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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 11 Really Dumb Things You Do With Your EmailData Security, Lifehacking, Blog, Technology

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    As political battle lines are drawn over the case of Edward Snowden and the NSA’s sophisticated program of electronic surveillance, it’s easy to forget our simplest and most common vulnerability to spying eyes: email. Just in the past few months, databases at LivingSocial and Evernote were hacked, exposing roughly 100 million email addresses to identity thieves. Facebook allegedly exposed 6 million users’ emails to unauthorized users, a “glitch” the company admitted was not detected for […]

  • The Top 3 Ways To Prepare For The Coming Cyber CrashTechnology

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    Here is news that won’t stop the presses. We live in an age of hype. Every new product is THE NEXT BIG THING (even if it’s nothing more than a different flavor of energy drink). Stores advertise their greatest one day sales ever—once a month — and their going out of business sales (until their next “going out of business” sale). And, every hit movie or play is, of course, the best ever. So, I […]

  • The 10 Commandments of Summer TravelLifehacking, Blog

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    Summer travel often makes us think of the Divine. If the flight is bumpy, we pray to God for a safe return to earth. After a long day at Disneyland, those of us with young children may find ourselves asking the Lord to give us greater capacity to love and understand. If you’re planning to take a trip this summer, you need some commandments of your own to protect yourself and your family from identity […]

  • The Identity Theft Flu: 5 Ways to Keep Yourself HealthyBlog, Identity Theft

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    Identity theft is a lot like the flu. You can do everything right — minimize your risk of exposure and so forth — but if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, then you’re toast. You can be standing next to the wrong person on a bus and get the flu, and when your data is sitting on the wrong database and the wrong person gains access, you become a victim of […]

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