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  • 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 […]

  • Responsible financial decision

    The 7 Biggest Threats to Your 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 […]

  • Home ownership

    5 Homebuying Rules You Shouldn’t Buy Into

    Personal Finance 

    Buying a home can be complicated, and it is likely the biggest financial decision you will face in your life. The housing market is changing all the time, and there are lots of antiquated sayings or supposed “rules” that you will hear about. If you are in the process of buying your first home, it’s important to know which sayings are helpful and which are just myths. Here are some common misconceptions about homebuying. 1. Buying […]

  • This Mother’s Day Should You Press Flowers or Fraud Charges?

    Personal Finance 

    Mother’s Day is a special time to celebrate all those kisses and hugs, the rides to the mall, the doctors’ appointments, the countless soccer-basketball-baseball games, a special note tucked into a pocket or care package sent to camp. But remember sometimes it’s what a person doesn’t do that matters, and some moms are just bad to the bone. More than 30% of identity theft cases involve a family member or close friend. The reason is […]

  • 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 […]