Are Payment Apps Safe?

Not a lot of people carry cash around these days. And the good old plastic card is also becoming old school.

For many people, "contactless" payments and payment (or money transfer) apps are the trend and the convenient way to go. With this type of technology, sending and receiving money has never been easier, quicker or more convenient. But is it safe?

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Help Protect Your Identity With a Free Credit Report Freeze

Consumers no longer have to pay to use an important tool to help protect their identity. As of September 21, 2018, freezing your credit report at the three major credit reporting agencies is now free. Previously, a consumer had to pay a fee to freeze and unfreeze their credit report. The fees for placing, lifting, and removing a credit freeze were determined by state law.

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The Holiday Shopping Season Has Begun! Plan Ahead With These Tips

The holiday shopping season is here. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are no longer just one day. Many retailers, online and off, offer deals for several weeks leading up to Thanksgiving weekend and continue well into December. Before taking advantage of any "deals," do your homework.

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What You Need to Know About the Facebook Breach

In late September, Facebook announced that a security breach was discovered on September 25th that affected almost 50 million accounts. The hackers stole Facebook access tokens which keep people logged into Facebook. The vulnerability that the hackers exploited was in the View As feature which allows people to see what their profile looks to other users. Facebook Login which allows people to login to other services using their Facebook account login was also compromised.

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Need a Crash Course in Online Safety?

Are you on your computer, smartphone or tablet all the time? If so, chances are you can really benefit from this crash course in upping your online "self-defense" skills.

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Beware of Flood Damaged Vehicles When Purchasing Used

Hurricane Florence caused a lot of flooding. Flooding has also occurred in the Northeast and other areas this year due to torrential rains. Flooding damages large numbers of vehicles every year. Consumers need to be aware that flood damaged vehicles can appear on used car lots far away from where the flooding occurred. A vehicle may have been cleaned up and won't show visible signs of damage but there are usually long-term effects. The vehicle may prematurely rust, wiring becomes brittle or breaks, the electrical and mechanical systems break down, and corrosion can damage vital components.

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How Often Do You Review Your Insurance Coverage?

Insurance in its various forms helps protect us from financial loss, yet we don't think much about it until we need it. Reviewing your insurance policies can ensure you have the right coverage at the right cost. Life changes, such as marriage, divorce, a new addition to the family, buying a home, a child going off to college, a job change, or retirement, can impact your insurance needs. Make it a habit to review your coverage at renewal or open enrollment time.

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Is Your Data Safer One Year After the Equifax Breach?

On September 7, 2017 Equifax announced that the data of 143 million U.S. consumers that it had collected had been beached. The number impacted was later updated to 148 million. The theft included social security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers, driver's license numbers, tax IDs, and other information. The theft raised the threat of identity theft for those affected. The stolen information can be used for existing account fraud, new account fraud, tax refund fraud, social security benefits fraud, health care/medical fraud, phishing scams and other fraudulent activities.

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The Benefits of Journaling

Okay, think of journaling. What is the first thing that comes to mind? It's likely that it has something to do with "Dear Diary" and high school-sweethearts... Am I right...? If you have read our article about 21st century skills, your thoughts may be a little different, however.

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Improve Your Web Browsing With These Tips

The Internet can be wonderful with lots of information and entertainment at your fingertips. But users can be annoyed or frustrated by items on web sites that they can't control. Some sites allow you to choose settings or preferences but you have to sign up. Signing up may be fine if you regularly visit a site but not if you don't. Lack of control can also impact your online privacy and security. So what can you do? The following tips can help you improve your browsing experience.

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Giving to Disaster Relief? Read These Tips First

Natural disasters have been in the news recently. Wildfires in California and Montana. Flooding in the Northeast. Tornados in the Midwest. Hurricane season has been quiet so far but the peak time is still to come. When natural disasters occur, appeals for help follow. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of charities ranging from small to large, local to multi-national.

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FoolProof Yourself for the 21st Century!

Use caution. Question sellers. Rely on research.

Sound familiar? Great! FoolProof's mantra is a good one for you to keep in mind. Why? Because it represents skills you need to survive in the 21st century... J

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Reduce Your Risk of Being a Victim of Auto Theft

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motor vehicle is stolen approximately every 41 seconds. That adds up to over 750,000 motor vehicles a year. Whether you own a car, pickup truck, SUV, or motorcycle, your vehicle could be at risk. These tips can help you reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen.

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Pros and Cons of Paying Over Time

How often do you choose to pay for something over time? You have chosen to pay over time when you've used a loan or credit card to pay for something. While choosing to pay over time can be convenient, it can also be costly if you don't consider interest, fees, and other charges. Keep more of your money by minimizing the amount of interest you pay by paying off the debt as soon as possible. There are situations in which paying over time is the right choice and situations when it is not.

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