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  • Personal Loan

    6 Signs it May Be Time to Switch Banks

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    With the new year under way, many of us have been trying to break bad habits and instill new ones in our lives for 2015. Perhaps you’re looking to increase positive relationships and influences while eliminating negative ones. While you’re assessing these positive moves, it’s a good idea to include your bank. That’s right, this can be a good time to look at how your bank is treating you. Check out the following signs it may be […]

  • The Simple Email Trick that Identity Thieves Hate

    Column Blog Identity Theft 

    “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity,” Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed in The Facebook Effect. Easy for him to say. Facebook has made a mint on data integrity—your personal information yoked to likes and dislikes sold to the highest bidder. But here’s some bad news for Zuck: When it comes to navigating a world filled with identity thieves, it pays to lack data integrity. There are more than a billion […]

  • Children and data

    Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

    Privacy Technology 

    You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees that America’s schools are in need of serious reform. And it’s an obvious leap to think technology is the fast lane to improvement. “Ed-tech” is where some of America’s thorniest issues collide, however. Big Brother. Marketing to kids. Privacy. Boondoggles. Attention deficit disorder. Teacher accountability. As a result, ed-tech is where a lot of early tech ideas go to die. The Los Angeles Unified School District has […]

  • Debt Collection Scams On the Rise

    Data Security Identity Theft 

    Fake debt collection scams are on the rise, and now rank among the top complaints scammed consumers file around the country, the National Consumers League says. The consumer advocacy organization issued a special warning about the scams, which generally involve a cold call from a would-be criminal trying to intimidate the recipient into paying for an alleged debt. Some are from disreputable debt collectors, others are fake IRS tax bill scams. Callers often claim the potential […]

  • How to Find and Close Your Old Online Accounts

    Lifehacking Personal Finance 

    I remember my first online accounts. I just wish I could find them. When I was a teenager, there was some blogging or profile site most people in my school had, and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Friendster, MySpace, Xanga or LiveJournal — I really have no idea). I do remember my page having a black background and lime green text, and there was […]

  • How Banks Want to Change Mobile Privacy Laws

    Column Banking Blog 

    According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it’s illegal to robocall a mobile phone number without permission. The American Bankers Association wants to change that, arguing that robocalls will help fight identity theft and other kinds of fraud. Opponents say that’s an overreach, one that will erode an important consumer protection. “Gee, I can’t talk right now. Why don’t you give me your home number and I’ll call you later.” That’s how Jerry Seinfeld memorably […]

  • Credit vs Debit

    What Happens If I Swipe My Debit Card as ‘Credit’?

    Consumer Protection Personal Finance 

    It’s a question we’ve all heard when shopping: “Credit or debit?” It seems straightforward, just the cashier asking you what type of payment card you’re using, but there’s actually a lot more history to that question than you might think. Debit and credit transactions are processed differently: Here’s how MasterCard explained it in an emailed statement to Credit.com: When you use a debit card and your PIN (personal identification number), the transaction is completed in […]

  • Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

    Column Data Security Blog 

    “If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected,” President Obama proclaimed at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday. In wide-ranging remarks, the president expressed what should be a self-evident truth, but is not yet a reality in the new digital age: “As Americans, we shouldn’t have to forfeit our basic privacy when we go online to do our business.” He is dead right. But having spent the past decade focusing on […]

  • social media hack

    It’s Tax Season. Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?

    Column Data Security Blog 

    During the holiday season a missed or stolen package can be aggravating, which is doubtless why you eagerly watched for deliveries all December, calling the nanosecond you suspected a problem. Unfortunately, many employers don’t send tracking numbers when the packet of vital documents marked “Important Tax Information Enclosed” hits the mail destined for your home address. We receive some of the most sensitive, potentially damaging mail deliveries of the year during these post-holiday months, and […]

  • How the Sony Hack Is Changing the Way I Work

    Technology 

      If the past two years have revealed anything, it’s that every conceivable mode of communication comes with its share of serious privacy and security issues. Email can be hijacked, mail servers can be breached and malware can turn your smartphone into a peepshow. Wikileaks revealed that even our phone conversations are at risk. That said, don’t panic! It’s highly unlikely anyone is listening to your phone calls. (OK, it’s possible, but you’d have to […]

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