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  • Responsible financial decision

    5 Ways to Save Cash During the 5 Days Before the Ball Drops

    Financial Literacy Blog Personal Finance 

    The day after Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people – obligatory gift returns, post-Christmas sales, pouring the last of the eggnog in your coffee, an end to holiday music in public spaces and on public airwaves. But it also means that 2014 is knocking on the door – as are those dreaded holiday shopping credit card bills. If your budget is feeling as stretched as your girth after […]

  • 5 Things to Do If You Shopped at Target During Their Data Breach

    Data Security Blog Identity Theft 

    If the news of the massive breach of Target customers’ credit and debit card numbers has you sweating bullets, you have a lot of company right now. Target admitted that hackers gained access to the names, credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates from the credit and debit cards that many, many people used to make purchases at their stores since Thanksgiving, and sources say they’ve got all that data for at least 40 […]

  • How the Grinch Steals Christmas: He Follows Your Kid on Instagram

    Data Security Blog Identity Theft Technology 

    In Dr. Seuss’ timeless tale, the Grinch had to wait until all of Whoville was asleep, tie his dog to a sled and slink down a few too-tight chimneys in order to steal Christmas from the Whos. In 2013, all a savvy criminal needs to do is follow your kids on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Foursquare, Google+ and/or Snapchat to figure out when the coast is clear. There have been enough publicized cases (and […]

  • Student loan

    Politicians, Ignore the Millennial Student Loan Crisis at Your Own Risk

    Government Blog Personal Finance Money 

    Though politicians fall all over themselves when it comes to voters in my age bracket and even older (that’s almost impossible to comprehend), a new survey by Harvard’s Institute of Politics shows a growing class of discontented, registered voters who agree that there is one major issue among them regardless of party affiliation: that class is millennials, and that issue is student loan debt. Despite being ignored by many politicians (unless it’s for a photo […]

  • In the New Economy, You Don’t Buy a Product: You Are the Product

    Blog Personal Finance Privacy 

    How much would you pay to secure your personal information from data farmers and marketers — and anyone that might be able to hack their servers? $100? $1,000? More? What if I told you that you gave it to them for $5 off your next $100 purchase? Because every time you gave your ZIP code to a store clerk last weekend for one of your Christmas gift purchases, that’s what you did. But the real […]

  • Should You Buy a Tablet for Your Kid?

    Blog Personal Finance Technology 

    There isn’t a holiday season that goes by that most parents aren’t treated to the seasonal joy of caroling neighbors and cajoling children. There’s always something your kids want that you don’t want to give them, whether because it’s too expensive, too mature or too hard to find. But this year, you should seriously consider giving him or her that pricey iPad (or tablet) that adorns many an underage wishlist this year — not for […]

  • What We Can Learn From the Healthcare.gov Debacle

    Government health care Blog 

    In a House committee hearing this week, several security experts agreed with committee Republicans that it would be better to shut down Healthcare.gov than continue piecemeal efforts to fix the as-yet unknown number of issues (including flaws that could expose users to identity theft). This is just the latest example of how the Obama Administration bungled the cornerstone of its legacy: providing millions of Americans access to affordable health insurance. While there are parts of […]

  • 4 Ways to Avoid Charity and Disaster Relief Scams

    Charity Blog Personal Finance 

    It is virtually impossible to see the devastation after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines or last weekend’s tornadoes in the Midwest, and not feel a tug on your heartstrings. After all, so many people were left with so little, and it could take so little from you or me to help them get food and clean water, shelter and even clothing to begin to replace what was lost. Charity scam artists use that near-universal empathy […]

  • Why the Adobe Hack Scares Me — And Why It Should Scare You

    Data Security Blog Technology 

    If you’re one of those folks who believed that “it will never happen to me,” when it comes to identity theft, the hack of Adobe’s internal database isn’t just bad news — it’s scary. It is increasingly inevitable that every business will suffer some kind of data breach — and that each of us will be a victim of identity theft, possibly as a result of one of those breaches. Suddenly, just being careful about […]

  • New Identity Theft Victims: The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders

    Identity Theft 

    In this day and age, the question is no longer whether or not your identity will be stolen – it’s when it will get stolen and how bad the damage will be. The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders found that out the hard way this year when — according to police reports — Christopher Jason Bahl and Gary Dean Crowther allegedly stole mail from the mailbox of a Cheerleaders staff member and discovered a check from the […]

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