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  • 5 Ways Your Email Address Can Be Used Against You

    Column Blog 

    Email addresses are like opinions—nearly everyone has one. It is the most public piece of personal information you have besides your name. But what you may not know about your email address could hurt you. Your email may not seem like personally identifiable information at first blush, and for good reason. It is a requirement of everyday life. Asked for a list of sensitive personal information, I feel pretty certain that most people wouldn’t think […]

  • A New Plan to Fight Child ID Theft: Automatically Freeze Kids’ Credit

    Identity Theft 

    Identity thieves often target children for many reasons: First, children haven’t had a chance to damage their credit yet, so the clean slate of a child’s blank credit history can be appealing to someone who may have trashed theirs. Additionally, because kids shouldn’t have a credit history yet, few parents or guardians are checking to see if credit has been fraudulently opened in the child’s name, which allows thieves to go about their business unnoticed. […]

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    5 Little ID Theft Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

    Identity Theft 

    While you secure your identity by password-protecting your accounts and only giving your information to organizations that need it, there are still ways that identity thieves can steal your personal data. Not only can you go long periods without noticing you’ve been a victim, criminals could ring up excess charges that could damage your credit for years. Although it’s easy to think that a billing company made a mistake, you should follow up on any late payment […]

  • 5 Identity Theft Facts That Will Terrify You

    Column Blog Identity Theft 

    Identity theft was the number one consumer complaint at the Federal Trade Commission last year. So far in 2015, the data breach problem that drives so many identity-related crimes has gotten worse. The massive compromises at Anthem and Premera alone put a combined 91 million records in harm’s way. With more information “out there” than we can possibly know, identity theft has become the third certainty in life, right behind death and taxes. And because […]

  • Do You Really Understand Your Mortgage APR?

    Personal Finance 

    Everyone wants to know they’re getting a fair and reasonable mortgage offer. The federal government supports the annual percentage rate disclosure (APR) as the benchmark barometer of loan cost when mortgage shoppers begin their quest to find a good deal on a home loan, which is why it’s so important to understand what goes into a mortgage APR and how you can harness this knowledge to find the best loan for you. Quick APR Tidbits The […]

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    The Three Laws of Cyber Fraud in Today’s Online World

    Data Security Technology 

    One of the most popular sessions at the RSA Conference was the Cryptographers’ Panel, during which some of the founding fathers of modern cryptography discussed trends in research and cybersecurity in general. This year the panel consisted of Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, Whit Diffie and Ed Georgio (former chief codemaker and chief codebreaker at NSA). During the session Shamir referred to his three laws of computer security, which he formulated many years ago: Absolutely secure systems do not exist. To halve your […]

  • Homeowners

    How Important Is Your Down Payment on a Home?

    Financial Literacy 

    When buying a home, most people take on a mortgage. There are many things to consider when taking on a mortgage loan, including interest rate, closing costs and the down payment. Once you calculate how much house you can realistically afford, you can start looking at properties and considering how you will afford the house. There are several ways to fund what will likely be the biggest purchase of your life. Before you start signing […]

  • Wetware: The Major Data Security Threat You’ve Never Heard Of

    Column Data Security Blog 

    For the first time, according to a recent study, criminal and state-sponsored hacks have surpassed human error as the leading cause of health care data breaches, and it could be costing the industry as much as $6 billion. With an average organization cost of $2.1 million per breach, the results of the study give rise to a question: How do you define human error? More than half of the respondents in the Ponemon Institute’s Fifth […]

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    Paying Off Debt? How to Avoid Burning Out

    Personal Finance 

    When you have a large amount of debt, it can feel like you will never be free of it. Even if you get yourself motivated to pay it off, it can be hard to stay motivated. While living on a tight budget can seem doable in the short term, to succeed long term, it’s important not to get burned out. Whether you are working to pay off student loan, mortgage or credit card debt, here […]

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    The 7 Biggest Threats to Your Retirement

    Retirement 

    Saving for retirement can be intimidating and confusing. This leads many people to avoid thinking about it altogether and just hiding their heads in the sand. However, the ostrich approach won’t make it any easier to reach retirement with a comfortable savings. In fact, avoidance is only one threat to your future financial security. Check out the following threats to your retirement account. 1. Not Starting Early Enough The most helpful advice about retirement saving is to […]

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