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Shielding Kids From ID Theft

Submitted by Ryan J. Klekar and Janel Carroll Walker on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

Tax authorities demand to know why a fourth grader never reported thousands of dollars in income from a factory job. Collection agencies suddenly hound a college student for more than a decade’s worth of credit card debt. Shocking but true: Children and minors are actually almost as likely as adults to be victims of identity theft.

Are You Protected Online?

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 3:00pm

We feel safe in a diminishing number of places these days, and online sure isn’t one. Identity theft and cyberattacks seem to run rampant almost every day. How can you fend off intrusions that might cost you agonizing hours – not to mention a lot of money – to correct?

Protecting Your Plastic

Submitted by Wes Moss on Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 3:00pm

It seems that credit card fraud and major retailer breaches are just a part of our everyday life now. As these attacks continue and hit more often, the best thing you can do is to be informed on how to prevent and minimize the damage.

Time to Dump Your Bank?

Submitted by Phillip Shrotman on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 9:00am

Need a reason to change from your large bank? How about last summer’s mega-breach of JP Morgan, which compromised information on millions of households using Chase Bank? Automatic teller and overdraft fees higher than ever? Oh, you who long to flee, the day is almost here.

Investing Trends to Dislike

Submitted by Jim Ludwick on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:00pm

I’m uncomfortable about a number of issues now affecting financial consumers. Here are a few that possibly concern your very own investments – and future.

Target date funds (TDFs) insufficiently researched. A target date mutual fund contains a mixture of stocks, bonds and cash equivalents, rebalanced to reduce the number of risky assets as you age toward retirement.

Your Wealth Checkup (Pt. 2)

Submitted by Heidi Clute on Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:00pm

In part one we looked at budgeting, insurance and other details of your financial health. Here’s the continuing list of what you must do at least once a year to help keep your money working and your finances healthy.

Protect yourself from identity theft. Undoing the chaos that identity theft creates can take days of your time.

12 Ways to Thwart ID Theft

Submitted by Tom Orecchio on Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

More than 16.6 million people fell victim to identity theft in 2012 and lost a total of $24.7 billion, the Bureau of Justice Statistics says. If you don’t want to be one of them, prevention is simpler – and cheaper – than is a cure. Here are a dozen ways to help do that.

How to Prevent ID Theft

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:00pm

With technology come the cyber criminals who steal your identity, credit card numbers and bank account information. While you can’t eliminate all identity theft threats, you can reduce the risk with extra precautions.

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