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  • Election scam

    Watch out for These Last-Minute Election Scams

    Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    This year’s election has felt a lot more like hockey fight than an orderly Democratic process, much less the fabled one that makes America great. While there’s no ignoring the missing Chiclets from Uncle Sam’s hitherto perfect smile, talk of election irregularities isn’t exactly new. So, how worried should you be? In addition to the usual election scam warnings— the ones that actually affect people at a consumer level and need to be addressed every […]

  • Cyber defense

    We Need a National Cyber Defense Agency

    Column Technology 

    If you’re like most Americans, the idea that our country doesn’t have a unified cyber defense agency is about as unthinkable as a presidential contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Welcome to the desert of the real. Our cyber defenses are scattered across three agencies that don’t always communicate well (a generous appraisal) or in a timely fashion, and we’ve never been more vulnerable. As Ronald Reagan (quoting John Adams) famously said during his […]

  • hackers election

    Boss Asking for Wired Money? It Could Be a Scam

    Identity Theft 

    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 […]

  • Settle debt

    6 Big Mistakes People Make When Settling Debt

    Personal Finance 

    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 […]

  • Wells Fargo Fraud

    Wells Fargo: Are You Being Swindled Right Now?

    Personal Finance 

    Wells Fargo is still reeling in the aftermath of a major scandal, the latest news being that the banking behemoth lost its accreditation from the Better Business Bureau. While perhaps not an extinction level event, think of this as getting panned by Ben Brantley of the New York Times on the opening night of your $50 million Broadway show. So here’s a question right up there with jelly bean jar guesses at the number of […]

  • Debt

    5 Credit Score Myths You Can’t Afford to Believe

    credit Personal Finance 

    It’s no surprise there are misconceptions surrounding credit reports and credit scores. It can be easy to have these misunderstandings, whether because of social media, friends and family, or simply your own interpretations. But believing myths about credit could ultimately damage your credit scores, resulting in lost opportunities and possibly even higher interest rates. But you can do something to help prevent that from happening to you. These are five credit score myths that you just simply […]

  • Donald Trump

    Trump’s Business Credit Score Is 19 Out of a Possible 100

    Politics credit 

    Debate season has brought about quite a bit of talk about how Donald Trump runs his businesses and how the Clinton Foundation gets its donor dollars. Nav, a business score education organization, decided to run business credit scores for both The Trump Organization and the Clinton Foundation (you can view the full Nav report details here). The results might surprise you. What’s a Business Credit Score? Similar to your personal credit scores, business credit scores and […]

  • scam call

    Scam Alert: Those Campaign Calls May Be a Trick

    Politics Identity Theft 

    As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ramp up their campaigning efforts in the last weeks of this year’s presidential election, robocalls have increased significantly. And not just the legitimate ones. Scammers also have upped their efforts in hopes of gaming the politically fervent and gullible. A recent review of political robocalls tied to the 2016 presidential election found that legitimate calls from the Trump and Clinton campaigns have increased by 64% since the beginning of […]

  • Boardroom cybersecurity

    TalkTalk takeaway: Cybersecurity is a boardroom issue

    Data Security Technology 

    Enterprises, SMBs must gird for new rules and protect sensitive data – or pay hefty price British telecom giant TalkTalk actually may have gotten off lightly when privacy regulators hit the British telecom giant with a £400,000 ($496,910) fine last week for failing to prevent a major data breach. The fine, issued by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office is, indeed, for a record amount. And it will clearly hurt TalkTalk, both financially and in reputation. […]

  • social media hack

    What the Recent Yahoo Hack Really Means for You

    Privacy Technology 

    There has been a lot of talk about Yahoo being “the anti-Apple” when it comes to consumer privacy following last week’s news about a government order granting access to Yahoo Mail. Regardless of what happened there — and it is far from clear — recent reports underscore the need for more consumer awareness about best privacy practices. What’s Going Around It’s definitely been a bad news month for Yahoo starting with the revelation, on September […]

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