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  • The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch


    Here’s a scary scenario. You’re innocently surfing the Web, maybe on an unfamiliar site, not paying close attention. Suddenly your computer screen fills with illegal pornographic images of minors. You try to navigate away, but a warning screen branded by the National Security Administration’s Internet Surveillance Program pops up with the message: “Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution.” You are then offered a sort of Hobson’s choice: […]

  • 7 Credit Mistakes That Could Wreck Your Retirement

    Financial Literacy Retirement Blog Personal Finance 

    Yes, just like clockwork it happened again this year: I got older. As of this week, the Beatles song, “When I’m Sixty-Four,” went from being a hypothetical to a reality for me. This means that next year, I will officially become a senior citizen. It’s a jarring prospect. Like most baby boomers, I don’t feel especially old. We’re the cool ones, the generation that brought America rock ‘n’ roll, yoga, and the belief that we […]

  • 7 Steps to Deal With HR Looking at Your Credit Report

    Blog Personal Finance Privacy Money 

    Employers don’t like surprises. They want to know everything there is to know about you, which is why you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that many look at prospective employees’ credit reports as part of their application process. One 2010 study from the Society of Human Resource Management estimates that 60 percent of companies checked some (or all) job applicants’ credit reports. This is a practice that many people understandably find objectionable – some find […]

  • Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

    Government health care Blog 

    It’s the biggest change in health care in nearly half a century, and perhaps unsurprisingly it’s already become a tool for scammers. Though open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) doesn’t begin until Oct. 1, scam artists – masquerading as government representatives — have tricked a number of consumers into coughing up personal information over the phone. That’s just the opening shot. Once millions of consumers begin providing unprecedented amounts of personal data […]

  • 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 […]