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    How Your Favorite Song Lyrics Can Protect Your Identity

    Identity Theft 

    What if someone told you that you could use some of the words from your all-time favorite song as your password? Not only that, but that it could actually be as effective as some difficult-to-remember imbroglio like Ge0rg34m@gr!|| — you know, something like what your IT department sends you as a start-up password. Would you doalittledancemakealittlelovegetdowntonight? If your answer is yes, yes, you would do a little dance … and get down tonight, good news! […]

  • Stressed

    Stressed About Saving for Retirement? You’re Not Alone

    Retirement Personal Finance 

    A recent survey found 56% of Americans are losing sleep over saving for retirement. Another shows having enough money to retire comfortably is the most common financial stressor among 401K participants, regardless of age. In short: Americans are freaking out about retirement. That makes a lot of sense, considering that report after report has shown that we’re a nation of people who are terrible at saving money. And, as those retirement surveys suggest, we’re painfully […]

  • The talk

    Gone Phishing? How to Talk to Your Kids About Malware

    Data Security Technology 

    Picture this: The car is full. You’re navigating by the side mirrors while doing a mental inventory of everything you packed and wondering if you are going to make it to the realtor’s office in time to pick up the keys for your vacation rental. You have absolutely no idea what the kids are doing in the back seat. Now forget the massive distraction of that summer road trip and consider the bigger picture. It […]

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    3 Things You Absolutely Need for a Mortgage

    Personal Finance 

    If you’ve never bought a home before or it has been many years since your last mortgage transaction, you may want to freshen up on the basics before you head to the bank. To get you started, we’re going to go over three of the main things lenders look for when reviewing your mortgage application. 1. Cash This one is a biggie. You’ll likely need to have cash to buy a house, plain and simple. While this […]

  • Spending on a wedding

    5 Tips to Avoid Going in the Red for Your Wedding

    Personal Finance Money 

    Planning a wedding can be time-consuming and put a strain on your wallet, so it’s important to stick to a budget. The average U.S. wedding costs over $26,000, but if you play your cards right, you can stay on track — and out of debt. Here are six tips to help you stick to your budget when wedding planning. 1. Create a Wedding Budget Once Mr. (or Ms.) Right, pops the question, you’ll want to […]

  • Zika scam

    As If the Zika Virus Wasn’t Bad Enough, Now There Are Alleged Zika Scams

    Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control issued a travel warning, urging pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community north of downtown Miami, where the Zika Virus is spreading. But while health officials work to contain the outbreak, a group of alleged scammers appear to have cropped up to prey on people’s fears. On Wednesday, the New York Attorney General issued cease-and-desist letters to seven companies marketing products that claim to protect […]

  • hackers election

    5 Ways Hackers Could Influence the Election

    Data Security Technology 

    When Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said he hoped the Russian government had found Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails, he wasn’t just taking a swipe at his opponent. He highlighted a very real and present danger to our democracy. While social media users were atwitter about whether or not The Donald had committed treason—for the record, he didn’t—I don’t know if his quasi-seditious braggadocio reveals anything about his loyalty to the country he hopes […]

  • Deceit

    Comcast Is Being Sued for Allegedly Deceiving Customers

    Consumer Protection 

    Washington state is suing Comcast for more than $100 million, its attorney general’s office announced Monday. The lawsuit alleges the cable giant deceived subscribers by offering a “near-worthless” service protection plan, charging improper service fees and conducting improper credit screening. The state is seeking refunds for more than 400,000 residents. The lawsuit primarily takes issue with Comcast’s Service Protection Plan, a nationwide program that claims subscribers can avoid being charged for certain technician visits to their home in exchange […]

  • credit score

    6 Universal Truths About Credit Reports

    credit Personal Finance 

    Credit reports: They’re complicated. You can’t really argue with that sentiment: They are long and often unwieldy; there are three major versions of them, and they can affect more facets of your life — like, say, your ability to get certain jobs — than you may think. Fortunately, there are some things that are true, no matter what credit report you’re looking at. Here are six universal truths about credit reports. 1. They’re All Going to Have the […]

  • Texting

    4 Things You Should Never Text or Email

    Identity Theft Technology 

    Most of us in our “instant gratification isn’t enough” society assume that the potential fallout from transmitting sensitive information via text, fax or email is outweighed by the convenience of getting something where it needs to be fast. After all, becoming the victim of an identity-related crime isn’t the end of the world, right? Define “End of the World” While it’s not technically the end of the world, you may find yourself wishing for it. […]

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