How to Protect Your New Gadgets From Malware

Identity Theft

How to Protect Your New Gadgets From Malware

How to Protect Your New Gadgets From Malware

After Santa delivers the latest and greatest electronic gizmos, expect scammers to try for their own leave-behind — malware that can lead to identity theft. Recent research indicates that mobile malware threats are on the rise, with a 26% jump between July and September compared to the previous three months. So while lucky recipients may… Read More

The Risks & Rewards of a New Credit Gadget: Coin

Credit Cards

The Risks & Rewards of a New Credit Gadget: Coin

The Risks & Rewards of a New Credit Gadget: Coin

The new credit card consolidation device Coin has a lot to offer consumers who carry loads of plastic — like convenience, lighter wallets and security features. Coin is designed to look and function like many of the plastic cards we carry everyday, but it collects the information on all those cards so a Coin is… Read More

Child Identity Theft Linked to Mobile Devices

Identity Theft

Child Identity Theft Linked to Mobile Devices

Child Identity Theft Linked to Mobile Devices

About 16,000 children suffered identity theft in 2012, according to Federal Trade Commission data. The growing use of mobile devices and technology among children and teenagers has made them more vulnerable to online identity theft. “Kids are more connected now,” Michelle Tabler of the Better Business Bureau Alaska told NBC affiliate KTUU. ”They have iPhones now,… Read More

Smishing: A Serious Identity Theft Scheme

Identity Theft

Smishing: A Serious Identity Theft Scheme

Smishing: A Serious Identity Theft Scheme

Smishing is an identity theft scheme that involves sending consumers text messages containing a link to a fraudulent website or a phone number in an attempt to collect personal information. This scheme is becoming increasingly popular and consumers should know how to determine if they are being targeted by these criminals and how ensure that… Read More

Mobile Wallet Use Expected to Explode

Personal Finance

Mobile Wallet Use Expected to Explode

Mobile Wallet Use Expected to Explode

Experts had predicted that the number of people who use their smartphones to make everyday purchases would expand rapidly during the past few years, but the “mobile wallet” hasn’t yet dominated the market as predicted. Now, however, new data suggests that it is at least theoretically possible thanks to increased development and release of devices… Read More

Is Your Cellphone Ruining Your Credit?

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Is Your Cellphone Ruining Your Credit?

Is Your Cellphone Ruining Your Credit?

The phone is a useful and essential tool in our lives — and it’s even more useful now that nearly everyone carries around their own smartphone or cellphone. In fact, these phones have become more than just ways to talk to someone; they are communication hubs and entertainment systems and life management tools. Unfortunately, they… Read More

Mobile Payments Coming Soon to Blackberry

Personal Finance

Mobile Payments Coming Soon to Blackberry

Mobile Payments Coming Soon to Blackberry

As part of the ongoing push toward new payment options made possible by emerging technologies, the world’s largest payment processor recently gave a well-known smartphone manufacturer the go-ahead to start creating a mobile payment platform. Research in Motion, the Canadian company behind the popular BlackBerry line of smartphones, recently had its proposed mobile payments system… Read More

Mortgage Applications Could Soon Come Via Phone

Mortgages

Mortgage Applications Could Soon Come Via Phone

Mortgage Applications Could Soon Come Via Phone

Many consumers have likely seen the technology from their banks that allows them to deposit a check just by taking a picture of it with their smartphone. Soon, they might be able to do the same for documents related to their mortgage applications. According to a report American Banker, tech experts say that in the near future, more mortgage lenders might… Read More

New Microsoft Smartphone Breaks Mobile Wallet Ground

Credit Cards

New Microsoft Smartphone Breaks Mobile Wallet Ground

New Microsoft Smartphone Breaks Mobile Wallet Ground

In recent months, there has been considerable discussion about the coming next-generation smartphones that would likely give consumers the ability to use their devices as mobile wallets, and now a new entry to the market does just that. Microsoft recently revealed that its new Windows Phone 8 will be among the first in the U.S…. Read More

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