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    4 Tips for Getting Approved for a Personal Loan

    Personal Finance Money 

    If you have high-interest credit card debt or outstanding bills, you may be considering taking out a personal loan. A personal loan typically does not require any collateral upfront, meaning the lender doesn’t have any guarantee, and so often charges a higher interest rate than an auto loan or a mortgage. Check out the tips below about how to get a personal loan to maximize the chances you’ll be approved. 1. Decide on a Loan Type […]

  • New Report Argues Everyone Should Consider a Credit Freeze

    Consumer Protection credit Identity Theft 

    Given how often data breaches happen, it’s likely your personal information will be exposed, sold or abused, if it hasn’t yet been already. Identity theft takes many forms and can be difficult to prevent, but a new report suggests consumers should freeze their credit files as the “best protection against someone opening new credit accounts in your name.” What are the pros and cons to that strategy? How a Credit Freeze Could Help Here’s how […]

  • Identity Theft: A Real-World Version of ‘The Walking Dead’

    Column Blog 

    In the post-apocalyptic world of “The Walking Dead,” it’s a foregone conclusion that zombies happen, and they aren’t picky. One real-world parallel of finding yourself surrounded by hungry zombies is the plague of identity theft. With more than 1 billion records “out there,” it’s just a matter of time before you get got. When it comes to identity theft, people have many questions and few answers. Should I shred sensitive documents? (Yes.) Is it worse […]

  • Scam Alert

    How to Tell the Difference Between a Pyramid Scheme & a Legit Business

    Consumer Protection 

    Nearly one-third of U.S. workers describe themselves as “free agents,” and talk of the “gig economy” has grown so loud that it’s an issue in the presidential campaign. As more people look online for work that supplements —or replaces — their old-fashioned paycheck and helps pay down debts, it seems time for a reminder about popular work-at-home programs that might not be what they seem. When you’re looking for a “gig,” you want to know […]

  • Credit Cards

    3 Things You Should Absolutely Never Do With a Credit Card

    credit Personal Finance 

    There are two kinds of credit card advice. What you will most commonly hear are smart recommendations for how to use your credit card. These tips typically include ways to minimize your debt and maximize your rewards while avoiding fees. And while these can be valuable suggestions, some people ignore them and continue to use their credit cards, however imperfectly. But there is another type of advice that goes beyond mere suggestions and is more like a large, flashing […]

  • The CIA Director Got Hacked Because of Data Breach Fatigue

    Column Blog 

    “He’s supposed to be so high in the government. Head of CIA. He should be more clever.” Those are the words of an alleged hacker from a self-styled “operation” called CWA—Crackas With Attitudes—in conversation with CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall. The alleged hackers accessed sensitive information stashed in the private email accounts of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and CIA Director John Brennan. As it stands now, the FBI and the Secret Service are looking into claims […]

  • Debt

    How to Get on the Same Financial Page With Your Spouse

    Personal Finance 

    When you say “I do,” many wedding vows have you agreeing to a lifetime of better or worse, in sickness and health for richer or poorer. The richer or poorer section of vows may seem silly to two (mostly) financially stable individuals tying the knot. But money can be a point of contention for many marriages. It’s important to take the time to discuss goals and strategies with your partner before the wedding day and then […]

  • 4 Steps for Getting the Best Financial Aid

    student loans 

    We have all heard it in the news. Most of us have even heard it from our friends and family: Student loan debt is taking a serious toll on those who choose to pursue higher education. In order to curb some of these intimidating costs, it’s a good idea to make sure that you or your child applies to receive financial aid. You may think you know how to fill out the necessary forms and get […]

  • Physician Heal Thyself: Are Your Medical Records Safe?

    Column Blog 

    According to an article in Tech Times, healthcare providers in the U.S. may lose $305 billion in the next five years due to cyberattacks. One way those attacks keep happening: BYOD, or bring your device to work. One definition of insanity, according to Einstein (and my chief content officer Michael Schreiber), is to do the same thing, over and over, expecting a different result. Well, when it comes to cybersecurity, the precautions one can take […]

  • The Defense Question We Should Continue Debating: Cybersecurity

    Column Blog 

    It doesn’t matter if they are state-sponsored or live in their parents’ basement. Hackers thrive in the shadows of our culture. Leaders hesitate to declare supremacy over them lest they get taught a very public lesson in humility. But, if a superpower uses those hackers to access a foreign government’s information, and that’s not an act of war, what next? Jim Webb, a heavily decorated war veteran, tried to get his fellow presidential hopefuls to […]