12.6 Million Reasons Why Identity Theft Matters

Identity Theft

12.6 Million Reasons Why Identity Theft Matters

12.6 Million Reasons Why Identity Theft Matters

If you still believe identity theft is a marketing gimmick, it’s time to take a look at the Federal Trade Commission report released this week. Identity theft is once again the top complaint in America, as it has been for 13 years. Identity theft complaints surged by 32 percent in 2012 to nearly 370,000, and… Read More

5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber War

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5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber War

5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber War

This spring, the term “cyber war” turns 20. In his seminal 1993 paper “Cyberwar is Coming!” master military strategist John Arquilla envisioned an entirely new kind of battle. That vision was articulated again, but as reality, in President Obama’s State of the Union Address last week. The president’s call for a more serious approach to… Read More

7 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Before Facebook Gets Hacked

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7 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Before Facebook Gets Hacked

7 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Before Facebook Gets Hacked

We’re coming up on three years since Mark Zuckerberg famously announced, “The age of privacy is over.” Some of us, however, still value our privacy. The nonstop Facebook information grabs of late, coupled with recent high profile security breaches, point to the inevitable: a catastrophic breach at Facebook. When that happens, the most concentrated dossier… Read More

Who’s Behind the Latest Bank Giveaway?

Personal Finance

Who’s Behind the Latest Bank Giveaway?

Who’s Behind the Latest Bank Giveaway?

Last week offered a very good snapshot of the state of things in the wake of mortgage crisis. On the one hand, there was news of a woefully inadequate $8.5 billion settlement as “remedy” for irresponsible (and worse) behavior by mortgage servicers. On the other, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced regulations that might help… Read More

Forget Your Money Resolutions! Make a Plan in 2013

Personal Finance

Forget Your Money Resolutions! Make a Plan in 2013

Forget Your Money Resolutions! Make a Plan in 2013

We live in uncertain times. Uncertainty spooks financial markets and keeps a lid on lending. It gives millions of businesses a legitimate argument to sit on the sidelines hoarding trillions of dollars that could otherwise fuel meaningful economic expansion. That private sector money could fuel the most effective “stimulus program” this country has ever known… Read More

9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn’t Make You Any Safer

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9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn’t Make You Any Safer

9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn’t Make You Any Safer

A funny thing happened on my way from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. this week, I found myself on a flight without Wi-Fi. The prospect of being unplugged for more than four hours on a flying machine without the ability to communicate with (or distract) colleagues, with zero information from the outside world — let’s… Read More

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