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  • Did You Make One of These 7 Back-to-School Shopping Mistakes?

    Column Blog 

    As kids across the country embark on that saddest of journeys back to school after a summer of fun, wondering where all the time went, many parents may be having a similar reaction to the frenzy of back-to-school shopping and where their money went. While getting a child equipped for school is never a cheap date, for families who have a limited budget (or no budget at all) this time of year can be stressful, […]

  • What Hackers Want More Than Your Credit Card Number

    Data Security Identity Theft 

    Account takeover fraud — which occurs when a cybercriminal gains unauthorized access to an online account — is growing rapidly, a new analysis by a major Canadian cybersecurity company shows. Vancouver, British Columbia-based NuData Security, which predicts and prevents online fraud, analyzed more than 15.7 million login interactions from May through June and identified 882,340 as high risk or potential account takeover attempts. “Account takeover is the new credit card fraud,” says Ryan Wilk, the […]

  • Debt

    7 Mistakes That Can Demolish Your Credit Score

    credit Personal Finance 

    It’s the irony of all ironies: Shortly after writing a story about the risk of paying a department store card late after the holidays, since it’s not in your usual list of bills to pay, I forgot to pay one of mine. To be fair, I did check online for my statement a couple of times, but it wasn’t ready yet. And somehow I missed the mail telling me when it was finally ready. Thankfully, […]

  • Privacy Is Dead: What You Still Can Do to Protect Yourself

    Column Blog 

    When it comes to cybersecurity, we are all in a state of emergency, but the real question is – is anybody listening? A recent poll commissioned by Intercede, a digital security company, asked more than 1,000 men and women between the ages of 16-35 (aka millennials) in the U.S. and over 1,000 in the UK if they believed current safeguards are effectively protecting their digital identities and personal identifying information from exposure. The resounding answer […]

  • Home ownership

    Are Adjustable-Rate Mortgages About to Become Way More Popular?

    Mortgages Personal Finance 

    With the Federal Reserve hinting it may soon begin to boost short-term interest rates, will borrowers turn to ARMs to keep enjoying the rock-bottom mortgage rates they’ve grown accustomed to? “Not in a big way,” said Ken Maes, an executive with Skyline Home Loans NW. “ARMs still have a negative perception.” Maes and other mortgage professionals said they don’t expect to see a surge in ARM applications anytime soon. He noted that while initial rates […]

  • How to Keep Seniors Safe From Internet Scams

    Consumer Protection Identity Theft 

    August is typically the month for back-to-school preparations. With many schools starting in mere weeks, families are busy shopping for supplies and enjoying the final days of summer vacation. Some are even readying their high school and college seniors for the last hurrah. But what about the other seniors in your life? Take a few minutes to think about how you can keep the senior citizens in your life safe from scams and fraud. There […]

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    Life After Ashley Madison: How to Operate in a World Without Secrets

    Data Security Technology 

    The other cufflink fell on the Ashley Madison hack Tuesday. According to Wired, 9.7 gigabytes of Ashley Madison data were dumped on the dark web, and the collection appears to “include account details and log-ins for some 32 million users.” Where we go from here is anyone’s guess. According to the Wired article, the hackers left a note with the quarry of ill-gotten files of marital listlessness: “Avid Life Media has failed to take down […]

  • How to Avoid Used Car Loan Gotchas

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    Used cars have always appealed to the budget-conscious shoppers because of their low prices, but there’s always been a drawback — used car loans. Until recently, bank loans for used cars were tricky to get, and were much more expensive than new car loans. But that’s changing. With car dealers successfully edging banks out of many new car loans, banks have turned their attention to the used car market. Today, more than half of used […]

  • How College Students Can Protect Themselves From Identity Theft

    Education Identity Theft 

    College students are prime targets for identity thieves. They are busy and distracted, and rarely are actively engaged in managing their credit. And they are usually required to fill out a flurry of paperwork as school begins that includes the most sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers. In additional to financial aid, enrollment forms or rental documents, many will encounter credit card applications for the first time, not to mention creation of various computer […]

  • The Socially Transmitted Disease That Has No Cure: Identity Theft

    Column Blog 

    Whether you are new to college, single and dating or newly divorced (because you panicked and confessed when news of the Ashley Madison hack hit the media), I’ll bet there is at least one socially transmitted disease you haven’t started worrying about: identity theft. If you use Facebook, you’re making easy work for identity thieves. The same goes for the whole cosmos of social media whether you favor Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, or […]

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