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  • 14 Dangerous Emails That Could Be in Your Inbox

    Blog Identity Theft Technology 

    It’s ubiquitous — “Dialing-For-Dollars” version 3.0: a gateway to irresistible deals; an antidote to loneliness; a pathway to riches (either earned or not); a vehicle for helping those victimized by man-made or natural disasters; a clarion of sensational news; a conduit for memories; the bearer of less than glad tidings from our bank, our boss or our friends at the IRS; and, the cyber pony-express for a cry for help from a friend or relative […]

  • How to Prepare for Any Disaster

    Financial Literacy Retirement Lifehacking Blog Personal Finance Money 

    Disasters disrupt life in unimaginable ways, making those affected much more vulnerable to secondary disasters — the kind caused by criminals. I’ve been through a number of earthquakes and lost a home to Hurricane Sandy. I know how all-consuming the aftermath can be. Wildfires, tornadoes and other natural disasters seem to be happening more and more these days. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season will be “above normal […]

  • 11 Really Dumb Things You Do With Your Email

    Data Security Lifehacking Blog Technology 

    As political battle lines are drawn over the case of Edward Snowden and the NSA’s sophisticated program of electronic surveillance, it’s easy to forget our simplest and most common vulnerability to spying eyes: email. Just in the past few months, databases at LivingSocial and Evernote were hacked, exposing roughly 100 million email addresses to identity thieves. Facebook allegedly exposed 6 million users’ emails to unauthorized users, a “glitch” the company admitted was not detected for […]

  • The Top 3 Ways To Prepare For The Coming Cyber Crash

    Technology 

    Here is news that won’t stop the presses. We live in an age of hype. Every new product is THE NEXT BIG THING (even if it’s nothing more than a different flavor of energy drink). Stores advertise their greatest one day sales ever—once a month — and their going out of business sales (until their next “going out of business” sale). And, every hit movie or play is, of course, the best ever. So, I […]

  • The 10 Commandments of Summer Travel

    Lifehacking Blog 

    Summer travel often makes us think of the Divine. If the flight is bumpy, we pray to God for a safe return to earth. After a long day at Disneyland, those of us with young children may find ourselves asking the Lord to give us greater capacity to love and understand. If you’re planning to take a trip this summer, you need some commandments of your own to protect yourself and your family from identity […]

  • The Identity Theft Flu: 5 Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy

    Blog Identity Theft 

    Identity theft is a lot like the flu. You can do everything right — minimize your risk of exposure and so forth — but if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, then you’re toast. You can be standing next to the wrong person on a bus and get the flu, and when your data is sitting on the wrong database and the wrong person gains access, you become a victim of […]

  • Four Ways The Federal Government Is Needlessly Putting Your Identity At Risk

    Identity Theft 

    The headline is not hyperbolic (although I truly wish it were.) Every day two branches of the U.S. government—the executive and the legislative—are needlessly putting our identities and financial lives at risk. How? By mismanaging the way they handle our Social Security numbers. As you know, a Social Security number (SSN from here on out) is like a skeleton key able to unlock a kingdom of untold riches for identity thieves. It is the central […]

  • 5 Reasons You Can’t Ignore Your Credit

    Financial Literacy Blog Personal Finance 

    “Living debt free” is a nice slogan, and beyond that it’s something we should all aspire to. Unfortunately, some people couple this concept with living credit free. That is a far different story. For most people credit still represents something that happens to us, rather than something we can build, nurture, manage and protect like an investment portfolio. A lot of folks simply don’t like the idea of credit or the fact that banks and […]

  • As You (Or Your Kids) Look For That Perfect Place To Rent, Identity Thieves Are Looking At The Perfect Opportunity

    Identity Theft 

    It’s that time of the year again. People are (desperately, in some cases) searching for rentals. Some have just started looking for that perfect August retreat, since they didn’t get their act together in time to snag a place in June or July. University graduates are looking for an affordable place to rent as they leave the ivory tower for the office tower. Families who waited for their kids to finish up school before searching […]

  • 5 Money Talks to Have Before You Get Married

    Financial Literacy Blog Personal Finance 

    You finally found your soul mate — someone who is sympathetic, nurturing, loving and caring. You’re ready to tie the knot. But before you say, “I do,” can you honestly say, “We did?” No, I’m not talking about that. I am talking about the talk. Not the one about sex and family but rather the one about money and credit. Buzzkill? Reality testing? Yes. However, you both need to ask: What do your credit reports […]

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