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Credit.com in the News 1.11.14

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In its Best of Everything list for 2013, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Credit.com the Best Credit Site, highlighting the Credit Report Card, which gives consumers a snapshot of their credit profiles and shows which areas need improvement. The information is updated each month, allowing users to track their progress over time.

With that exciting announcement, the holiday season and a massive data breach in the news, December and early January have been busy for the Credit Experts.

Credit.com Chairman and Co-Founder Adam Levin shared his expertise on a slew of privacy issues over the last several weeks. He spoke to MarketWatch about employers’ practices of spying on their employees in December and on the Snapchat hack early this month. (@Quantanamo) Adam also talked to Fox Business News about Snapchat security. (@KateRogersNews)

The holidays may be over, but consumers are still feeling the impact of decisions they made in December. Adam touched on the spike in identity theft during the holidays, reminding consumers to consistently monitor their financial accounts (@WSJRadio), and if you decided to open a store credit card during peak shopping times, don’t forget to pay the new bills that are coming due (@NewsieRocco).

When Target announced in December that 40 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen in a data breach, there was an onslaught of news coverage and consumer anxiety as details of the investigation slowly surfaced. Adam talked to ABC World News about the identity theft risks as a result of the breach. (@RebeccaJarvis)

He was also interviewed by USA Today. (@USATODAY) Then he talked to the Detroit Free Press. (@tompor)

And the Des Moines Register (@LillieSchrock), ABCNews.com (@ABCNews), and Fox Business News (@KateRogersNews).

Then, when Target announced Jan. 10 that the breach had actually impacted 70 million customers and included stolen email addresses, names, mailing addresses and phone numbers, Adam revisited the topic with the Detroit Free Press. This story is far from over.

Other topics Adam weighed in on included medical identity theft, in a story posted to Next Avenue (@NextAvenue); the high value of personal information, heard on NPR (@JimZirin); and holiday spending, covered by Big Data Download (@BigDataDowload) and MainStreet.com. (@KathrynLizbeth)

Privacy and identity theft issues have been center stage recently, but this time of year is also big for financial resolutions.

Credit.com Director of Consumer Education Gerri Detweiler was interviewed about such resolutions, like paying off credit card debt and raising credit scores. Herb Weisbaum (@Consumerman) interviewed her about balance transfer credit cards, which can be helpful tools for trying to consolidate and lessen debt. MarketWatch ran a story about financial resolutions, which included Gerri’s comments. (@JenWatersMKW)

There’s a new way your credit card data will be reported to credit bureaus — it will show if you’re someone who typically carries a balance or regularly pays off the card — which Gerri talked about in a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (@PittsburghPG)

Credit.com Editor-in-Chief Michael Schreiber also spoke to the media about two hot topics: post-holiday debt and credit card fraud. He touched on strategies for paying down those large December shopping bills on Fox Business News (@FoxBusiness), and he provided tips for protecting yourself from credit card fraud for a piece run by NY1. (@TaraLynnWagner).

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