To Catch a Thief: Will Techie Upgrades Prevent ID Theft?

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To Catch a Thief: Will Techie Upgrades Prevent ID Theft?

To Catch a Thief: Will Techie Upgrades Prevent ID Theft?

Identity theft is all too common these days, but a shocking new report from the Federal Trade Commission highlights just how bad the situation’s become. Identity theft isn’t just the top complaint in America — which it’s been for the past 13 years — complaints “surged by 32%” in 2012, bringing the total estimated number… Read More

Consumer Lessons from the Celebrity Hacking Scandal

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Consumer Lessons from the Celebrity Hacking Scandal

Consumer Lessons from the Celebrity Hacking Scandal

Last week, a dozen high profile celebrities, government officials and politicians were victims of hackers who posted sensitive financial information online. The victims included Jay Z, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Ashton Kutcher, Mel Gibson and Michelle Obama. In the beginning, some news outlets dismissed the story as boring, saying there wasn’t anything particularly exciting about the… Read More

5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Credit

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5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Credit

5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Credit

No matter what time of year it is, it’s never too late to dust off your credit reports and learn exactly where you stand. Especially these days when the average boomer is swimming in debt and the long-term unemployed are relying on credit just to make ends meet. Worse still, a recent study found it… Read More

The Danger of Not Checking Your Credit Report

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The Danger of Not Checking Your Credit Report

The Danger of Not Checking Your Credit Report

For so many of us, checking our credit reports is probably not at the top of the to-do list (unless there’s a pressing need). However, failing to take the time to regularly do so can be a costly mistake. “I’ve had the experience of routinely getting my credit report, only to find a couple credit… Read More

5 Credit Myths to Ditch in 2013

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5 Credit Myths to Ditch in 2013

5 Credit Myths to Ditch in 2013

When one year ends and another begins, it’s hard not to look ahead and strive to do better.  And when it comes to credit, we’re definitely creatures of habit. We resolve to spend less, but open store credit cards anyway. We vow to pay off debt, but only put down the minimum due. We aim… Read More

Don’t Fall For These Common Travel Scams

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Don’t Fall For These Common Travel Scams

Don’t Fall For These Common Travel Scams

There’s more to travel than road trips and games, as travelers can be prime targets for scams. To make sure you keep every cent in your pocket, we’ve listed the most common scams to watch out for. ‘Free’ Wi-Fi: You might think you’re being slick by “booting” free Wi-Fi at the airport, but think again…. Read More

The Freelancer’s Guide to Building Credit

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The Freelancer’s Guide to Building Credit

The Freelancer’s Guide to Building Credit

The 9 to 5 grind is quickly becoming a thing of the past. According to the Freelancer’s Union, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based organization, nearly 42 million Americans have gone rogue, either due to the loss of a full-time job or the desire for a flexible lifestyle. That’s good news for employers who’d rather not pay for… Read More

The 3 Jobs Where Good Credit Counts

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The 3 Jobs Where Good Credit Counts

The 3 Jobs Where Good Credit Counts

Can poor credit cost you a job offer? Depending on the job you’re applying for, it just might. While studies have not shown a correlation between lower credit scores and financial crimes, it’s still standard practice for many employers look to your credit history as one indicator of future job performance. Your credit report is… Read More

What the New Year Means for Old Credit Rewards

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What the New Year Means for Old Credit Rewards

What the New Year Means for Old Credit Rewards

Rewards cards are all the rage lately, but should you use your rewards points before you lose them in 2013? The answer might be simpler than you think. According to Jason Steele, a credit card expert with Credit.com, most cards don’t have any year-end considerations to speak of. The majority of issuers look to activity,… Read More

12 Holiday Scams to Watch Out For

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12 Holiday Scams to Watch Out For

12 Holiday Scams to Watch Out For

As more consumers pick up their smartphone and tablet to go holiday shopping, cyber crooks will try just about anything to dupe them out of their hard-earned money. Forty percent of identity theft victims were targeted while making online purchases in 2011, according to an identity fraud report by Javelin Strategy & Research. Meanwhile identity… Read More

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