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  • The Secret to Beating a Car DealershipBlog, Personal Finance

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    As the first snap of the football season approaches, baseball builds to the crescendo of the World Series and duck hunting season is less than as month away (at least in some parts of the country), another kind of contest begins in earnest. Wading their way through billions of dollars of ads and eagerly navigating through fields of auto-malls, consumers are on the hunt for the best deal on a 2013 model, oblivious to the […]

  • 9 Household Items That Could Be Spying on YouBlog, Privacy

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    For Americans concerned about their privacy, the NSA data grabs are daunting, but what about the data grabs happening inside your own home, perpetrated not by the government but by your coffee machine? Consider every appliance and every piece of home electronics that you own. Does it gather data about how you use it? Does it connect to the Internet? If so, it could be used to spy on you. Your mobile devices, your TV, […]

  • Children and data

    7 Huge Mistakes Back-to-School Shoppers MakeBlog, Personal Finance

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    If you have kids in school — K through 12 or college — you don’t need anyone to remind you that back-to-school season has arrived. Between those early-season sales and last-minute shopping, there’s plenty of potential for trouble in the realm of personal finance — all the more so if you’re buying school supplies or clothes on a tight or non-existent budget. After you survive this ritual, there is a veritable conga line of holidays […]

  • Smartphone Theft: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself From ‘A National Epidemic’Identity Theft, Technology

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    Just by casually reading of the papers, you knew that smartphone theft was a problem. But who knew it was this bad? The number of stolen phones in New York City climbed 40% in one year It accounts for one of every two robberies in San Francisco. Nationwide stolen smart phones now account for 33% of all robberies. In fact, according to the National Consumers League, which has been “representing consumers and workers on marketplace […]

  • 5 Things You’re Doing That Could Make Your Life HellLifehacking, Blog, Personal Finance

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    Navigating your way through life is hard enough without those hopefully rare moments when you are stressed out or distracted and press the wrong button, take the wrong call, sign the wrong document, neglect to sign the right document or find another one of the countless ways we arrive at that “oops” moment that makes everything infinitely worse and has the potential to haunt you for years to come. (Just ask Carlos Danger.) Here are […]

  • Debt

    10 Really Dumb Things You Do With Credit CardsFinancial Literacy, Blog, Personal Finance

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    Like it or not, we are a credit card culture. They seem to be everywhere. They are on TV, being promoted by the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Alec Baldwin and “Ogre” from Revenge of the Nerds. The imagery is pervasive, and some places ONLY take credit or debit cards. They are also, obviously, in our wallets. There are an estimated 1.5 billion credit cards in use in the United States and that can make them […]

  • 9 Things You Need to Do When Your Email Is HackedIdentity Theft

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    For many people, the first sign that their email has been hacked comes when a friend shoots them a text or an email saying, “Hey there. Uh… I think your email was hacked… unless you meant to send me that link to the Viagra store.” Or you might figure it out because you can no longer log in to your account, or your smartphone can’t retrieve your messages. Or maybe you can log in to […]

  • Is Your State Selling Your Medical History For Pennies?Privacy

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    Unfortunately, the answer to the question in the headline is probably yes. More than half the states release some identifying information about your health records, making it more likely that your privacy can be exploited, according to a report that Bloomberg News ran a few weeks back. I’ll explain what’s going on in detail in a minute, even though I’m deeply embarrassed as a citizen that I even have to. When I first read the […]

  • 14 Dangerous Emails That Could Be in Your InboxBlog, Identity Theft, Technology

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    It’s ubiquitous — “Dialing-For-Dollars” version 3.0: a gateway to irresistible deals; an antidote to loneliness; a pathway to riches (either earned or not); a vehicle for helping those victimized by man-made or natural disasters; a clarion of sensational news; a conduit for memories; the bearer of less than glad tidings from our bank, our boss or our friends at the IRS; and, the cyber pony-express for a cry for help from a friend or relative […]

  • How to Prepare for Any DisasterFinancial Literacy, Retirement, Lifehacking, Blog, Personal Finance, Money

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    Disasters disrupt life in unimaginable ways, making those affected much more vulnerable to secondary disasters — the kind caused by criminals. I’ve been through a number of earthquakes and lost a home to Hurricane Sandy. I know how all-consuming the aftermath can be. Wildfires, tornadoes and other natural disasters seem to be happening more and more these days. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season will be “above normal […]

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