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Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (9/2/11)

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The weather on the East coast was a wake up call to many that we must protect not only our personal health, but protecting our financial health against the unknown is important too. This week we bring you advice from our favorite bloggers on precautions and repair for your financial house. We also threw in a couple of stories to keep you positive and motivated. As always, if you enjoy any of our favorite bloggers, we encourage you to follow them on Twitter for regular updates. And don’t forget to follow Credit.com at @CreditExperts.

Banks Waive Fees in States Hit by Irene
An act of good will by banks is a silver lining to a terrible storm. Chase and Wells Fargo have both suspended out-of-network ATM fees, and overdraft and early withdrawal fees to customers in areas hit hard by Hurricane Irene. @ABC

Credit Card APR’s Nearing Record Highs
Every credit card user loves to get cash back and rewards, but now we have to ask–at what cost? APR’s are a point away from hitting the highest on record and are primarily being raised on rewards cards with the most perks. It may be time to weigh what you get for what you pay and take advantage of low teaser rates. @Time

How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
While this is hardly a breaking news story, the threat of identity theft is on the rise and the in-depth advice from this article can help you protect yourself. Keeping vigilant by reducing risk, keeping an eye on your finances and thinking like a thief are steps that may be the difference between keeping your information safe and getting your life hijacked. @Smartmoney

Nine Steps to Take if Your Credit Card Data is Hacked
You’ve taken precautions and headed the advice of experts to protect yourself against identity theft, but now you’re suspicious that you’ve fallen victim to a credit card hack. This may very well be out of your control due to the hack of a retailer or any institution that has your information, so what can you do? Take these steps to mitigate your risk and correct disruption of your credit account and profile. If you’ve been a victim of a breach, act fast, as these steps are most effective the sooner they’re implemented.@Foxbusiness

5 Ways to Build Small Business Credit
We all know how important small business is to the economy and how important available credit is to the life of small business. With the general cutting back of credit in the past few years the tips included here could help get your small business the capital you may need to keep going. @TheStreet_News

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