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  • money

    5 Unconventional Ways to Get a Loan

    Personal Finance 

    Whether you’ve been rejected for credit in the past or you are just interested in alternative loan methods, it’s nice to know that there are options out there aside from dealing with big banks. Getting rejected is never fun, and if you have bad credit, you know this all too well. Maybe you are starting or growing a business, need a loan to get out of a tight financial situation or think you have a surefire […]

  • Credit Card

    Can You Get Chip and PIN Credit Cards in America?

    Personal Finance 

    If you have a credit card, chances are you’ve received a replacement card at least once in the past year or so. Perhaps it expired, or maybe your card information was stolen in a data breach and the issuer had to change it. Meanwhile, some credit card users have started to get cards with a shiny piece of metal embedded in the plastic. This is the start of the credit card revolution you’ve been hearing […]

  • Identity

    Will the New Consumer Privacy Bill Protect You?

    Government Consumer Protection Identity Theft 

    Legislation that would establish new nationwide privacy protections for American consumers was introduced by a group of high-profile Democratic senators on Thursday, including Pat Leahy (Vermont) and Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts). The Consumer Privacy Protection Act would establish federal standards for notification of consumers when their data is lost or stolen, greatly expand the definition of private information beyond financial data, and allow existing state privacy laws to remain in force. Geolocation data and images would be […]

  • Can Smart Cities Stop Hackers?

    Column Blog 

    A monster storm is on a collision course with New York City and an evacuation is under way. The streets are clogged, and then it happens. Every traffic light turns red. Within minutes, the world’s largest polished diamond, the Cullinan I, on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the collection of the British Crown Jewels, is whisked away by helicopter. While this may sound like the elevator pitch for an action film, the […]

  • 44K Cars Were Stolen Last Year Because People Left Keys in Them

    Personal Finance 

    Having your car stolen would be a terrible thing to experience, but apparently thousands of Americans aren’t thinking about that because they leave their keys in their vehicles — and then the cars get stolen. Sure, it may seem like a no-brainer to not leave your keys in an unattended vehicle, but people are increasingly making this mistake, according to an analysis from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. From 2012 through 2014, 126,603 vehicles were stolen […]

  • Is a Password Problem Making Credit Card Terminals Hackable?

    Identity Theft 

    You know how sometimes you sign up for something and you get a default password so you can access that new account? Apparently, that sort of system came under fire recently at a major cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. At RSA Conference 2015 USA, which ran April 20-24, researchers said that a major payment terminal vendor has been shipping systems with the same default password for more than 20 years, according to a report from […]

  • Mistake

    How Often Should I Check My Credit?

    credit 

    If you’ve ever taken care of a sick child, you’ve probably checked their temperature much more often than you would ordinarily — and you may be using an actual thermometer instead of gently touching a forehead or neck to get a rough idea of whether there’s a fever. But what do you do when the patient is your credit? It’s not as if you can check your credit a few hours after administering the “medicine” to […]

  • The Social Security Number is Dead. Long Live the Social Security Number?

    Column Blog 

    I am a senior citizen. While this distinction entitles me to a variety of perks like discounted movies and bus fare – as well as the occasional free doughnut (seriously) — it’s also a ticket to the identity theft lottery. Turning 50 gets you an invitation to AARP and turning 65 gets you a Medicare card. What’s this have to do with identity theft? Take a close look at a Medicare card. The identification number? […]

  • Cloud-based backups can leave taxes, other private data exposed

    Financial Literacy Data Security 

    It’s great that more folks are backing up their files using cloud-based services like Dropbox. While hackers and virus writers get all the headlines, I think hardware failure is really the biggest risk most consumers face. Cloud services have become such a part of the way we live, however, that we’ve gotten a little too casual about it.  That’s how tax returns end up lying around in public places for all to see. You’ve set […]

  • Empty pocket

    7 Things You Need to Know About the Statutes of Limitation for Debt

    Financial Literacy 

    If you have old unpaid debts, it can be helpful to know the statute of limitation that applies to those debts. If the statute of limitation (SOL) has expired, a debt is said to be “time-barred,” and a creditor or debt collector is not supposed to sue you to collect. Here are the seven most common questions we’ve received from readers about this topic. 1. How long is the statute of limitation for my debt? The […]

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