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FTC Returns $4 Million to Consumers in Debt Collection Settlement
Jul 2, 2015 - In a win for consumers across the country, the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has begun mailing 95,000 checks totaling approximately $4 million to consumers who lost money to extortion, following a settlement with the collection agency responsible. The FTC settled charges in 2014 against Asset Capit...
Customer Service Survey Scams: Don't Fall for Them!
Jul 1, 2015 - Scammers are creative when it comes to devising schemes to try and steal your identity and money, and the BBB and the AARP have been warning consumers about such a scam lately regarding fake customer service surveys. These days, lots of businesses try to entice customers by offering gift cards, c...
Is Facebook's New PGP Encryption Secure?
Jun 30, 2015 - In early June, Facebook announced that it's adding the ability to add a PGP encryption key for its users. On its blog, Facebook said it's "very important to us that the people who use Facebook feel safe and can trust that their connection to Facebook is secure." The social media company provides ...
How Do You Pay for Your Purchases?
Jun 29, 2015 - When it comes to making purchases, we all have that go-to payment option. Whether it's a debit card, a credit card, cash or a check, it's the way we prefer to pay for in-person or online purchases. But why do we always reach for that one option? Is it the safest way to pay, or just [...]
Samsung Keyboard Flaw: What You Need to Know
Jun 23, 2015 - Samsung mobile device users should be aware that a vulnerability has been discovered which could allow hackers to take full control of your phone or tablet. Discovered in November 2014 by mobile security firm NowSecure, the security flaw is with the updating mechanism for the built-in keyboard ap...
What Is Identity Theft Anyway?
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information, such as your Social Security number, name or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. A thief could take out a mortgage in your name or commit a crime and pretend to be you when caught. Thieves can even use your personal information to apply for a job or use your medical insurance!
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