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  • The New American Dream: It’s Not What You Think

    Blog Personal Finance 

    A great number of Americans are redefining the American Dream. That was the takeaway from a recent Credit.com poll, which showed that nearly one in four people between the ages of 18 and 24 defined the American Dream as being debt-free. Shockingly, that’s more than those who dream of owning a home. The poll underscores something I have long suspected — there’s a great deal of nostalgia for a promise that increasingly and tragically looks […]

  • The Car Hacks That Could Cost You Big Time

    Blog Technology 

    With AAA predicting the biggest Labor Day travel weekend since the recession hit, many Americans will be stealing away for that final summer trip. Unfortunately, they won’t be the only ones stealing. There’s a new type of crime happening on America’s highways and byways. A nationwide crime spree in the making, if you will, whereby high-tech thieves can unlock vehicles easier than you’d like to think possible. We’re way beyond rocks, cobblestones, baseball bats, shims […]

  • The Secret to Beating a Car Dealership

    Blog Personal Finance 

    As the first snap of the football season approaches, baseball builds to the crescendo of the World Series and duck hunting season is less than as month away (at least in some parts of the country), another kind of contest begins in earnest. Wading their way through billions of dollars of ads and eagerly navigating through fields of auto-malls, consumers are on the hunt for the best deal on a 2013 model, oblivious to the […]

  • 9 Household Items That Could Be Spying on You

    Blog Privacy 

    For Americans concerned about their privacy, the NSA data grabs are daunting, but what about the data grabs happening inside your own home, perpetrated not by the government but by your coffee machine? Consider every appliance and every piece of home electronics that you own. Does it gather data about how you use it? Does it connect to the Internet? If so, it could be used to spy on you. Your mobile devices, your TV, […]

  • Children and data

    7 Huge Mistakes Back-to-School Shoppers Make

    Blog Personal Finance 

    If you have kids in school — K through 12 or college — you don’t need anyone to remind you that back-to-school season has arrived. Between those early-season sales and last-minute shopping, there’s plenty of potential for trouble in the realm of personal finance — all the more so if you’re buying school supplies or clothes on a tight or non-existent budget. After you survive this ritual, there is a veritable conga line of holidays […]

  • Smartphone Theft: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself From ‘A National Epidemic’

    Identity Theft Technology 

    Just by casually reading of the papers, you knew that smartphone theft was a problem. But who knew it was this bad? The number of stolen phones in New York City climbed 40% in one year It accounts for one of every two robberies in San Francisco. Nationwide stolen smart phones now account for 33% of all robberies. In fact, according to the National Consumers League, which has been “representing consumers and workers on marketplace […]

  • 5 Things You’re Doing That Could Make Your Life Hell

    Lifehacking Blog Personal Finance 

    Navigating your way through life is hard enough without those hopefully rare moments when you are stressed out or distracted and press the wrong button, take the wrong call, sign the wrong document, neglect to sign the right document or find another one of the countless ways we arrive at that “oops” moment that makes everything infinitely worse and has the potential to haunt you for years to come. (Just ask Carlos Danger.) Here are […]

  • Debt

    10 Really Dumb Things You Do With Credit Cards

    Financial Literacy Blog Personal Finance 

    Like it or not, we are a credit card culture. They seem to be everywhere. They are on TV, being promoted by the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Alec Baldwin and “Ogre” from Revenge of the Nerds. The imagery is pervasive, and some places ONLY take credit or debit cards. They are also, obviously, in our wallets. There are an estimated 1.5 billion credit cards in use in the United States and that can make them […]

  • 9 Things You Need to Do When Your Email Is Hacked

    Identity Theft 

    For many people, the first sign that their email has been hacked comes when a friend shoots them a text or an email saying, “Hey there. Uh… I think your email was hacked… unless you meant to send me that link to the Viagra store.” Or you might figure it out because you can no longer log in to your account, or your smartphone can’t retrieve your messages. Or maybe you can log in to […]

  • Is Your State Selling Your Medical History For Pennies?


    Unfortunately, the answer to the question in the headline is probably yes. More than half the states release some identifying information about your health records, making it more likely that your privacy can be exploited, according to a report that Bloomberg News ran a few weeks back. I’ll explain what’s going on in detail in a minute, even though I’m deeply embarrassed as a citizen that I even have to. When I first read the […]