Have You Given Your Data a Checkup Recently?

When was the last time you reviewed the data on all of your devices? Many people don't think about their important data until something happens to it. Here are some tips to help you protect that data.

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Your Smartphone. Attacked.

Your smartphone—right now—is probably the focus of scammers and hackers.

Fraudsters who used to focus on attacking your PC are now a lot more interested in smartphones since they are the most-used web device for a majority of people.

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Watch Out for These Twists on Phishing

If you have been online for any length of time, you have heard about phishing. Phishing uses a variety of methods to obtain your personal and financial information which can then be used to steal your money and your identity. Phishing scams typically try to get you to act quickly without thinking and they are getting harder to spot.

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How Tax Reform Impacts Your 2018 Federal Income Taxes

The Tax Cuts and Job Acts bill that was enacted in December 2017 will probably impact your 2018 Federal income tax return. The bill made sweeping changes to the tax laws changing tax rates, deductions, exemptions, and much more. Here are some highlights.

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What Is the UltraFICO Credit Score and What Will It Mean to You?

Credit scores are used by lenders to determine if they will give you a loan (auto, mortgage, credit card). Businesses such as insurance and phone companies are also using credit scores to decide if they will issue you a policy or provide you with service.

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Begin the New Year With These Tips

At the start of a new year, many people traditionally set goals or make changes. Whether you make resolutions or avoid them, follow these tips for making the most of your money and protecting your finances and privacy to start the new year off on a high note.

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What You Need to Know About the Marriott-owned Starwood Hotels Breach

On November 30th, Marriott International announced that the Starwood reservation system had been breached and the personal information of up to 500 million guests had been stolen. Starwood brands include Westin Hotels and Resorts, W Hotels, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, St. Regis, Aloft Hotels, Four Points by Sheraton, Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts, Tribute Portfolio, Design Hotels, Element Hotels, The Luxury Collection and Starwood branded timeshare properties. Marriott hotels, including Residence Inn and the Ritz-Carlton have a separate reservation system that wasn't affected.

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Beware of Phishing Phone Calls

Phishing scams using emails, texts, and websites have been around for years. Telephone-based phishing scams have been around for years, too. The phone phishers have some new tricks that are making it harder to detect the scams. What these scams have in common is that they use caller ID spoofing and have some of your personal information. The phishing call may be an actual person, an automated call, or a combination of the two. Here are two examples.

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Become a "FoolProof Skeptic", and Do it Right.

Make money, spend money: Gifts, groceries, housing, transportation, utilities, health, entertainment, and more. If you know the cycle of your life, you know this is the reality. And you probably aren't going to change that reality. But if you spend money wisely, the cycle will be a lot easier to manage, and even more fun, too.

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End of the Year Tax Saving Tips

The end of the year is fast approaching and many people are focusing on the holidays. But you should take a bit of time to ensure that you are taking advantage of the many ways you can save on your 2018 income tax. These tips can help.

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It's Open Enrollment Time for Many Health Insurance Plans

No matter how you receive your health insurance, the fall is typically when you can make changes to your health insurance plan.

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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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