Could Facebook’s New Privacy Rules Endanger Your Kids?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch

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The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch

The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch

Here’s a scary scenario. You’re innocently surfing the Web, maybe on an unfamiliar site, not paying close attention. Suddenly your computer screen fills with illegal pornographic images of minors. You try to navigate away, but a warning screen branded by the National Security Administration’s Internet Surveillance Program pops up with the message: “Your computer has… Read More

7 Credit Mistakes That Could Wreck Your Retirement

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7 Credit Mistakes That Could Wreck Your Retirement

7 Credit Mistakes That Could Wreck Your Retirement

Yes, just like clockwork it happened again this year: I got older. As of this week, the Beatles song, “When I’m Sixty-Four,” went from being a hypothetical to a reality for me. This means that next year, I will officially become a senior citizen. It’s a jarring prospect. Like most baby boomers, I don’t feel… Read More

7 Steps to Deal With Employers Looking at Your Credit Report

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7 Steps to Deal With Employers Looking at Your Credit Report

7 Steps to Deal With Employers Looking at Your Credit Report

Employers don’t like surprises. They want to know everything there is to know about you, which is why you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that many look at prospective employees’ credit reports as part of their application process. One 2010 study from the Society of Human Resource Management estimates that 60% of companies checked some… Read More

Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

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Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

It’s the biggest change in health care in nearly half a century, and perhaps unsurprisingly it’s already become a tool for scammers. Though open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) doesn’t begin until Oct. 1, scam artists – masquerading as government representatives — have tricked a number of consumers into coughing up personal… Read More

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