Fake Tax Bills and the Affordable Care Act

Over the last  few weeks, the IRS has reported high number of fraudulent attempts to milk taxpayers with a supposed CP-2000 notice. These notices are sent either through email, or stamped into an envelope and sent directly to home addresses. These fake statements are asking citizens to pay off a remaining balance in relation to the Affordable Care Act health coverage. The scam was started to take advantage of the penalty taxpayers without proper health coverage have to pay.

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Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Living in the twenty first century, our personal information is transmitted on a daily occurrence. From logging in to a website, or swiping a credit card at the local store, it becomes disturbing to consider how many viable options someone has to intercept important information and potentially cause a disaster for another. The first step in protecting yourself is through awareness and knowing how to secure your private information. Here are several ways you can protect yourself. Read more



Stay Safe Online: 5 Security Tips that Help

It has always been essential to protect yourself online. However, in the wake of big data collection, the fact that privacy is getting harder to come by and ransomware viruses like the Hitler virus that can hold your computer’s content ransom– staying safe online is even more important.

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Protect Yourself Against Medical Identity Theft

Retailers and websites aren’t the only entities victimized by hackers and large data breaches.

Medical identity theft is on the rise. In 2015, Blue Cross Blue Shield suffered a hack as three of their largest health insurers were victims of major data breaches with an estimated 92 million records affected. Read more



Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud at Gas Stations

“Consumers typically worry about credit card fraud when making purchases online or conducting ATM transactions, but over the past few years, fraudulent credit card activity has taken the form of gas station scams that use technology to victimize patrons. The key to staying safe is understanding how to protect yourself from identity theft and credit card fraud.”

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Why Re-Using Passwords is Not a Good Idea

Are you a “Password Re-user”? Do you use the same passwords for multiple websites?

Think of your password as a key. When you re-use passwords for multiple websites, you are essentially only using 1 key for multiple areas of your online life.

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Financial Security Tips for Seniors

More often senior citizens are the target of financial abuse. A recent study by the American Associate of the Retired Persons (AARP) shows that people age 50 and older are easy targets for financial abuse because they expect honesty in the marketplace and are less likely to take action if they become victims of fraud. Read more



5 Ways to Build up Your Emergency Fund

In life emergencies happen. Sometimes we are prepared and sometimes we aren’t. When it comes to potential financial emergencies, we can be prepared. Starting and building an emergency fund is a great way to be prepared and also helps give you more security and peace of mind.

Listed below are 5 ways you can build up your emergency fund:

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5 Tech Security Tips Everyone Should Know

Life Hacker recently posted a list of the Top 10 Tech Security Basics that Everyone Should Know. Listed below are the top 5: Read more



What Does the Privacy Policy Really Say?

Privacy policies – most if not all reputable websites have them.  Privacy policies are helpful in telling website visitors about which information is being collected and tracked.  However, typical privacy policies are long and full of legal jargon that can be overwhelming and dare I say boring to the average website user.  Let’s face it, most people don’t ever read them. Read more



Top 20 Pin Numbers You Shouldn’t Use

Recently, we posted the top 10 usernames and passwords you shouldn’t use , because they were both easy to guess and common, which increases your chance to get hacked.  Did you know that the same principal applies to pin numbers as well?  Listed below are the top 20 most common pin numbers: Read more



Top 10 Usernames and Passwords You Shouldn’t Use

Is your computer safe?  Did you know that hackers can brute force their way remotely, into your computer?  Listed below are the top 10 usernames and passwords to avoid using: Read more