Jan

29

Could You Pass this Simple Financial Quiz?

Interestingly enough, when given this simple 3-question financial quiz, most Americans didn’t pass.  Time online magazine’s Money section posted this:

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Jan

27

4 Credit Card Myths Everyone Should Know

Having a good credit score is important to your financial health.  It enables you to get more credit, receive better interest rates on loans and credit cards and increases your purchasing power.  However, there are some common credit card myths floating around that contrary to the belief, can actually hurt your credit score.

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Jan

19

The 25 Most Overused Passwords for 2015

It’s 2016.  The internet is no longer in infancy but now floating in a comfortable age of maturity.  Big data is here to stay and security is the name of the game. Though it is 2016 and the internet is not “new”, people still forget that an easy password to remember is also a password that can easily be figured out with modern brute force hacking techniques.  After all, criminals only get smarter, right?  Which, is why we should be smarter too and use more complex passwords or at the very least, passphrases.

The following passwords, made the top 5 of the “25 Worst and Most Overused Passwords” List:

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Jan

13

The IRS is Not Calling You…

It’s that time of year again.  The scammers are out and their game is to call you up pretending to be the IRS and demand money.

The scary part of this scam is that the call seems legit as you are presented with an automated menu, which eventually leads to a call center.  From that point, you will then be asked to supply your private information such as your social security number so they can verify your “case file”.  All of this is fake and designed to get you to share private data.

A good rule of thumb is, never give out sensitive data like your social security number, bank account information, credit card information, and the like over the phone, if you aren’t 100% certain that the caller or company on the other line is legit.

Check out this interesting article from CNBC that details one person’s account with these scammers.

Dec

31

A Guide to Nursing Your Holiday Spending Hangover

From Lifehacker

Santa is gone, the decorations are down, and chances are, you’re feeling the sting of your holiday spending. If it crept up on you, your budget is strained, and now you’re worried about your finances, you’ll want to come up with a plan to recover.

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Dec

31

Kick Off the New Year Right! Get Your Financial House in Order

Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016!  With tax season just around the corner, what better gift to give yourself at the end of the Holiday season, than a financial house that is in order!

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Dec

22

Beware of the Santa Scam

CU*Secure favorite, Consumerist, reports on a holiday scam and how to protect yourself from the holiday scam offering handwritten letters from Santa.  Note, there are many legitimate companies that offer this service.  But there are also a bunch of ne’er-do-wells who are just looking to get your money and your personal information.

Read the article and pay attention to the tips at the bottom on how to protect yourself!

Dec

14

Does your business use Microsoft Internet Explorer? If so, this is a must read

We came across some information we thought we should share. Your IT departments are probably already aware, but there is a change that is coming from Microsoft in January 2016.  Most notable is that only IE11 is secure.  All other versions of IE are vulnerable as they are no longer being supported by Microsoft.

Click here to read: Microsoft Support Lifecycle

Click here to read: Every version of Internet Explorer other than IE11 will be vulnerable next month

Nov

18

Please Don’t Fall For The Craigslist Money Order Scam

There are quite a few different internet scams out there, and I have talked about a few of them before. But I keep hearing about people who get ripped off by the “Money Order” scam.

You place an ad on Craigslist to sell your used car. You list a fair price. A person calls you from far away and says they have been looking for just this car. So much so that they do not even need to see it – they will send you the money forthwith and even pay to have the car transported. All you need to do is sit back and cash the money order…

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Oct

16

Reasons to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11

End of support is coming for older versions of Internet Explorer.
Beginning January 12, 2016, only the current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. Microsoft recommends that customers running older versions of Internet Explorer upgrade to the most recent version, which is Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

What are the benefits of upgrading to Internet Explorer 11?
Internet Explorer 11 is a consistent, reliable browser platform for enterprise web apps. Most large organizations have a wide variety of web apps that have evolved over the past 20 years. Only Internet Explorer 11 offers the security, manageability, performance, backward compatibility, and modern standards support that large web app portfolios need. Read more

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Jul

16

Online Safety For Kids

As a parent, keeping your kids safe online is a constant challenge.  It helps to start young at teach your children what information is private and should not be shared.  The Federal Trade Commission has a great web portal with many resources and stories to help education your children.  Especially check out:

Check out the FTC Web Portal.

Jun

9

Five Common Scams Directed at Seniors (and How to Avoid Them)

One of our favorite sites, Lifehacker, has a good article about some common scams targeting senior citizens and some tips on how to avoid them.  Scammers and identity thieves prey on all types, but some of the most vulnerable—and often targeted—by those criminals are senior citizens. From convincing “reverse mortgage” ads to aggressive calls claiming to be from the government, Lifehacker discusses five more common scams directed at seniors, and how to avoid them or help your relatives avoid them.

Read the article.