Identity Thieves May Have Stolen Tax Info through FAFSA Tool

A rite of going to college is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Anyone who has filled out the FAFSA knows how complicated it is. To help make it easier to fill out the form, the U.S. Department of Education created a Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) which could be used to retrieve the required tax information directly from the IRS.

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The Dangers of Randomly Clicking Links (and Using 'Free' Services)

Randomly clicking links on the internet can get you in big trouble!

How? Ever heard of ransomware? Malware? Or of course the good old spyware and viruses?

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How Do You Pay Your Bills? Online or Off.

We all have bills to pay. Whether it's the rent, mortgage, utilities, credit cards, or loans, bills must be paid in some way. Some people choose to write checks. Others pay online. Still others use a combination. What method works best for you?

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Tips for Spotting Fake News

Fake news. There's been a lot of discussion about it recently. While bogus stories and advertising cloaked as stories have been around for a long time, the Internet and now social media have helped to spread them quickly to more people. Being skeptical about the news or any information is a good idea no matter the source.

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101 Ad-Proof Tips!

We're living in a world of advertisements, or ads, for short. Ads are everywhere around us, they're embedded in everything, and a lot of these ads don't even look like ads!

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Technology Has Changed the Way We Work

Many people credit technological advances to job displacement. However, it also has led to innovation and increased access which has created jobs for individuals on the shared economy.

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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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