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    Do Some Toys Threaten Your Child’s Privacy?Privacy

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    Is Santa spying on your kids? A set of consumer groups think so and are petitioning the Federal Trade Commission to step in on Tuesday. In a broader report accompanying the complaint, consumer groups are warning that a coming “Internet of Toys” could have long-term implications for child safety. “Product safety is no longer just about a small toy that you are afraid your kid will choke on,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the […]

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    6 Ways to Hack Your Holiday BillsPersonal Finance

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    The holidays represent a celebration of faith and a fun time with family, yet they’re far from cheap. After buying for your kids, your relatives and holiday get-togethers galore, it’s easy to start the new year with an empty wallet. The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts the average consumer will spend $935.58 on holiday gifts this year. If you hope to spend less than average, it’s best to start planning now. While saving money over the holidays isn’t easy, it […]

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    Do You Need a Checking Account to Have Good Credit?Personal Finance

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    Since our credit scores are tied so heavily to our finances, you might be wondering if it’s essential to use a checking account at a bank or credit union to have a good credit score. This is a good question, especially if you handle most of your financial obligations using prepaid debit cards and money orders. The short answer here is no, according to Jeff Richardson, a spokesperson for VantageScore Solutions. “It’s probably a little […]

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    3 Things to Do When Your Credit Card Balances Get Out of ControlPersonal Finance

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    One of the key numbers in your financial life is your debt-to-credit ratio. It has a huge impact on your credit score, and on your budget. Basically, your debt-to-credit ratio is how much debt you carry versus how much credit you have available collectively and on individual revolving accounts, like a credit card. Like other ratios, this one can be expressed as a percentage. For instance, if you have a $5,000 credit limit and a […]

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    What Could Happen to the CFPB Under President Trump?Consumer Protection

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    Since the day it was created, Republicans have talked about dismantling or defanging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). With the surprise election of Donald Trump as the next president, and continued Republican control of Congress, the GOP will certainly have that chance. It won’t be easy, however. The brainchild of then-Harvard bankruptcy professor Elizabeth Warren, the CFPB was created in the wake of the financial meltdown caused, in part, by consumer confusion and missteps […]

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    Unfilled jobs are the biggest threat to cybersecurityData Security, Cybersecurity, Technology

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    Automation, a deeper talent pool and more women can help close infosec gap When asked, “what is the biggest threat to internet security?” the majority of quick-fire answers can likely be represented by the flags of a handful of nation states. Yet examining the nature of the industry, it can easily be argued that the biggest risk internet security faces is the general inability to respond to and counter attacks launched by adversaries. Today, it […]

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    Election Anxiety? Here Are 5 Popular Job Openings in CanadaPolitics

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    It seems like the 2016 election has everyone on edge. Though threatening to flee the country during an election year has become somewhat of a tradition in recent years, this particular election — between two wildly different candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — has given those threats a tinge of seriousness. People are seriously thinking about moving to Canada if their candidate doesn’t win, and the numbers show that it may not be just […]

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    Can Gambling Affect Your Credit Scores?Consumer Protection, credit

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    If Las Vegas or Atlantic City are your ideal travel destinations because you love to gamble, luck is on your side: Gambling does not automatically hurt your credit scores. But before you sit down at the blackjack table or roulette wheel and lose a few hundred bucks, you need to know that even though this choice won’t directly harm your credit, it can still be a risky move. There are certain gambling behaviors that can […]

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    Boss Asking for Wired Money? It Could Be a ScamIdentity Theft

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    It’s much easier to steal $1 million from one person than $1 from a million people, so naturally that’s where identity thieves have taken their “industry.” Small-dollar credit card fraud is old, tricking corporations into wiring millions of dollars overseas is in. At the root of the latest scariest trend in identity fraud is a new twist on an old scam routine: impersonation. But in this con criminals aren’t impersonating a teenager in trouble to […]

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    6 Big Mistakes People Make When Settling DebtPersonal Finance

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    If you can’t pay back a debt you may be able to settle it for less than what is owed. The goal in doing so is pretty straight forward — you want to get the creditor to accept a lower payment amount than the current balance on the loan or account. However, getting there can prove to be a challenging task and there are some mistakes you’ll want to avoid when trying to settle a […]

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