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  • 3 Renter GotchasConsumer Protection, Identity Theft


    It’s already hard enough to find an affordable home or apartment to rent (especially if you live in one of these cities). Rental prices are rising fast around the country, even in unexpected places like Kansas City and Portland. But as more people turn to online help to find a decent home, there are more scams and gotchas to worry about, too. First, let’s look at prices. Nationwide, rents are up about 3% in the […]

  • A year later, Heartbleed bug still hasn’t been squashedData Security, Technology


    A recent report by cybersecurity management firm Venafi showing that a vast majority of the world’s largest companies remain vulnerable to attacks stemming from the Heartbleed flaw suggests that many have not grasped the full nature of the threat nor do they think the risk justifies the cost of remediating it. It’s been exactly one year since details of the OpenSSL flaw were first publicly disclosed. In the 12 months since then, numerous security researchers, […]

  • Massive Auburn Data Breach Ensnares Applicants, Students & Those Who Never Even AppliedIdentity Theft


    Thousands of students who never even applied to Auburn University have had their personal information, including Social Security numbers, exposed due to a security flaw discovered March 2. Information about 364,012 current, former and prospective students was accessible online between Sept. 1, 2014, and March 2, 2015. “The exposure resulted from configuration issues with a new device installed to replace a broken server,” a statement on the university website reads. “After securing our server, we […]

  • Credit Card

    Switch to chip & sign credit cards still leaves users exposedcredit, Identity Theft


    The way Americans spend money is on the verge of its biggest change in decades, but the drumbeat of doubters continues to get louder. New chip-enabled credit cards are slowly getting into consumers’ hands in advance of a looming deadline later this year. But a Walmart executive recently told CNN that U.S. chip cards are a “joke,” and a new report examining other countries’ changeovers suggests criminals around the globe merely switched tactics and kept […]

  • Will Your Next Debt Collector Be a Robot?Personal Finance


    Are the days of debt collectors sitting in cubicles “dialing for dollars” numbered? Debt collection, like many sectors of the economy, is starting to go digital. So if the idea of talking with a debt collector automatically puts your stomach in knots, you may be in for a pleasant surprise: In the not-too-distant future, your debt collector may be a computer. William Lowe, director of operations for Gluu.org, a firm that writes and supports open source […]

  • White House

    White House Privacy Bill Faces Long Road AheadGovernment, Privacy


    The recently released White House Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights discussion draft may give consumers better protections than currently available in the United States. But it has too many loopholes and weak enforcement, privacy experts say. And even the Federal Trade Commission — which ultimately would enforce the legislation — has criticized the draft. A fact sheet released by the White House acknowledges the need for strong consumer information protection, as more and more data […]

  • Identity Theft Victim Spends 32 Days in JailIdentity Theft


    A Georgia man says he spent 32 days in a Missouri jail for crimes a former roommate committed. It was a case of identity theft, James Molden told a local news reporter, saying the ex-roommate used Molden’s Social Security number and photo ID to open several bank accounts and take out an auto loan in Molden’s name. Molden said he filed a police report in Georgia, but when the thief failed to make payments on […]

  • Personal Loan

    BSA Offers Up to $1 Million to Bust Software PiratesTechnology


    When you were a kid, you may have heard that nobody likes a tattletale. That isn’t true. BSA The Software Alliance loves tattletales. If you report software piracy to BSA and your information directly results in a legal settlement between the alliance and the offending party, you can get a significant cut of that settlement. BSA advocates for the software industry, and some of its members include tech giants like Adobe, Apple and Microsoft. It […]

  • The Top States for Identity TheftIdentity Theft


    Consumers filed nearly 2.6 million complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and other consumer groups in 2014, and identity theft was the most common kind, making up 13% of complaints, according to the annual Consumer Sentinel Network report. Identity theft is a national issue — the 332,646 identity theft complaints made 2014 the year with the second-most complaints of that kind in 14 years (there were 369,143 in 2012) — but the crime has hot […]

  • 5 Myths About Women & MoneyFinancial Literacy


    With only 23% of Certified Financial Planners being women, you might think the fairer sex isn’t all that interested in money matters. You’d be wrong. The idea that women either aren’t interested in or capable of managing money is a myth that seems to bubble under the surface of our consciousness. The politically correct don’t want to say it out loud, but it’s there. It’s a bit like when Barbie blurted out that math class is tough! […]