About Adam K Levin | Contact | Videos
Recent Tweets

LATEST ARTICLES

  • parent protecting child

    ID Scams Target Parents Just Trying to Protect Their Kids

    Identity Theft 

    Ask a parent how far they’d go to protect their child, and their answer would probably be along the lines of, “I’d do anything.” That’s a powerful statement — and it’s also a dangerous one. Sometimes, parents’ efforts to keep their kids safe can actually put their children at risk. The Identity Theft Resource Center and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently issued a warning on this topic, telling parents to watch […]

  • Summer vacation

    How Staying Off Social Media Can Keep You Safer & Happier This Summer

    Social Media Lifehacking 

    Let’s face it, there’s no bigger downer than working all day and coming home to images of other people’s awesome vacations — that is, nothing except maybe coming home to find out you’ve been robbed or had your identity stolen. According the Pew Research Center, 65% of adults use social media, and among people aged 18 to 29, the percentage skyrockets to more than 90% of the population. For a family with kids, a staggering […]

  • mad

    Why Credit Makes People So Freaking Mad: A Theory

    credit 

    No one really likes reading about credit, credit scores and credit reports. As editor of a publication devoted to teaching people about these things, it’s a fact that I’ve had to learn to live with, and it’s not a surprising one. There’s plenty for people to get mad about. Credit is confusing, credit report errors can be hard to fix, and the whole business is generally considerably less fun than watching a kitten escape from […]

  • mortgage

    3 Things That Will Sabotage Your Plans to Buy a House

    Mortgages 

    No one wants money to stand in the way when their heart is set on owning a home. But all too often borrowers pull last-minute moves that put their financing in jeopardy. “The events that can endanger the transaction are the kinds that happen at the last minute,” according to Joe Parsons, senior loan officer with PFS Funding in Dublin, California, “for example, an unidentified or unsourced deposit made two days before escrow that we […]

  • How to Protect Your Identity While You’re Out of Town

    Identity Theft 

    hile it’s important to do everything you can to protect yourself from identity-related crime when you’re traveling, it’s equally important to do everything you can to protect your home and the breadcrumbs of your identity that you leave behind. Every possible kind of identity-related crime exists in a dormant state in your home. In more forms and places and files than you can possibly remember, sensitive personal information stays behind, and only you can protect […]

  • Brexit

    What Does Brexit Mean for American Travelers?

    Politics Money 

    In the midst of summer travel season, United Kingdom citizens voted to leave the European Union. With “Brexit” came a drop in the value of the British pound, which is lower than it has been in about 30 years, giving Americans a chance to get more for the dollar if they want to pack their bags and head to Europe. (As of this writing, the conversion rate is 1 pound to 1.33 U.S. dollars. The exchange rate has been as […]

  • Medical Debt

    There Have Been Double-Digit Increases in Medical Costs in Just a Year

    health care Money 

    Anyone who’s reviewed their health insurance statements is well-acquainted with just how high medical bills can climb. Now, a new analysis from TransUnion found that consumers are increasingly being asked to shoulder the costs. Per the credit bureau, patients saw a 13% rise in both deductible and out-of-pocket maximum costs between 2014 and 2015. The average deductible for consumers in 2015 was $1,278, compared to $1,131 in 2014. Out-of-pocket costs rose to $3,470 in 2015, compared to $3,065 the year prior, TransUnion […]

  • Gold stash

    9 Credit Lessons You Can Learn From ‘Game of Thrones’

    credit 

    If you’re a fan of “Game of Thrones,” you can apply some of the show’s lessons to your financial life. Here are nine credit lessons the characters have inadvertently taught us over the last six seasons. (And, warning, there are spoilers ahead for those of you who haven’t caught up.) 1. Always Pay Your Debts  The unofficial motto of House Lannister is “a Lannister always pays his debts.” Whether actually true or not, it’s a […]

  • Password

    7 Steps to Safer Passwords for All Your Online Accounts

    Personal Finance 

    Some passwords are funny. Some are pretty weird. Some can be a math problem. Many can be laughably easy to hack (I give you “dadada, ”“qwerty,” “password” and”123qwe” to name a few.) — or very tricky. But one thing is for sure, they are never really 100% hack proof. Earlier this month, news broke that a significant number of Twitter passwords had been compromised and were being offered to anyone willing to fork over 10 […]

  • Spying Boss

    4 Signs Your Boss Is Spying on You

    Privacy 

    Chances are, your boss is keeping an eye on you. In fact, the American Management Association (AMA) reports that 43% of companies actively monitor employee emails and roughly the same number track the time you spend on the phone and who you call (16% go so far as to record those calls). Nearly half of companies say they use video to reduce theft and workplace sabotage. Workplace monitoring is nothing new, of course. Bosses have probably been […]

LOAD MORE ARTICLES