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  • mortgage

    Looking to Get a Mortgage in 2017? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Mortgages 

    The mortgage industry has gone through some changes in the last three months. If you are looking to finance a home in 2017, it is important that you know what the opportunities are and how to capitalize on them. Over the next 12 months, here are some things to keep in mind as you consider your financing. Interest rates have spiked and are now sitting at over 4% on the widely popular 30-year fixed-rate mortgages. This […]

  • Privacy Tips While Using Mobile Devices on the Go #2

    Data Security Blog 

    Your mobile devices – including smartphones, laptops and tablets ‒ are always within reach everywhere you go, whether for work, travel or entertainment. These devices make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also expose a lot of info about you and your friends and family, like your contacts, photos, videos, location and health and financial data to the bad guys.  It’s important to stay cyber safe when using your […]

  • Credit Card

    Look to EMV chip cards for recent rise in digital credit, debit fraud attempts

    Personal Finance Money 

    Those fraud-fighting, chip-enabled credit cards seem to be everywhere now and—credit card fraud activity is up dramatically. That might actually be a good thing, however. Retail fraud attempts rose 31 percent during the holiday shopping season, compared to last year, according to fraud-fighting firm ACI Worldwide. The firm says 1 out of every 97 transactions was a fraudulent attempt during December. Related infographic: Fraudsters adjust to new EMV chip cards. “Over the 2016 holiday shopping […]

  • Privacy Tips While Using Mobile Devices on the Go

    Data Security 

    Your mobile devices – including smartphones, laptops and tablets ‒ are always within reach everywhere you go, whether for work, travel or entertainment. These devices make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also expose a lot of info about you and your friends and family, like your contacts, photos, videos, location and health and financial data to the bad guys.  It’s important to stay cyber safe when using your […]

  • Donald Trump

    How to Prepare Your Money for a Trump Presidency

    Personal Finance 

    After a volatile election, President-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Consumers are divided over what this means for their finances — some are eager to bet big on American stocks, while others are considering hiding their cash under a mattress. To help you prepare for the changes ahead, we spoke with a handful of financial experts who shared their thoughts on investing with caution. ‘Dysfunctional Politics Aren’t New’  “We tend to […]

  • Cyber Security

    How Secure Will Cybersecurity Be Under Trump?

    Government Cybersecurity 

    I have to admit that when President-elect Trump uttered “the cyber” during the first presidential debate, I was right there with the tech community in the collective eye-rolling that followed. “The Cyber” memes were born, along with real concern about the candidate’s grasp on cyber security, and with the recent announcement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the cyber czar, those concerns multiplied. The seeming “misunderestimation,” or possibly anti-comprehension, regarding something so […]

  • Ransomware

    5 Sure Signs Ransomware Attacks Are Intensifying

    Personal Finance 

    Ransomware continues to pose a potent threat to individuals and, increasingly, to companies. What’s worse, all signs point to ransomware attacks escalating the rest of this year and into 2017. How bad is it? Arctic Wolf Networks has measured a 433 percent spike in ransomware attacks over the past year, and the FBI says victims paid up $209 million in the first quarter of 2016, up from $24 million in all of 2015. And that […]

  • How Your Netflix Obsession Could Get You Scammed

    Technology 

    A new scam targeting Netflix users is being reported by a cyber-security company that says the scammers are trying to get credit card and other personal information. FireEye Labs first reported the phishing scam earlier this week, saying customers should be wary of any emails asking them to update their Netflix member information. Netflix had not posted any guidance for customers on its blogs nor released an official statement at the time of this writing, but […]

  • ATM Hack

    At new eATMs, customers can get cash without a card—and so can hackers

    Cybersecurity Technology 

    More troubling evidence that banks and retailers push convenience on consumers to boost profits—while knowingly making it easier for criminals to steal—arose this week. Case in point: the terribly bungled rollout of newfangled “eATM” cash machines by Chase. Last year, you may recall, Chase promised to upgrade all its ATMs to this fun new technology. The so-called eATMs use smartphones instead of debit cards to authenticate users. Smartphones, indeed, are a very reliable way to […]

  • Privacy

    Could What Your Amazon Alexa Overhears Be Used Against You?

    Privacy 

    Have you seen the Geico ad with the talking parrot? A 19th-century ship is boarded, the captain surrounded by pirates. The leader shouts, “Let’s feed him to the sharks,” (pirate cheers and swords held high) “and take all his gold” (more cheers). The parrot repeats these lines, and adds, “and hide it from the crew. They’re all morons anyway.” The voiceover at the end of the Geico ad explains, “If you’re a parrot, you repeat […]

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