Protect Your Rights & Identity

  • 5 things you need to know after any data breach

      

    Word is just starting to break from the Wendy's restaurant chain about a "possible credit card breach at some locations," according to cyber-security site...

  • New medicare cards won't display Social Security numbers, but the change may take a while

      

    Concerns over the growing threat of identity theft have led to several changes in the health care industry (as well as other industries) -- particularly surrounding the use of Social Security...

  • If your password is on this list, it's time to change it

      

    Despite all the warnings and horror stories about fraud and identity theft, many people ignore the risks associated with using words like "password" as their password -- usually with the...

  • Identity thieves are using call centers to carry out scams

      

    You probably aren't surprised anymore when you figure out that a customer service representative you're talking to is actually half-way across the world somewhere in a call center. But...

  • Beware of this chip credit card scam!

      

    October 1, 2015, was the deadline for retailers and credit card issuers to switch over to using the new EMV credit cards, which contain a chip that's meant to fight fraud by generating...

  • Know your rights with debt collectors

      

    The phone rings for the 1,000th time and it's a debt collector again. Do you have any rights? What are they? How to deal with debt collectors When a debt collector harasses the wrong...

  • Online shoppers: Protect your financial privacy

      

    Buying season is still in full swing, and so are the scammers. Here are some steps you can take to keep your financial info safe when shopping online.

  • Qkey offers a safer way to browse and shop online

      

    So much of what's popping up at CES 2016 is about security and your protecting yourself online. Qkey is a device that lets you store personal info on it enabling you to safely browse and shop...

  • Company must pay after making workers clock out for bathroom breaks

      

    A Pennsylvania company that publishes business newsletters was ordered to pay $1.75 million in back pay to employees who were forced to clock out to take short breaks to use the...

  • Customer catches Starbucks cashier stealing credit card info

      

    A California woman expected to receive the Starbucks drink she had ordered and go about her day. But while the customer waited for the cashier to return with her credit card and...

  • Companies that stink: 2015's customer service Hall of Shame

      

    Want to know who's on the fail list when it comes to customer service?  Based on actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against bad financial...

  • Record, Paperwork and File Keeping

      

    The amount of records and paperwork you should keep is actually more limited than you might think. Here is advice from Money Adviser (a publication of Consumer Reports) on what to keep and for how...

  • 4 ways to spot fake online reviews

      

    The power of collective wisdom is an amazing thing. Thanks to technology, you can tap into endless online reviews to help you do everything from book sweet accommodations at an unknown hotel in an...

  • 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...

  • Your doctor may not be keeping your personal info as secure as you think

      

    HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, is a federal law that protects your personal medical information -- meant to keep it private...