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  • Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid Scam

    Column Blog 

    As July melts into August, many college-age students are once again turning their thoughts (if they haven’t done so already) to that beast of complexity, the FAFSA form – which students must fill out if they want to receive financial aid. While there are many reputable companies that help prepare FAFSA forms, there are a number of parasites out there as well. Filling out the FAFSA is about as much fun as Thanksgiving dinner table […]

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    Ashley Madison Breach Marks the Rise of ‘Data Kidnapping’

    Data Security Identity Theft 

    Some secrets are more valuable than others. And some secrets are more valuable TO others. In perhaps the most predictable extortion hack ever, cheating website Ashley Madison has confirmed to Brian Krebs that some of its data has been stolen. It now appears that tens of millions of people are at risk of being exposed. As you’ve already deduced, Ashley Madison users are not really all that worried about having the credit card numbers stolen and used for […]

  • 10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

    Humor Technology 

    The hackers who broke into AshleyMadison.com, a meeting place for people seeking extra-marital affairs, recently made good on their threat, exposing their first hostage-victim, a Massachusetts man. There are 37 million more quivering masses of flesh where he came from, and the people behind the compromise have vowed to release all of their customer information — including sexual fantasies — unless Avid Life Entertainment kills Ashley Madison and Established Men (a site where women can […]

  • 9 Summer Scams and How You Can Avoid Them

    Column Blog 

    Summer is a time for sun, fun, exploration and relaxation. Unfortunately, as we unwind there are those who gear up to take advantage of our moments of diversion and distraction. Scammers love summer, too. Here are a few summer scams that can turn a much-needed break from work into a break-the-bank moment or make for a truly unhappy holiday, and some simple tips to avoid getting got. 1. The Front Desk Scam You arrive late […]

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    5 Common Credit Score Killers

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    Having a good credit score can help you save a lot of money over your lifetime, but many people find themselves with scores lower than they’d like because they don’t know how much everyday things can hurt their scores. Of course, once you know what those things are, you’re better equipped to improve your credit. Here are five common things that can hurt your credit: 1. High Credit Card Balances One of the most influential factors […]

  • 3 Money Mistakes Newlyweds Make

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    Being a newlywed is awesome. I reflect on that season of my life as one filled with joy and anticipation. Sure, that first year of marriage was full of challenges, enormous adjustments and unexpected changes, but on the whole it was great. We found such relief in finally being marriedand out of engagement. Engagement is a funny time. You often take on new priorities and responsibilities you’ve never had before (like part-time event planner) and […]

  • The Federal Government Needs a Cybersecurity Marathon, Not a Sprint

    Column Blog 

    You may not have heard of Tony Scott, but that may change next week. Over the past 16 years, he served as the chief information officer (CIO) for both Microsoft and Walt Disney, and from 1999-2005 he was the chief technology officer of information systems and services at General Motors Corporation. He was recruited to become the CIO of the U.S. back in February to stop our nation’s cyber-bleeding, specifically at federal agencies like the […]

  • Are Student Loans Causing College Tuitions to Skyrocket?

    Personal Finance 

    Do student loans help students or colleges? A new paper published by the New York Federal Reserve makes a clear, and depressing assertion: Federal student loans and grants are often simply gobbled up by schools through tuition inflation, leaving the students no better off. More dollars chasing the fewer goods cause prices to rise. That’s both a standard economics principle and an often obvious, but punishing reality. During the housing bubble years, the more banks […]

  • 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Hide From Your Debt

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    Debt may have become so ingrained in your life that it seems natural. Maybe your plans to pay off debt have failed and you’ve even begun to ignore it. Maybe it’s because your debt is so long term (like a 30-year mortgage), it feels like you will never be without it. It’s important, though, to stay motivated to push forward in the repayment process. This is true not only because you have a moral and […]

  • Open Letter on the OPM Breach

    Personal Finance 

    “It’s really frustrating to think that my family might suffer from my information having been stolen.” Those are the words of David Thul, who served 22 years with the Minnesota National Guard, was deployed to Kosovo in 2003 and again to Iraq from 2005 to 2007. “My country didn’t have my back,” Thul told Credit.com’s Christine DiGangi. The latest numbers on the OPM breach are in: 19.7 million security clearance applicants 2 million family and […]

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