Protect Your Rights & Identity

  • New tool catches scam artists before they catch you

      

    Use this new online tool to pre-empt scammers. Avoid having your wallet emptied by crooks

  • Banking's Wall of Shame: Is Your Institution on It?

      

    If your credit card issuer is mistreating you, or if you're having trouble with your mortgage lender, you've got a new place to turn for help. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...

  • How To Opt Out of PayPal and eBay's New TOS That Could Spam You

      

    On the eve of their planned split, ebay and PayPal have announced new terms of service for both sites that have raised concerns about the possibility of unlimited spam texts and robocalls...

  • Are Password Clearinghouse Websites Safe?

      

    Recently on the show, I talked about the problems with crooks tapping into financial websites and stealing your money. Most of us use simple, easy to crack passwords that don't help the...

  • Starbucks app user? How to protect your account

      

    Buying a cup of coffee with the Starbucks app could drain your wallet if you don’t do this.

  • Small Businesses Should Consider Breach Insurance

      

    If you have a small business, there's a new insurance policy I recommend to protect you in the event of a data breach. Why small businesses need breach insurance We hear so much about...

  • The right way to post a negative review

      

    Posting a bad review about a restaurant online can get you sued. Here’s how to avoid time in court.

  • Don't Give Your Social Security Number at These Places

      

    When should you give your Social Security number and when should you not? My rule on giving out my Social Security number is that I don't do it, unless I know it's absolutely,...

  • Facebook Messenger Could Be Used to Spy On You

      

    If you use Facebook messenger to chat with your friends (and millions of us do), you might want to hear about what one man has discovered! Aran Khanna, whose website identifies him as a student...

  • Your Guide to Medical Breaches: Anthem, Premera, and CareFirst

      

    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...

  • #1 Way To Safeguard Your Starbucks App Account

      

    There's an emerging problem with the Starbucks app and stored-value cards that could drain the money out of your account or worse. Starbucks hack impacts customers One in 5 purchases at...

  • How To Fix Errors on a Credit Report

      

    Remember the woman who sued Equifax for $18 million because they wouldn't fix errors on her credit report even after she diligently stayed on top of them for 2 years? Having black marks...

  • 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...

  • Is Your Password Too Easy To Hack?

      

    Do I have a special warning for you about your passwords that is going to unsettle you. But don't worry, there's also a simple solution you can put in place too! Make your password hard...

  • 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...