empathy […]

  • Why the Adobe Hack Scares Me — And Why It Should Scare YouData Security, Blog, Technology

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    If you’re one of those folks who believed that “it will never happen to me,” when it comes to identity theft, the hack of Adobe’s internal database isn’t just bad news — it’s scary. It is increasingly inevitable that every business will suffer some kind of data breach — and that each of us will be a victim of identity theft, possibly as a result of one of those breaches. Suddenly, just being careful about […]

  • New Identity Theft Victims: The Denver Broncos CheerleadersIdentity Theft

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    In this day and age, the question is no longer whether or not your identity will be stolen – it’s when it will get stolen and how bad the damage will be. The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders found that out the hard way this year when — according to police reports — Christopher Jason Bahl and Gary Dean Crowther allegedly stole mail from the mailbox of a Cheerleaders staff member and discovered a check from the […]

  • Baby Boomers Beware: Scammers Are After Your Parents’ MoneyFinancial Literacy, Blog, Personal Finance

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    It’s no great secret that I’m a big fan of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its crucial work to help improve our financial literacy and protect us from financial predators. Since I have dedicated much of my career to helping consumers better understand their own finances and credit, and how to protect and restore their identities after personal compromises or data breaches, I’m thrilled to see more Americans getting the help they need from […]

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    4 Simple Things to Do Every Year to Save MoneyFinancial Literacy, Blog, Personal Finance, Money

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    For many people, managing finances feels like an overwhelming task. Our lives are incredibly busy as it is, and folks in my line of work tend to throw around acronyms and jargon until too many people just throw their hands up in despair. It all can seem so overwhelming and some of us simply never get started. Fear not. It really doesn’t have to be that way. There are four simple things you can do […]

  • What Your Search History Says About You (And How to Shut It Up)Privacy

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    With this week’s revelation that the NSA secretly hacked into the data centers that power Google and Yahoo users’ emails and documents (allowing them to check out users’ files at will and without warrants), one is forced to wonder if Americans are aware of exactly how much personal information the NSA might find there — and how much they agreed to provide. After all, type anything into a Google search and its auto-complete function provides […]

  • Could Law Enforcement Leverage Facebook Data to Identify You?Data Security, Government, Blog, Technology

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    Facebook’s privacy policies have always been the subject of debate among its users — especially when they change, as they did this month for underage users. After all, when you’re putting so much information online where anyone can see it, how upset can you be when the public sees it? But what if “the public” is law enforcement, and their idea of fair use is uploading all your pictures into a vast database used to […]

  • Could Facebook’s New Privacy Rules Endanger Your Kids?Social Media, Blog, Privacy, Technology

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    Not a week goes by without another story of an adult doing something colossally stupid on social media and paying the price. So why in the world did Facebook think it advisable to allow 13-year-old kids to make their pictures and status updates public? In a widely-decried move, Facebook announced last week that underage users — those between 13 and 17, as kids younger than 13 are technically not allowed to open accounts — would […]

  • 5 Ways That Being Internet-Free on a Plane Is Better for Your SecurityData Security, Blog, Technology

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    For the first time in a while, I found myself this week on a transcontinental flight without WiFi access or in-flight television. I generally try to avoid being electronically sequestered for any amount of time, especially on a football Sunday, so I couldn’t help but feel it was a punishment of sorts — at least at first. But as someone who makes a living being paranoid about information security, I forced myself to think about […]

  • The Biggest Victim of the Debt Ceiling Deal: Your Retirement SavingsPersonal Finance

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    The cat fights in Congress over the debt ceiling aren’t just an inside-the-Beltway problem — they’re already a Wall Street problem, and they’re becoming a Main Street problem. There was little to celebrate Wednesday night after the Senate passed the legislation to re-open the government until January and raise the debt ceiling until February — and for good reason. Not only did the entire shameful debacle cost the U.S. $24 billion so far and undermine […]

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