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  • How the Grinch Steals Christmas: He Follows Your Kid on InstagramData Security, Blog, Identity Theft, Technology


    In Dr. Seuss’ timeless tale, the Grinch had to wait until all of Whoville was asleep, tie his dog to a sled and slink down a few too-tight chimneys in order to steal Christmas from the Whos. In 2013, all a savvy criminal needs to do is follow your kids on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Foursquare, Google+ and/or Snapchat to figure out when the coast is clear. There have been enough publicized cases (and […]

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    Politicians, Ignore the Millennial Student Loan Crisis at Your Own RiskGovernment, Blog, Personal Finance, Money


    Though politicians fall all over themselves when it comes to voters in my age bracket and even older (that’s almost impossible to comprehend), a new survey by Harvard’s Institute of Politics shows a growing class of discontented, registered voters who agree that there is one major issue among them regardless of party affiliation: that class is millennials, and that issue is student loan debt. Despite being ignored by many politicians (unless it’s for a photo […]

  • In the New Economy, You Don’t Buy a Product: You Are the ProductBlog, Personal Finance, Privacy


    How much would you pay to secure your personal information from data farmers and marketers — and anyone that might be able to hack their servers? $100? $1,000? More? What if I told you that you gave it to them for $5 off your next $100 purchase? Because every time you gave your ZIP code to a store clerk last weekend for one of your Christmas gift purchases, that’s what you did. But the real […]

  • Should You Buy a Tablet for Your Kid?Blog, Personal Finance, Technology


    There isn’t a holiday season that goes by that most parents aren’t treated to the seasonal joy of caroling neighbors and cajoling children. There’s always something your kids want that you don’t want to give them, whether because it’s too expensive, too mature or too hard to find. But this year, you should seriously consider giving him or her that pricey iPad (or tablet) that adorns many an underage wishlist this year — not for […]

  • What We Can Learn From the Healthcare.gov DebacleGovernment, health care, Blog


    In a House committee hearing this week, several security experts agreed with committee Republicans that it would be better to shut down Healthcare.gov than continue piecemeal efforts to fix the as-yet unknown number of issues (including flaws that could expose users to identity theft). This is just the latest example of how the Obama Administration bungled the cornerstone of its legacy: providing millions of Americans access to affordable health insurance. While there are parts of […]

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 […]