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  • Don’t Wait Until 2016 to Make a Credit ResolutionColumn, Blog

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    I get a lot of puzzled looks when I start wishing people Happy New Year after Labor Day — 2016 is four months away, after all. While the Jewish New Year is in two weeks, I’m not talking about that, either. (But since I mentioned it: Happy New Year to you and yours!) I’m talking about the start of a new school year, which is a great time to make a new resolution to improve […]

  • Did You Make One of These 7 Back-to-School Shopping Mistakes?Column, Blog

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    As kids across the country embark on that saddest of journeys back to school after a summer of fun, wondering where all the time went, many parents may be having a similar reaction to the frenzy of back-to-school shopping and where their money went. While getting a child equipped for school is never a cheap date, for families who have a limited budget (or no budget at all) this time of year can be stressful, […]

  • Privacy Is Dead: What You Still Can Do to Protect YourselfColumn, Blog

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    When it comes to cybersecurity, we are all in a state of emergency, but the real question is – is anybody listening? A recent poll commissioned by Intercede, a digital security company, asked more than 1,000 men and women between the ages of 16-35 (aka millennials) in the U.S. and over 1,000 in the UK if they believed current safeguards are effectively protecting their digital identities and personal identifying information from exposure. The resounding answer […]

  • The Socially Transmitted Disease That Has No Cure: Identity TheftColumn, Blog

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    Whether you are new to college, single and dating or newly divorced (because you panicked and confessed when news of the Ashley Madison hack hit the media), I’ll bet there is at least one socially transmitted disease you haven’t started worrying about: identity theft. If you use Facebook, you’re making easy work for identity thieves. The same goes for the whole cosmos of social media whether you favor Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, or […]

  • The Most Dangerous Identity Theft ThreatColumn, Blog

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    Last weekend, TheUpshot published the most dangerous identity theft threat: the non-expert’s tendency to underestimate the magnitude of problem. The piece in question argued that the consequences of most identity theft have been exaggerated (by identity theft experts like me), and that, “only a tiny number of people exposed by leaks end up paying any costs.” The main source for TheUpshot’s argument seems to be the 2015 Identity Fraud Report (covering data from 2014) published […]

  • Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid ScamColumn, Blog

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    As July melts into August, many college-age students are once again turning their thoughts (if they haven’t done so already) to that beast of complexity, the FAFSA form – which students must fill out if they want to receive financial aid. While there are many reputable companies that help prepare FAFSA forms, there are a number of parasites out there as well. Filling out the FAFSA is about as much fun as Thanksgiving dinner table […]

  • 9 Summer Scams and How You Can Avoid ThemColumn, Blog

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    Summer is a time for sun, fun, exploration and relaxation. Unfortunately, as we unwind there are those who gear up to take advantage of our moments of diversion and distraction. Scammers love summer, too. Here are a few summer scams that can turn a much-needed break from work into a break-the-bank moment or make for a truly unhappy holiday, and some simple tips to avoid getting got. 1. The Front Desk Scam You arrive late […]

  • The Federal Government Needs a Cybersecurity Marathon, Not a SprintColumn, Blog

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    You may not have heard of Tony Scott, but that may change next week. Over the past 16 years, he served as the chief information officer (CIO) for both Microsoft and Walt Disney, and from 1999-2005 he was the chief technology officer of information systems and services at General Motors Corporation. He was recruited to become the CIO of the U.S. back in February to stop our nation’s cyber-bleeding, specifically at federal agencies like the […]

  • The Millennial Mindset That’s Setting Them Up for Financial SuccessColumn, credit, Blog, Personal Finance

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    Millennials are big on communication and DIY projects. While some say they are self-centered, or even self-obsessed, others point to their tendency for group-think and communitarian leanings. They believe more in the power of their network of friends than in institutions. One thing is for sure: Millennials are heavily invested in controlling the narrative of their lives — both globally and digitally. While such a tack can be instantly gratifying on social networking sites, it […]

  • 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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