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  • Thinking About Taking Out a Loan? Read This First

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    The prospect of taking on debt can be nerve-racking, but borrowing money can also help you make life-changing purchases. From funding your higher education to buying a home to meeting other financial needs, most people borrow money eventually. It’s a good idea to remember that it is always a financial risk when you borrow money, so it is important to do your research before making this kind of financial commitment. If you aren’t sure you […]

  • Does Your Airline Really Understand Data Security?

    Column Blog 

    A friendly reminder to organizations in regular communication with the public: You never know who John Q. Public is; for example, it could be me—Adam K. Levin. (Not to be confused with the singer of the almost same name—Adam Levine.) But there are a bunch of Adam Levins, which is why my middle name (Kenneth) and initial (K) actually matter. Here’s the short version of my recent saga with American Airlines. The name on my […]

  • 6 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Companies Looking to Protect Their Data

    Data Security Blog Technology 

    In my forthcoming book, Swiped, partially excerpted below, I examine some of the enterprise level, cybersecurity best practices. These are the questions organizations need to ask themselves if they want to protect the data they are sitting on. Some of the considerations: Does the organization use a standards-based security architecture that is integrated into all technology processes? In plain language, sending personal information via attachment on an email is a “technology process.” This would include […]

  • Your Right to Sue Your Bank May Be Getting Stronger

    Banking Consumer Protection 

    The fine print may be small, but it’s about to be the subject of a very large fight that will impact virtually every American consumer. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday it will propose a ban on arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from participating in class-action lawsuits, a move likely to generate the consumer watchdog’s biggest fight to date. Corporations with an eye towards streamlining disputes with customers have for years included mandatory arbitration […]

  • Home ownership

    The Key to a Smooth Mortgage Process? Paperwork

    Personal Finance 

    So you are ready to apply for a mortgage or refinance your current mortgage to terms better suited for you? You may be focusing on your home or researching the details of the arrangement, which is great, but you might want to get down to work on paperwork. You will always need to prove your ability to pay when taking out such a large loan. It’s a good idea to be prepared for some serious […]

  • How to Master Your Credit Score without a Trial By Fire

    Column Blog Personal Finance 

    I was visiting a house of worship last Sunday – no, I didn’t have to wear a name tag – and while listening to Pastor Ryan (who coincidentally is also a lawyer) talk about the ways in which one can gain wisdom, the life lesson he discussed has applications far beyond the realm of morality or matters more spiritual. In particular, I was struck by a three-part prescription at the center of his sermon that […]

  • Credit Cards

    How Much Credit Card Debt Will You Have? Your Hometown May Be a Big Factor

    credit 

    No one wants to find themselves buried under a bunch of credit card debt, but some of us are more prone to rack up debt than others, and it may be because of where we grew up. New research on credit card debt among college students indicates a person’s hometown has a greater impact on that person’s level of debt than his or her family or financial education. Researchers at the University of Kansas concluded […]

  • 11 Financial Behaviors You Don’t Want Your Kids to Learn From You

    Personal Finance 

    This article originally appeared on Credit.com and was written by Jeff Rose.  There’s nothing I would love better than to sit down and tell my three boys all the right things do about money. Unfortunately, just as is the case with every other lesson we provide, kids learn more from what we do than what we say. My boys are no exception to this. If our words say one thing, but our behavior goes in […]

  • Scam Alert

    Millennials Are Most at Risk for Job Scams

    Consumer Protection Identity Theft 

    Roughly one in six American job seekers have fallen for a scam when searching for work online, but victims are much more likely to be among the youngest Americans in the U.S. workforce, according to a recent survey. Considering that young people are generally seen to be more Internet-savvy than older people, it’s interesting that they’re more susceptible to scams, but millennials have a certain quality that might make them more likely to take the bait: […]

  • How to Keep Scammers From Pulling an Identity Theft Double Whammy

    Column Blog 

    When it comes to data security and the real-life impact of identity theft, public awareness is at an all-time high. But there is still great confusion and ignorance about what it is, how it happens, and what can be done to avoid the pitfalls of life after a data breach or personal compromise. Most of us still feel flummoxed—and perhaps a bit panicked—when we get a phone call, an email or a letter saying our […]

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