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    How to Keep Your Baby From Ruining Your Credit

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    They look so innocent (and they are) when they’re sleeping. But if you’re a new parent, you’d probably see that you look exhausted (if you actually had the time and energy to check a mirror). You’re totally absorbed in trying to take care of this tiny person, and you’re far too tired to do your best thinking. Which is why a little one can make a big mess of your credit. Sleep deprivation (yours and theirs) […]

  • Are We One Step Closer to Your Facebook Friends Impacting Your Credit?

    credit Technology 

    The U.S. patent office granted Facebook an updated patent on technology that would allow lenders to evaluate loan applicants based on their social network connections, reports VentureBeat. The technology tracks how closely (or not) people are connected. The technology is employed to minimize spam (people sending messages to those with whom they have no relationship) or prevent people from showing up in strangers’ search results, according to the “summary of invention” section of the patent. […]

  • The Most Dangerous Identity Theft Threat

    Column Blog 

    Last weekend, TheUpshot published the most dangerous identity theft threat: the non-expert’s tendency to underestimate the magnitude of problem. The piece in question argued that the consequences of most identity theft have been exaggerated (by identity theft experts like me), and that, “only a tiny number of people exposed by leaks end up paying any costs.” The main source for TheUpshot’s argument seems to be the 2015 Identity Fraud Report (covering data from 2014) published […]

  • Could I Inherit My Loved One’s Debt?

    Personal Finance 

    Losing a loved one is never easy, and it’s only made harder when you’re left wondering how to deal with the debt they left behind. Studies show that more people are entering retirement with debt, increasing the likelihood that they’ll be leaving some of it behind when they pass away. But will you, as their spouse or next-of-kin, be held responsible for their debt? Well…it depends. What Happens to Debt After Death When your loved one […]

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    Families Spent $3K More on College This Year

    student loans Personal Finance 

    For the past four academic years, families tried to reduce the amount of money they paid for college, even as tuition prices steadily grew. For the first time since the 2009-2010 school year, families of undergraduate students spent more than $24,000 on average for a year of college, according to the “How America Pays for College” report from education finance company Sallie Mae. The $24,164 spent by an average family for the 2014-2015 term was […]

  • 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 […]

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