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Social Media Scams: What to Look Out For and How to Stay Safe

Social Media GraphicNew social media platforms seem to crop up all the time. The media moves at the speed of information, and it seems like overnight, Tinder and Snapchat went from complete unknowns to must-have apps. Each new technology offers something fun and unique to users, which is why the popularity of these apps has attracted so much attention.

Shopping Online? Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Shopping Cart Coming Out of ComputerShopping online is a pleasure. No traffic, no crowds, no searching for a parking spot, but you still need to protect yourself. While shopping on legitimate, well-known sites belonging to your favorite department store or specialty shop is probably not going to be a problem, lesser-known sites that come up when you’re looking for a bargain and Googling something specific could be places for concern. The same can be said for auction sites such as eBay and uBid.

Fall into Tax Planning!

Tax Planning clockThe leaves are changing. The nights are getting longer. There’s a cool breeze blowing and apples are falling off the trees. Everyone knows what that means: it’s tax planning time!

The Best Insurance for a Stolen Wallet

Man stealing wallet from woman's purseIt’s frustrating enough when it happens.

Your wallet is stolen. Not only have you lost cash, you probably have a driver’s license and credit cards to cancel and replace. Worst of all, you have the headache of identity theft to deal with. The best insurance is to be prepared.

Three Ways to Build Your Credit History before You Graduate

Hand with Pay Bills written on itIf you keep up with financial news at all, you know your credit score is one of the most important and widely circulated bits of information about you. It determines the outcome of many of your adult life decisions. The kind of car and house you can afford, the rates you’ll pay for insurance and credit cards, and even the kinds of jobs you can get all hinge on your credit score.

Remote Deposit Applications: The Convenience of the Future, Today!

Hands taking picture of check with phoneImagine you’re talking to someone who’s been in a coma for 20 years. They see you pull a device out of your pocket or purse that is more powerful than the biggest, fanciest computers from the last time they were conscious. What’s more, it’s got a GPS, a digital camera and enough storage capacity to fit the Library of Alexandria on it hundreds of times over.

Cell Phones with No Contract: What’s The Real Deal?

Cell phone graphicQ: I want to get a new smart phone, and was offered a deal with no contract. Is this a good deal, because I can drop it at any time if I find something better, or is there a catch?

New Credit Score Rules: What You Need To Know

Hand checking off Credit Score levelCredit scores are a serious source of worry for most folks. You already know they can affect interest rates on your loans, your car insurance payments, and even your job prospects. What you may not know is that the Fair-Isaac Corporation (better known as FICO), recently changed its rules governing the formulation of credit scores.

Early Retirement Costs You Might Have Missed and How to Save For Them

Two chairs under an umbrella on the beachRetiring early is the dream. You get to spend more time with your family and enjoy your hobbies while you’re healthy enough to do so. You can say goodbye to the working world and begin your permanent vacation.

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