Is the Adobe Hack Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

Identity Theft

Is the Adobe Hack Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

Is the Adobe Hack Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

If you’re one of those folks who believed that “it will never happen to me,” when it comes to identity theft, the hack of Adobe’s internal database isn’t just bad news — it’s scary. It is increasingly inevitable that every business will suffer some kind of data breach — and that each of us will… Read More

4 Simple Things to Do Every Year to Save Money

Personal Finance

4 Simple Things to Do Every Year to Save Money

4 Simple Things to Do Every Year to Save Money

For many people, managing their finances feels like an overwhelming task. Our lives are incredibly busy as it is, and folks in my line of work tend to throw around acronyms and jargon until too many people just throw their hands up in despair. It all can seem so overwhelming and some of us simply… Read More

Could Facebook’s New Privacy Rules Endanger Your Kids?

Identity Theft

Could Facebook’s New Privacy Rules Endanger Your Kids?

Could Facebook’s New Privacy Rules Endanger Your Kids?

Not a week goes by without another story of an adult doing something colossally stupid on social media and paying the price. So why in the world did Facebook think it advisable to allow 13-year-old kids to make their pictures and status updates public? In a widely-decried move, Facebook announced last week that underage users… Read More

5 Things Not to Do on the Internet While Flying

Identity Theft

5 Things Not to Do on the Internet While Flying

5 Things Not to Do on the Internet While Flying

For the first time in a while, I found myself on a transcontinental flight without WiFi access or in-flight television. I generally try to avoid being electronically sequestered for any amount of time, especially on a football Sunday, so I couldn’t help but feel it was a punishment of sorts — at least at first…. Read More

The Biggest Victim of the Debt Ceiling Deal: Your Retirement

Personal Finance

The Biggest Victim of the Debt Ceiling Deal: Your Retirement

The Biggest Victim of the Debt Ceiling Deal: Your Retirement

The catfights in Congress over the debt ceiling aren’t just an inside-the-Beltway problem — they’re already a Wall Street problem, and they’re becoming a Main Street problem. There was little to celebrate Wednesday night after the Senate passed the legislation to re-open the government until January and raise the debt ceiling until February — and… Read More

Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted?

Identity Theft

Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted?

Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted?

Last month, the Health Insurance and Medical Privacy Act, or HIPAA, made your electronic medical records a lot safer. As welcome as these changes are, we need to go further. It is time for a federal law requiring encryption of any database that contains personally identifying information (PII). Despite the lunacy now emanating from our… Read More

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