Financial Planning for the Year Ahead

Tips for wrapping up this year and getting a jump start on the next

The end of the year is fast approaching and many people are thinking of things other than finances. Yet, taking some time now to review your financial plan for this year and next may save you time and money later.

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What Do You Need to Know About the KRACK Wi-Fi Vulnerability?

Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the Wi-Fi WPA2 security protocol. This vulnerability affects most devices that can use a Wi-Fi connection. Hackers could exploit this problem to capture all the traffic coming into or out of any device with a Wi-Fi connection such as laptops, phones, routers, tablets, and smart devices. Though to exploit the problem, a hacker would have to be near the device.

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Bitcoins and Blockchain: What Consumers Should Know About It

Bitcoins. Blockchain. Ever heard of those names?? It's quite far from most people's minds, and to be honest I had to ask our FoolProof techies about it! They acknowledged not knowing too much about it either.

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Looking for Alternative Gifts This Holiday Season?

What do you think of as alternative gifts? A family trip? Tickets to a special event? Have you considered helping others. Here are a few suggestions for doing just that.

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Save Money on Your Holiday Travels

Are you planning to travel this holiday season? Then don't wait. Making reservations and other plans early can save you money and time. Here are tips to help you save money on airfare, lodging, and driving.

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21st Century Skills? Sneak Peek Into 10 Future Jobs!

Critical thinking. Communication. Collaboration. Creativity. Four words that summarize the skills that can really help you prosper in the 21st century!

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How to Arm Yourself Against Scams

One of the things I hate most in the world is losing money. Wait, you know what I hate even worse? Losing money because of a bad decision or negative influence.

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Massive Equifax Data Breach. What You Need to Know.

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the big 3 consumer credit reporting agencies, announced that sensitive information for 143 million American consumers including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver's license numbers were stolen by hackers.

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Using Facebook Marketplace or Another Local Service? Then Read This

Local online marketplaces such as Facebook Marketplace can be a handy tool. They can be used to find bargains on various items or to make some money on items you no longer need. But how do you make sure that you aren't being conned? These tips can help.

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Effortless New Ways to Buy and Finance a Vehicle

But Watch Out. Effortless Does Not Guarantee Cheaper or Better.

Remar founded the Consumer Task Force for Automotive Issues and is the author of a best-selling book on the car buying process, Don't Get Taken Every Time.

If you're like a lot of people, a visit to your local car dealership is as much fun as getting your finger stuck in a door jamb.

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Avoiding Disaster Related Scams

Disasters such as that caused by Hurricane Harvey bring out the scammers. Fake charities, repair scams, and rental scams are just a few of the types of scams that increase during these times. Here are some tips and resources to help you avoid being taken.

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Don't Become a Victim of Debit Card Fraud

If you are one of the many people who use their debit card regularly for purchases, you may want to reconsider. Debit card fraud has been rising steadily over the last few years. More sophisticated technology has helped make skimmers harder to detect at gas pumps, ATMs, and other payment terminals. Fraudulent "card-not-present" transactions, such as online or over the phone, are also fueling the increase.

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A Twist on Nigerian Scams

These days, anyone who has email has either received or heard about Nigerian scams. These scams typically request help to access a large amount of money. They promise you a big profit in exchange for your help. The catch is that you will need to fork out your own money to cover various fees or "taxes" and provide access to your bank account. The result: lost money and possibly identity theft.

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When to Know You're in Trouble with Debt

Do you have debt? Can you tell when you have so much debt that you're in (real) trouble? We'll explain how to grade your debt in a minute, but first, count how many of these apply to you:

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