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  • eBay Announces Massive Data Breach

    Data Security Blog 

    Earlier this morning, news began to trickle out that something happened at eBay. A press release has now confirmed it: There has been a massive data breach at the online auction and shopping giant. BGR.com may have been first to report it, advising readers to change passwords on their eBay accounts after an alert blogger noticed that Paypal, the payment service owned by eBay, had posted a headline “eBay Inc. To Ask All eBay Users […]

  • 4 Ways New Grads Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft

    Personal Finance 

    As new graduates climb down from the ivory tower (diploma in hand), many will be facing “real world” transactions for the first time, and they are at risk. Identity-related crimes, bad deals and credit score pitfalls pockmark the road ahead. And for those new grads who are thinking, “It can’t happen to me,” prepare to say “Hello” to reality. Data breaches and the identity theft cases that stem from them have become certainties in life, […]

  • 3 Student Loan Strategies that Won’t Get You Out of Debt

    Column student loans 

    Class of 2014, the time has come to find a job and start paying down your student loans. Like many young graduates, you probably don’t feel like embracing this particular change. If that’s the case, I’d like to suggest you at least consider shaking its hand. Commencement season is here, which means a torrent of speeches about risk-taking and being bold on life’s journey — with a laugh line here and there about the student […]

  • Privacy and security

    Data Security: Can Corporations Protect Us From Hackers?

    Column Data Security Blog 

    Gregg Steinhafel’s ouster at Target this week was a major C-Suite casualty in corporate America’s war on hackers. Sales took a major nosedive after the retailer’s big data security breach hit the news last December, with fourth-quarter profits down 46%. So what’s a CEO to do? First of all, if it seems a little overblown to blame Target’s poor performance of late solely on the breach, I’d tend to agree with you. There was the […]

  • Parents

    A Parent’s Guide to Stopping Child Identity Theft

    Column Blog Identity Theft 

    Mother’s Day and Father’s Day aren’t only boons to the greeting card business—for parents they provide a welcome break, a chance to sleep in and take it easy, and spend some quality time thinking about… child identity theft. Huh? OK, maybe you aren’t kicking back in your down-time and thinking about the finer points of child identity theft. But if you haven’t been paying much attention to the growing number of horror stories featuring starry-eyed […]

  • Could Your Mother’s Online Sharing Cost You Big Time?

    Column Blog Identity Theft 

    With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s quite natural to reflect upon the innumerable ways our mothers have made us the men and women we are today. But while lost in that reverie, consider this: In her love for you and your family, and her desire to share online your joys and accomplishments with friends and the world at large, could your mom be putting you in harm’s way? There are many ways our […]

  • Data Breaches: Why Assigning Blame Is a Zero-Sum Game

    Column Data Security Blog Personal Finance 

    Today’s data breaches are like a game of musical chairs: sooner or later, you’ll have to face the music. Last year was bad for data security: More than 800 million records containing sensitive consumer data were exposed. News of breaches keeps rolling in. Identity theft—which had been considered a crass scare tactic conjured up by creative marketing departments to sell solutions to a non-problem – has become the third certainty in life, alongside death and […]

  • The 4 Laziest Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

    Column Blog Personal Finance 

    There are people out there who expend a lot of energy in the quest for a totally meaningless perfect credit score, which I’ve written about elsewhere. Most people know it’s important to have good credit, but they don’t want to spend too much time worrying about it. The good news is that you can be pretty lazy and still improve your credit. The difference between having good credit (generally from 700-749) and bad credit (anything […]

  • Student Loans: Could Your Co-signer Kill Your Credit?

    student loans Blog 

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report by Rohit Chopra that highlighted an important issue in the student loan landscape. Student loans are going into default because a co-signer dies or files for bankruptcy, and it’s happening sometimes faster than borrowers can take action. Till death when you come apart? The CFPB reported receiving ongoing complaints from borrowers who find out upon the death of their co-signer (usually a parent or grandparent) that a […]

  • AOL: Hacked or Spoofed, It’s Time to Check Your Sent Folder

    Data Security Blog 

    The latest security alert online seems to be the work of a Walking Dead fan. Twitter is lighting up with users complaining that long-closed AOL accounts recently came back to life, with phishing emails spreading like a zombie epidemic. #AOLHacked is trending on Twitter as people are letting their followers know about the phishing emails, and venting their frustration. Hacked. Sorry. I didn't do it. #AOL #AOLHacked — Konii Thomas (@KoniiThomas) April 22, 2014 At […]

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