Don't Fall for Tax Time Scams

Scams occur all year round but some types of scams peak during tax season. The IRS publishes a list of the worst of the tax scams each year called the "Dirty Dozen." Many of these scams make the list year after year. This report highlights the several of the scams.

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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

Are you turning 65 this year? Is a parent or grandparent? One important task to take care of in the months around that 65th birthday is enrolling in Medicare. You (or your relative) need to enroll during this initial enrollment period (IEP) if your plans fit either of these situations:

  • You’ll be turning 65 this year, and you plan to apply to start receiving Social Security at that time.
  • 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? Tips for Success

Besides winter storms, January tends to bring post-holiday bills. For many people, that also brings New Year's resolutions to pay down the debt they have and do a better job of not getting into debt in the first place. Using the sound financial practices profiled in this report can help you succeed quickly.

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Take 5 Steps to Protect Your Privacy and Financial Information

Identity theft and fraud targeting your financial information and well-being continue to increase. In its latest figures, the Federal Trade Commission reported a 47% percent increases in identity theft complaints from 2014 to 2015. A Department of Justice Survey indicated that 17.6 million Americans experienced ID theft in 2014. Digital devices and online connectivity make life more efficient and convenient. But the advantages may also lead to increased risk of identity theft and financial fraud that target your money. Taking the following 5 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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It's Holiday Time. Don't Let Your Guard Down

It's holiday time and for most people, their security and privacy are not foremost in their thoughts. Yet many hazards and threats are more prevalent during this season of the year. Shopping safely locally and online and safety around the home are important. Here are some tips and resources to help keep you and your family safe and your sensitive information secure.

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What You Should Know About the New Broadband Privacy Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted rules that require broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to protect the privacy of their customers. The new rules will provide consumers with better control of how broadband ISPs use and share their data. The rules also require broadband ISPs to better protect personal information. The ISPs impacted include those providing fixed and mobile broadband to people's homes.

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With the Holiday Shopping Season Upon Us, Beware of Fake Apps

With more and more people using mobile devices for shopping, scammers have turned to apps to target consumers. Fake retail and product apps have been around for some time but are now becoming more widespread.

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Gotcha! Invisible Advertising Targets You (Some More)

Remember our video and articles about "Invisible" or Native Advertising a couple of months ago? You know, the move by advertisers to trick us into thinking one-sided advertising is actually balanced information? Or thinking that "sponsored" content, such as an "educational" article or entertaining video, is not advertising.

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What You Should Know About the Internet of Things & DDoS Attacks

On October 21st, many people had trouble accessing dozens of popular websites and services as a result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that targeted Dyn, a major Domain Name System (DNS) hosting service. In this news brief we'll address what DDoS attacks may mean to you and what you should do.

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