The Dangers of Randomly Clicking Links (and Using 'Free' Services)

Randomly clicking links on the internet can get you in big trouble!

How? Ever heard of ransomware? Malware? Or of course the good old spyware and viruses?

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How Do You Pay Your Bills?

April 2017

We all have bills to pay, and we all have our own method of paying them. Some people choose to write checks, some choose to pay online, and some choose a combination of both. What method works best for you?

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Tips for Spotting Fake News

Fake news. There's been a lot of discussion about it recently. While bogus stories and advertising cloaked as stories have been around for a long time, the Internet and now social media have helped to spread them quickly to more people. Being skeptical about the news or any information is a good idea no matter the source.

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101 Ad-Proof Tips!

We're living in a world of advertisements, or ads, for short. Ads are everywhere around us, they're embedded in everything, and a lot of these ads don't even look like ads!

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Don't Fall for Tax Time Scams

March 2017

Scams occur all year round, but it’s important to know that many types of scams peak during tax season, meaning you should keep an extra eye out for suspicious activity. Each year, the IRS publishes a list of the worst and most common tax scams, called the "Dirty Dozen.". This article highlights several of the scams that make the list year after year.

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Technology Has Changed the Way We Work

Many people credit technological advances to job displacement. However, it also has led to innovation and increased access which has created jobs for individuals on the shared economy.

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Searching for a Facebook Customer Service Number? Don't.

Have you ever searched for a customer service number online? NPR's All Tech Considered while working on a story decided to search for Facebook Customer Service. Prominently displayed at the top of the Google search results was a phone number. That number will get you a person but not from Facebook.

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7 Simple Steps to the Best Checking Account

Life is a lot easier if you have a checking account. You can store your money, you get a debit card that is linked to your checking account, to be able to go online and make purchases, and you can even pay someone with a check if you don't have cash on you.

But here's the problem: Hundreds of financial institutions want you to open your first checking account with them. Some will try to rip you off, while others will do their best to help you.

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Turning 65 This Year? It’s Time to Sign Up for Medicare

February 2017

Are you or a relative turning 65 this year? If so, you might want to consider adding Medicare enrollment to your to-do list during the months surrounding that 65th birthday. If your plans, or your relatives plans, fit either of the following situations, you will need to enroll during the initial enrollment period (IEP):

  • You’ll be turning 65 this year, and you plan to apply to start receiving Social Security.
  • You’ll be turning 65 this year, but you plan to keep working and not apply for Social Security until you can receive full benefits at age 66 or at a later age up to 70.

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Google's New Privacy Policy; You May Want To Become Invisible

With Google's new privacy policy in place (June 2016), the company will now combine their huge database of web browser data (your Google searches) with the personal information they collect from their services like Gmail.

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Another Yahoo! Data Breach. Over a Billion Users Affected.

Yahoo announced on December 14, 2016, that a major data breach occurred in 2013 which affected over 1 billion accounts. This breach is larger and is a different breach than the 2014 breach that Yahoo announced in September 2016.

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Is Paying Down Debt a 2017 Resolution? Here are Some Tips for Success

January 2017

Besides winter storms, January tends to bring post-holiday bills for many people. As a result, New Year’s resolutions to work towards paying down debt and manage finances better in the New Year are often created. This article highlights some sound financial practices designed to help you succeed with your financial resolutions this year.

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5 Steps to Help Protect Your Privacy and Financial Information

December 2016

Identity theft and fraud that target your financial information and well-being is on the rise. The Federal Trade Commission reported a 47% percent increase from 2014 to 2015 in identity theft complaints .Even more, a Department of Justice Survey indicated that 17.6 million Americans experienced identity theft in 2014. Though digital devices and online connectivity certainly make life more efficient and convenient, the advantages may also lead to increased risk of identity theft and financial fraud that target your money. Taking the following five steps can provide significant protection for yourself and your money.

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Millennials: All About (Your) Credit

I'm betting that you know what credit is: an arrangement for you to pay for something at a later date. "Okay, gimme the car today, and I'll pay you later."

You've also heard of credit scores, right? But do you know how important that credit score is to the rest of your life?

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