FDIC Head Says More Vigilance Needed to Prevent Hacks

Identity Theft

FDIC Head Says More Vigilance Needed to Prevent Hacks

FDIC Head Says More Vigilance Needed to Prevent Hacks

Sheila Bair, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, recently said that both financial institutions and regulators must do more to protect consumers’ private information, including adopting more stringent security policies, according to a report from USA Today. In particular, Blair said the agency is working on developing “additional guidance to enhance authentication procedures when… Read More

New ATM Comes from Russia with Fraud Protection

Identity Theft

New ATM Comes from Russia with Fraud Protection

New ATM Comes from Russia with Fraud Protection

The biggest bank in Russia recently began rolling out ATMs that come with voice recognition software designed to reduce the amount of consumer credit fraud, according to a report from the New York Times. The machines scan consumers’ personal records, using fingerprinting technology and 3D facial scans, as well as the voice analysis program that… Read More

Daddy, Make the Bad Man Go Away

Identity Theft

Daddy, Make the Bad Man Go Away

Daddy, Make the Bad Man Go Away

So, it’s 10:15 PM and your eight-year-old just woke up with a nightmare. While you’re tending to him, the phone rings and of course your 13-year-old daughter gets to it first. A minute or two later she bursts into her brother’s room crying, and blurts out to the two of you that the nasty man… Read More

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (6/10/11)

Personal Finance

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (6/10/11)

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (6/10/11)

Banks are taking large and small-scale hits after losing a hard-fought battle over debit fees and having the foreclosure tables turned by a plucky homeowner. This week’s bloggers bring you these stories as well as tips on how to save on student loans and payday loan alternatives. As always, if you enjoy any of our… Read More

Smartphones Won’t Replace Credit Cards Any Time Soon

Credit Cards

Smartphones Won’t Replace Credit Cards Any Time Soon

Smartphones Won’t Replace Credit Cards Any Time Soon

As one who is totally fascinated with the intersection of credit cards and technology, I’ve been paying close attention to the buzz surrounding the use of smartphones as credit cards. It’s a burgeoning area and there’s heated competition among companies to be the first to come up with the Next Big Thing. Google announced its… Read More

Nearly 22 Percent of Ohio Homeowners Have Underwater Mortgages

Mortgages

Nearly 22 Percent of Ohio Homeowners Have Underwater Mortgages

Nearly 22 Percent of Ohio Homeowners Have Underwater Mortgages

New data from the mortgage tracking firm CoreLogic showed that 21.9 percent of homeowners in Ohio had underwater mortgages – those with balances that are higher than the value of the property – at the end of the first quarter, according to a report from the Columbus Dispatch. That was up from the 21.6 percent… Read More

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