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  • puppy scam

    Look! An Adorable Puppy … Nope. Scam.

    Consumer Protection Identity Theft 

    A California woman recently almost fell victim to a nasty scam on eBay when she was looking for an Old English Sheepdog puppy. Chalk it up to the dog days of summer, or just to really awful people who are willing to break hearts and ruin lives for a quick buck. Amy Green of Carlsbad reportedly told the San Diego Union-Tribune she was looking at classifieds on the online marketplace when she came across a post […]

  • shred credit card

    Do I Need to Shred My Old Credit Cards?

    Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    Chances are you’re probably already shredding documents like your bank and credit card statements before discarding them. You might even be taking the extra step of shredding things like credit card applications and other pieces of mail you receive since they contain personal information, such as your address. But are you shredding old credit cards when you get a replacement card? If you aren’t, you probably should. “With the proliferation of data breaches, phishing scams and ID theft, […]

  • will

    How to Have ‘The Talk’ With Your Family About Your Will

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    Most people never disclose the details of their estate plan to their children, who may also be their successor trustees, executors, and agents. As a result, after they die, the children are left to guess about their deceased family member’s true intentions because of the sterile, legal language used in their parent’s will or living trust. It’s also true that many children are not even sure that their deceased parent wrote a will, much less […]

  • Scam Alert

    Watch Out for This Scam if You Follow Banks on Instagram

    Data Security Banking 

    There are lots of good reasons to follow companies on social media — to gain insight into the brand’s priorities, learn about deals, seek inspiration, get behind-the-scenes looks, berate them for bad customer service, and so on. But who you follow on social media isn’t always private, and there are people out there who will use who you follow to try and steal your money. A new report from ZeroFOX, a security technology company, suggests […]

  • kids hacked

    5 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked

    Column Data Security Personal Finance 

    For adults, home is a refuge, but for children it is a never-ending treasure hunt. While you’re out — you know, paying for the place — it’s a safe bet your kids are getting into your stuff, and when it comes to things digital, that can be a serious problem. As a seasoned parent, you’ve had that shock a thousand times, looking up from your phone, tablet or computer to the sight of a child […]

  • ransomware

    Tips to avoid becoming a victim of ransomware

    Data Security Technology 

    Ransomware is becoming one of the most profitable areas of cyber crime. In the past, cyber criminals would steal data, and then re-sell it. With ransomware, they block access to an individual or organization’s data by encrypting it, then selling the data’s owner a decryption key to regain access. And with the rise of hard-to-trace currency, such as bitcoin, there is less chance of getting caught. Organizations will pay for fear that they’ll lose their […]

  • Student loan

    4 Programs That Can Help You Get Out of Student Loan Debt

    student loans Personal Finance 

    In 2015, 71% of college graduates left school with an average of $35,051 in debt, nearly quadruple the average debt among college graduates in 1993. That’s a lot of debt to be strapped with as graduates make their way into the working world. Fortunately, there are options that can help some borrowers pay off that debt earlier, have some of it forgiven or make the payments easier to handle. If you’re struggling with student loan debt, […]

  • cyber-security

    5 Cyber-Security Myths We Need to Ditch

    Data Security Technology 

    Pick a subject, any subject, and there are myths and pure nonsense that someone will buy into. Birds will die if they eat the uncooked rice flung at newlyweds. (Nope) If you eat Mentos and drink Diet Coke simultaneously your stomach will explode. (Hardly) You only have one credit score. (Wrong) Napoleon was short. (At 5’ 6”, his height was average in his day). “President Obama was the founder of ISIS.” (Oh, come on Donald!) […]

  • car insurance

    7 Things You Never Knew Impacted Your Car Insurance

    Personal Finance 

    When searching for an auto insurance policy, there are things we expect will impact our rates: demographic details like age, home address, even credit score. But in the world of car insurance, there are still surprises, believe it or not. Below, you’ll find the top seven most surprising things that can impact your car insurance rates, taken straight from a comprehensive research report on the state of the auto insurance industry compiled by The Zebra. 1. […]

  • 5 Things That Aren't Worth As Much Money As You Think

    5 Things That Aren’t Worth As Much Money As You Think

    Personal Finance 

    How much money is your stuff worth? Chances are, you think your possessions are more valuable than they actually are. Economists even have a name for the phenomenon: the endowment effect. Whether it’s a car, a stock or a stack of old books, people tend to assign a greater value to items they already own than they would if they didn’t already have a vested interest in their worth. You can see the endowment effect […]

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