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Ransomware: Holding Your Computer Hostage for Money

The worst ransomware to date is freezing up computers until consumers pay scammers hundreds of dollars to supposedly implement a fix. Beware of this ransomware virus Crypto-Locker is apparently making the rounds and encrypting all the files on your computer hostage until you pay criminals $300 for them to unlock ...

Banks use smartphones to foil ATM skimmers

Banks use smartphones to foil ATM skimmers

Taking money out at an ATM can easily put you at risk for criminals to steal your money. How banks are trying to stop them.

Google Chrome browser adds virus protection

Google Chrome browser adds virus protection

A virus or spyware can put your cell phone or computer out of commission. Here’s what Google is doing to keep that from happening.

How to Prevent Medical ID Theft

How to Prevent Medical ID Theft

If your medical information is stolen it can wreak havoc on your life. But you can prevent someone from getting your private information.

Easy Way To Stay on Top of Auto Recalls

If you're concerned with auto safety, the government now has a notification e-mail system that will alert you to recalls for your specific make, model, and year of car. Here's a simple way to learn about auto recalls There are recalls of cars all the time. Some serious, like braking ...

 

Your Guide to Medical Breaches: Anthem and Premera

Medical records have become the hot new target of crooks looking to steal your identity. Some 1 in 4 adult Americans were impacted by the Anthem breach. But that number could be 1 in 3 now with word of the Premera Blue Cross breach. Another major health insurer hacked With ...

Social media apps can pierce your privacy

Social media apps can pierce your privacy

Marketers have started keeping tabs on your spending habits by monitoring how you use certain social apps.

Why credit repair companies are a ripoff

Why credit repair companies are a ripoff

Some companies claim they can help you clean up your bad credit. Why it's a ripoff and how you can avoid it.

4 Ways To Opt Out of Junk Mail

In the aftermath of the Anthem breach, I've recommended people do a credit freeze. Yet there's a question that has popped up again and again about what happens after you freeze your credit. When someone freezes their credit, they may get a letter in their mailbox asking if they want ...

Why You Need To Turn Paper Statements Back On

Another day, another report about major security breaches! I read recently about a ring of hackers figured out how to break into the big banks' back office system in the fall of 2013. To this point, at least $1 billion has been stolen. And that's the floor, not the ceiling, ...

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