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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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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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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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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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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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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