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  • How Tim Cook Is Securing Steve Jobs’s Legacy with Encryption

    Column Data Security Blog 

    Steve Jobs understood what people want. His insistence on making hard things easier — for instance, using a personal computer — was an essential part of the Apple success story. Apple CEO Tim Cook has been doing the same thing — but now the “hard thing” is privacy and encryption. Apple has consistently earned top marks for its privacy and data security policies. That said, since the San Bernardino shooting, which left 14 dead and […]

  • Debt

    5 Sad Facts About Americans’ Savings

    Personal Finance 

    Spend less than you earn. It’s not a complicated concept, but in reality, saving is anything but simple. Americans have struggled for years to save adequately for emergencies, retirement and major life events, and that’s still the case, according to a new survey. The Consumer Federation of America and the American Savings Education Council coordinated the survey as a part of America Saves Week, which encourages people to make automatic contributions to their savings. This […]

  • Money

    How to Use Your Extra Day of Income This Leap Year

    Personal Finance Money 

    If you’re an hourly worker, February could potentially give you an extra day of earnings this year, thanks to Leap Year. That means, for example, if you make $12 an hour, you’ll have almost an extra $100 before taxes that you can use to shore up your personal finances. It might not be a huge amount, but it could get you on the road to reaching your financial goals. Here are five ways you can use […]

  • Scam Alert

    Tax Email Scams Are Up 400%

    Identity Theft Technology 

    Filers beware: There’s a good chance there’s a tax scam email in your inbox. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there’s been an approximate 400% surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season. In other words, plenty of thieves are currently sending out texts and emails under the guise of the IRS or other tax industry players this year. These messages are an attempt to steal personal information or data related to your tax refunds, filing status, transcripts […]

  • Why Hillary Clinton’s Emails Matter This Year

    Column Data Security Blog 

    There is no shortage of punditry about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s homebrew server, and the resulting fallout, aka “Emailgate.” Whether you read the commentary dedicated to killing her candidacy, or calmer voices focused on the bigger picture of national cybersecurity, Secretary Clinton gets failing marks — and rightly so. Unlike some of Secretary Clinton’s critics, I don’t believe that the email controversy is, first and foremost, proof of some deep character flaw that […]

  • Identity theft

    5 Ways Identity Theft Totally Screws Up Your Life

    Identity Theft 

    Identity theft is on the rise in the United States — at least reports of identity theft are way up — and oftentimes, people don’t realize they’re victims until a thief has already made a mess of things. Some of those messes are more challenging to clean up than others. It sometimes takes years to repair the damage done by identity thieves, and unfortunately, it’s very difficult to prevent it from happening in the first […]

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    Worried About Another Recession? Here’s Something You Can Control

    Personal Finance 

    Some analysts and economists are worried there might be an economic contraction or recession in the very near future. Stock markets are falling, oil prices are falling and other (slightly more advanced) indicators are making Americans worried about just how healthy the economy is. Some Americans may need to look for another job or open up their coffers (and potentially lines of credit or credit cards) as they pinch pennies. That’s when a good credit scoremay come […]

  • Debt

    How Many Americans Have Bad Credit?

    credit Personal Finance 

    Only a small sliver of people have absolutely terrible credit scores, but plain-old bad credit? That’s a lot more common. Nearly a third of Americans have a credit score lower than 601 — the distinction between bad and fair credit — according to credit bureau Experian. These figures come from a breakdown of Experian’s 2015 VantageScore 3.0 data. It’s the newest VantageScore model, which uses a scale of 300 to 850, and even though it scores 30 […]

  • 8 Travel Tips for a Scam-free Vacation

    Personal Finance 

    Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year, which means spring is right around the corner. For the winter weary, however, summer is still too far away and the lure of blue-green seascapes under sunny skies is strong. If you’ve decided to take the plunge, remember: Your vacation is supposed to be a time to unwind. Unfortunately, there are thieves who make a living off your relaxation—waiting for your guard to be down. That’s why […]

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Cybersecurity

    Data Security Privacy Technology 

    In the 2016 presidential race, Cybersecurity has clearly taken a backseat to issues like terrorism, healthcare, and campaign finance. In a 12-month period that has seen the biggest government hack ever (the OPM data breach), a 47 percent increase in identity theft, and a proposed $19 billion security cybersecurity initiative, it’s crucial to know where the candidates stand on issues of security, privacy, and technology. Check out the infographic below to see where the candidates stand: […]

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