Sally Beauty Hit By Credit Card Data Breach

Identity Theft

Sally Beauty Hit By Credit Card Data Breach

Sally Beauty Hit By Credit Card Data Breach

Thousands of credit and debit card numbers seem to have been stolen from Sally Beauty Supply, a national beauty-products chain, according to a report from security blogger Brian Krebs. About 282,000 stolen cards went up for sale on an underground crime store March 2, Krebs writes, and a sample of cards bought and analyzed by... Read More

The Top Complaint About Debt Collectors

Managing Debt

The Top Complaint About Debt Collectors

The Top Complaint About Debt Collectors

We’ve all had the experience of answering the phone only to have the “Sorry, I think you have the wrong number” conversation. Maybe there’s some awkward exchange after that, perhaps an apology, and then someone hangs up. The end. Imagine it went differently: What would you do if the caller said, “I don’t care you’re... Read More

HELOCs Made a Comeback in 2013

Mortgages

HELOCs Made a Comeback in 2013

HELOCs Made a Comeback in 2013

Home equity lending surpassed 2009 levels in 2013, with $111 billion in new home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) opened. In the fourth quarter, new lending increased 43% from quarter four 2012, according to data from Experian-Oliver Wyman Market Intelligence Reports and Experian’s IntelliView tool. For those familiar with the events leading up to the... Read More

Teen Sues Her Parents for College Tuition

Students

Teen Sues Her Parents for College Tuition

Teen Sues Her Parents for College Tuition

An 18-year-old who sued her parents to compel them to pay for her college education and other living expenses was denied her request for emergency funds in a court hearing Tuesday. There will be follow-up hearing April 22 to decide whether her parents will be required to pay college tuition. The teen is living with... Read More

How I Earned 315,000 Credit Card Points in Less Than a Year

Credit Cards

How I Earned 315,000 Credit Card Points in Less Than a Year

How I Earned 315,000 Credit Card Points in Less Than a Year

You’ve seen the stories about people who earn all kinds of free travel rewards with credit cards. But perhaps you think it’s too complicated or too much of a hassle. Or maybe you are worried about how applying for all those cards will affect your credit. Is it really worth the trouble? Absolutely, says Brian... Read More

How to Master Your Long-Term Debt

Managing Debt

How to Master Your Long-Term Debt

How to Master Your Long-Term Debt

Being in debt can feel like you have a cloud hanging over your head. But there are different kinds of debt. Some debts exist for a relatively short period of time (say less than a year) while other debts can span decades. The most common forms of long-term debt are home mortgages, student loans and... Read More

Can You Live Without a Credit Score?

Credit Score

Can You Live Without a Credit Score?

Can You Live Without a Credit Score?

Let’s get straight to the point — of course you can live without a credit score. Many people make the lifestyle choice to engage with society without using credit. It’s sort of like choosing to be a vegetarian. Do you need to eat meat to be healthy? Nope. Some people would really rather not eat... Read More

5 Ways Oversharing Can Lead to Identity Theft

Identity Theft

5 Ways Oversharing Can Lead to Identity Theft

5 Ways Oversharing Can Lead to Identity Theft

Everybody knows there are certain things you can’t share on the Internet without the risk of serious consequences — photos of yourself in compromising positions, intimate details of your travel plans, or what you really think of your boss, for instance. But there are other morsels of information we share with regularity and without considering... Read More

Netflix Users the Target of New Scam

Identity Theft

Netflix Users the Target of New Scam

Netflix Users the Target of New Scam

A security blogger recently reported a new phishing scam that could potentially reach millions of Americans: It involves Netflix. Jérôme Segura posted about the scam to Malwarebytes Unpacked on Feb. 28, reporting that scam emails are telling Neflix users their accounts may have been compromised and they should call a support hotline. In case you haven’t... Read More

4 Steps to Make Budgeting Easier for Anyone

Personal Finance

4 Steps to Make Budgeting Easier for Anyone

4 Steps to Make Budgeting Easier for Anyone

Budgeting doesn’t have to be time consuming, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact there are some simple steps that anyone can take to make budgeting easier. 1. Make It a Priority The first step is simply deciding you are going to start a budget or make a better budget. Decide that getting... Read More

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