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    Moving: A Dangerous Time for Your Identity

    Consumer Protection Identity Theft 

    Summertime offers an endless list of ways you can take it easy, unless it’s doesn’t. It’s also moving time. Whether we’re talking about college kids coming home for a few months or simple relocation, there’s nothing relaxing about a move — or simple. Get it wrong, and you become vulnerable to identity theft and other forms of fraud. For most people, moving is sufficiently stressful, without any complications or threats of crime, but what most […]

  • Password

    The Lesson Mark Zuckerberg Just Taught Everyone About Reusing Passwords

    Data Security Technology 

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently didn’t read the warning about using different passwords to protect online accounts. Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked over the weekend. Per the paper, Zuckerberg utilized the same password — “dadada” — to protect each account. That password had appeared last month in a database of more than 100 million usernames and passwords that was stolen from LinkedIn back in 2012, it said. Screenshots […]

  • Debt forgiveness

    Want to Buy & Forgive Debt Like John Oliver? Not So Fast

    health care Consumer Protection 

    When John Oliver announced Sunday night that he’d purchased medical debts as a faux collector and forgiven those debts, the Last Week Tonight host’s actions led to a serious question: Couldn’t this strategy be used on a wide scale? After all, Oliver managed to forgive about $15 million in debt for only $60,000. It’s a clever idea that has its roots in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Back in 2012, a group calling itself Rolling Jubilee […]

  • Broke grad

    5 Ways New Grads Can Screw Up Their Credit

    student loans Personal Finance 

    Graduation can be an exciting and exhilarating time, but if you thought the era of grades and scores was over, I have some bad news: It’s not. While the As and Bs are behind you, they’ve been replaced with another number … a tricky little three-digit number called your credit score. Your credit score is a calculation of your creditworthiness based on your credit history. It may be a lot to process right now, so […]

  • Could Your Campaign Contribution Expose You to Identity Theft?

    Politics Identity Theft 

    Over the past few years, we’ve experienced more ginormous data breaches than any of us can, or would even care to, remember. Against this backdrop, reflect upon the fact that political campaigns know as much, if not more, than advertisers about us — what inspires us and what will move us to vote. The Wild West Consider the various kinds of information a campaign crunches to determine who might be persuaded into voting for their […]

  • piggy bank

    Uh-Oh … Are Americans Raiding Their Piggy Banks?

    Personal Finance 

    Consumer spending increased 1% from March to April, the biggest increase in more than six years, according to a Reuters report on new Commerce Department data. In very basic economic terms, a jump in consumer spending can be a good thing: It can show that people are confident they’ll make ends meet without having to squirrel away their paychecks, like some people might do if they’re worried about losing their jobs. Before you get too […]

  • Scam Alert

    iTunes Gift Card Scams Are Flourishing

    Consumer Protection 

    iTunes gift cards have become a common tool for online scammers to wring money out of victims, according to new warnings from Apple and U.S. federal authorities. One agency received a deluge of complaints during a recent weekend, including word from one victim who lost $31,000 in a recent iTunes payment scam, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The agency said the problem has grown so bad that Apple recently posted a notice on its […]

  • Student Loan Debt Relief

    FTC Cracks Down on Student Loan Debt Relief Schemes

    Consumer Protection student loans 

    Some student loan borrowers having trouble repaying their loans are getting desperate, causing them to look for help in the wrong places. Federal regulators announced another crackdown this week on firms that charge illegal up-front fees, and ongoing monthly fees, selling debt relief services to these borrowers that are generally available for free. Three cases announced this week by the Federal Trade Commission add to similar cases already announced by other federal regulators, revealing the extent […]

  • Housing wealth

    When’s the Best Time to Sell Your House?

    Mortgages Personal Finance 

    If you’re looking to sell your home, you may want to wait until the spring or summer months set in. Sure, that may not sound like the best use of the nice weather, but putting any travel on hold as you try to relocate could prove worthwhile. The best time to sell is generally anytime between mid-April and October 1, said Scott Sheldon, a senior loan officer at Sonoma County Mortgages, in California, and a Credit.com contributor. “The weather is nice. People […]

  • Breakup

    3 Money Mistakes You Might Make After a Breakup

    Personal Finance 

    Breakups aren’t fun. One thing that can make a divorce even less enjoyable is dealing with the financial complications that often come along with it. Many couples don’t pay enough attention to the impact a divorce can have on personal finances. However, not taking care of the details can mean big trouble for your financial health for years to come. Here are three big money mistakes couples make after going through a divorce. 1. Forgetting to […]

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