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What GOP Health Care Means for Your Wallet

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Will you be better or worse off if Republicans pass their version of health care reform? That’s the burning question for most Americans as they watch the arm wrestling going on in Washington, D.C. As with the health care debate itself, there are no easy answers. The bill being debated right now, the American Health Care Act working its way through the House of Representatives, offers strong hints about what health insurance will look like when […]

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    How bad is recent WikiLeaks document spill about CIA? Look beyond headlinesData Security, Government

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    WikiLeaks got everyone’s attention again last week, with dire headlines proclaiming the entire American government spook infrastructure had just been decimated by the secret-smashing site. Julian Assange, true to form, has shared a little leaked data and promised a whole lot more. (“Less than 1%” has been shared, the site said in a tweet). The cache of stolen documents it published does have a media-friendly name, however: Vault7.Hold on to your hyperbole: There’s a lot […]

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    The Vice President Got Phished — Are You Next?Government, Cybersecurity

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    America got mail this weekend, about 30 emails, according to reports. They were written as recently as last year by then-Governor Mike Pence and sent from his personal AOL account. While this is a political story, it is not about politics. It’s about a nationwide problem. The emails, released to the Indianapolis Star in response to a public records request, include state business. The revelation is that Pence used his private email account to conduct […]

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    How Trump’s Immigration Policy Spurred a Deportation ScamGovernment

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    For those who thought President Trump’s stance on immigration was the gossamer of election year overpromising, it’s time to adjust that thinking. The administration last week unveiled plans to target all “removable” aliens. It is a staggering number of people: 11 million. If I told you that Price Waterhouse blamed the envelope mix-up at the Oscars on a practical joke devised by Warren Beatty and provided a link to the story, would you click through? […]

  • Consumer protection

    Why the CFPB Is in Danger of Getting TrumpedFinancial Literacy, Government, Consumer Protection

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    Just beyond the Trump swelter of the hour, lawmakers have been busy concocting plans to dismantle key achievements of the Obama years. Among those accomplishments currently targeted is a concerted effort to destroy, defang, scrap (feel free to select the word) the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB was created to protect consumers from the kinds of predatory practices that played a big part in the financial meltdown of 2007 to 2008. The idea was […]

  • Cyber Security

    How Secure Will Cybersecurity Be Under Trump?Government, Cybersecurity

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    I have to admit that when President-elect Trump uttered “the cyber” during the first presidential debate, I was right there with the tech community in the collective eye-rolling that followed. “The Cyber” memes were born, along with real concern about the candidate’s grasp on cyber security, and with the recent announcement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the cyber czar, those concerns multiplied. The seeming “misunderestimation,” or possibly anti-comprehension, regarding something so […]

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    7 Things To Do if Your Social Security Number is CompromisedGovernment, Identity Theft

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    If you clicked here just to confirm that you have nothing to worry about, sorry – there’s plenty to worry about. This is the part in the movie when the doctor takes off her mask and gloves with a defeated sigh and delivers the dreaded news: something went horribly wrong — and we’re all potentially the patient she’s talking about. You should have already done what I am about to tell you because there’s a […]

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren & Rep. Steve Cohen: It’s Time to Stop Employer Credit ChecksGovernment, credit

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    Bad credit can happen for a lot of reasons, but today many people have bad credit through no fault of their own. Illness, job loss, divorce or the death of a loved one can plunge a family into unexpected hard times. In difficult circumstances like these, a drop in income or taking on more debt can badly damage a credit report—even for a person who continues to make every payment on time. For countless Americans, […]

  • Does Your State’s Unclaimed Funds Expose Too Much Private Information?Column, Government, Blog, Identity Theft

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    When it comes to privacy, not all states are alike. This was confirmed yet again last week in the 50 State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices we compiled. The compendium ranks the amount of personal data state treasuries expose during the process by which individuals can claim and collect unclaimed funds. The data exposed can provide fraudsters with a crime exacta: claiming money that no one will ever miss and gathering various nuggets of personal […]

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    Is Your State Helping Scammers Rip You Off?Column, Government, Blog, Identity Theft

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    As cybercriminals become more skilled, the privacy practices at many organizations have not kept apace. In the State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices that I’ve compiled, I found this to be the case at many state treasuries where the data exposed provides fraudsters with a crime exacta: claiming money that no one will ever miss and gathering various nuggets of personal data that can help facilitate other types of identity theft. First, you have to […]

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