7 Scams That Just Won’t Die

Identity Theft

7 Scams That Just Won’t Die

7 Scams That Just Won’t Die

As much of a joke as those Nigerian-prince-email scams have become, people sadly fall for them. That “pay me now, you’ll get millions later” operation has been around for decades (the Boston Globe says it’s 200 years old) and has found ways to work from paper letters, emails and texts, and given that longevity, it’s probably… Read More

How I’m Repaying $60K in Credit Card Debt

Managing Debt

How I’m Repaying $60K in Credit Card Debt

How I’m Repaying $60K in Credit Card Debt

Yvette knows she didn’t just wake up one morning hopelessly in debt. She and her husband had good jobs — she is a hospital administrator and he is a property manager — and good incomes. The debt built slowly, over about seven years, and with a series of money decisions like, “we need to book… Read More

Could Apple Kill the Credit Card?

Personal Finance

Could Apple Kill the Credit Card?

Could Apple Kill the Credit Card?

Apple’s next iPhone will have mobile payment functionality, as a result of partnerships with Visa, MasterCard and American Express, Bloomberg reported Monday. The information comes from someone “familiar with the situation” and indicates the mobile payment function will be announced alongside the new hardware at an Apple event next week. Assuming the information is correct,… Read More

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

Identity Theft

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

A not-so funny thing happened to the Internet over Labor Day weekend. It was nearly trampled to death in a digital stampede for photographs of nude celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Rihanna and others. More than 100 celebrities “made” the list. How did the pictures wind up online? The… Read More

Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

Identity Theft

Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

Home Depot Inc. is investigating a potential credit card data theft incident, the store told security researcher Brian Krebs on Monday, according to a post on Krebs’ website. The theft is similar to the massive hack that hit Target stories last year, Krebs reported, and might include thousands of Home Depot locations. In a subsequent… Read More

When a Data Breach Is an Inside Job

Identity Theft

When a Data Breach Is an Inside Job

When a Data Breach Is an Inside Job

While companies can spend millions on their IT security systems to prevent cyberattacks and other common security risks, they may be fighting a losing battle if their worst enemy already has the password and unrestricted access to their systems. While breaches and other security events from external causes are difficult to detect, tracking insider attacks… Read More

What Do Your Credit Card Numbers Mean?

Credit Cards

What Do Your Credit Card Numbers Mean?

What Do Your Credit Card Numbers Mean?

Most Americans carry around some sort of credit or debit card, embossed with a 15- or 16-digit card number on the front. But what exactly do those numbers mean? Are they sequential, random or do they follow some other type of pattern? It turns out that there is meaning behind those numbers. Looking at the first… Read More

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