5 Credit Card Catastrophes (and How to Avoid Them)

Credit Cards

5 Credit Card Catastrophes (and How to Avoid Them)

5 Credit Card Catastrophes (and How to Avoid Them)

When it comes to credit cards, there are two kinds of problems: little ones and big ones. I’m talking about the big stuff here. Getting a couple of bucks charged to your credit card in the form of a foreign transaction fee because you ordered shoes from a website that’s based overseas is annoying, for… Read More

Name, SSN Is All a Thief Needs for Tax Fraud

Identity Theft

Name, SSN Is All a Thief Needs for Tax Fraud

Name, SSN Is All a Thief Needs for Tax Fraud

Meeting the April 17 income tax deadline might be the least of your worries. In recent years, the IRS has seen a significant increase in the number of fraud cases involving identity theft, according to Steven Miller, IRS deputy commissioner for services and enforcement. Tax fraud through identity theft can prevent an innocent taxpayer from… Read More

Love and Money: What Statistics Say

Personal Finance

Love and Money: What Statistics Say

Love and Money: What Statistics Say

Is it true that 50% of divorces are due to disagreements over money? In the many years I’ve been writing about credit, I’ve never been able to pin down a specific study to back that “fact” up. But there are plenty of surveys and studies that shed light on how money can affect relationships, and… Read More

Mobile Wallet Technology Growing Amid Consumer Demand

Personal Finance

Mobile Wallet Technology Growing Amid Consumer Demand

Mobile Wallet Technology Growing Amid Consumer Demand

Consumers’ preference for near-field communication (NFC) technologies when mobile shopping is leading numerous retailers to begin utilizing the payment method, according to a report by Insurance News Net. A survey conducted by Parks Associates indicates half of users polled find NFC-enabled mobile wallet technology attractive. Harry Wang, director of mobile research for the firm, stated… Read More

Credit Tips While Going Through a Divorce

Managing Debt

Credit Tips While Going Through a Divorce

Credit Tips While Going Through a Divorce

The process of getting divorced from one’s spouse can be an emotionally draining event. Additionally, though, it can be a trying and complicating time in terms of personal finances, as there can often be ramifications to one’s credit rating. Knowing what to keep an eye on regarding financial information during and following a divorce can… Read More

12 Security Best Practices for USB Drives

Identity Theft

12 Security Best Practices for USB Drives

12 Security Best Practices for USB Drives

How do most corporate data breaches happen? Lost laptops and USB drives. Now many businesses have some kind of security practice in place for lost corporate computers, whether it’s encrypted drives with remote wipe, or a call lost-and-reporting procedure. But how many have USB drive best practices on the books? Not many. Yet USBs, because… Read More

VeriSign, Pillar of Internet Security, Hacked

Identity Theft

VeriSign, Pillar of Internet Security, Hacked

VeriSign, Pillar of Internet Security, Hacked

VeriSign Inc., the company responsible for assuring that more than half the world’s websites are authentic, was hacked multiple times in 2010, and the thieves succeeded in stealing information. The company is one of the major pillars of the Internet, responsible for assuring the authenticity of many major websites that end in .com, .gov and… Read More

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