Is This Malware ‘South Park’-Inspired?

Identity Theft

Is This Malware ‘South Park’-Inspired?

Is This Malware ‘South Park’-Inspired?

Malicious advertising, or malvertising, continues to pose a profound hazard, making visits to some of the Internet’s most popular websites a dicey proposition. Cisco researchers have identified a criminal ring, christened the “Kyle and Stan” Malvertising Network (a likely reference to two of the main characters on “South Park”), that distributes sophisticated, mutating malware to... Read More

8 Credit Card Terms Everyone Should Know

Credit Cards

8 Credit Card Terms Everyone Should Know

8 Credit Card Terms Everyone Should Know

When we think about credit cards, we think of a simple, small piece of plastic. In fact, these cards represent complex financial instruments. And to understand them, we need to know the lingo. If you use a credit card, or are thinking about applying for one, then you need to know these eight terms. 1. APR A... Read More

5-Star Hotels You Can Actually Afford

Personal Finance

5-Star Hotels You Can Actually Afford

5-Star Hotels You Can Actually Afford

Luxurious vacations tend to have the unfortunate quality of being very expensive. Plenty of people don’t need to fly first class or stay in a fancy hotel in order to have a wonderful trip, but still, it would be nice to enjoy an exceptionally comfortable suite on the occasional excursion, without paying an obscene amount... Read More

Can You Afford to Buy a Fixer-Upper?

Mortgages

Can You Afford to Buy a Fixer-Upper?

Can You Afford to Buy a Fixer-Upper?

Many homebuyers are drawn to the lure of the fixer-upper. And with good reason, at least on paper. But the “buy low, sell high” ethos of fixer-uppers isn’t exactly a guarantee. There are plenty of people who snagged the worst house in a great neighborhood and turned it into their dream home. You’re just as... Read More

Op/Ed: Why the Brookings Institution Is Still Wrong on Student Loans

Students

Op/Ed: Why the Brookings Institution Is Still Wrong on Student Loans

Op/Ed: Why the Brookings Institution Is Still Wrong on Student Loans

The Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution is back in the news. In its continuing effort to discredit what the center describes as “the often-hysterical public debate about student loan debt,” the BCEP published a September follow-up to its April report—the one in which its researchers determined that broad-based policy actions on... Read More

Help! 2 Debt Collectors Are Calling About the Same Debt

Managing Debt

Help! 2 Debt Collectors Are Calling About the Same Debt

Help! 2 Debt Collectors Are Calling About the Same Debt

Receiving a notice from a debt collector is generally unpleasant. Getting two such notices is even less enjoyable. Getting two collections letters from different companies regarding the same debt? Not only is that frustrating, it can be extremely confusing. If multiple companies contact you about a single debt, there are a few things you should... Read More

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