30 09, 2014

Protect Yourself – Practice Safe Internet Banking: Part II

2014-09-30T06:00:37+00:00Protect|0 Comments

This is the second of two posts on safe internet banking. To view Part I, click here. As use of the Internet continues to expand, more banks, credit unions, and thrifts are using the Web to offer products and services or otherwise enhance communications with consumers. It’s very important, however, for consumers to check and confirm that any company they might do their banking with is [...]

23 09, 2014

Protect Yourself – Practice Safe Internet Banking: Part I

2014-09-23T06:00:44+00:00Protect|0 Comments

The first of two posts on safe internet banking. As use of the Internet continues to expand, more banks, credit unions, and thrifts are using the Web to offer products and services or otherwise enhance communications with consumers. It’s very important, however, for consumers to check and confirm that any company they might do their banking with is legitimate and that their deposits are insured. For [...]

25 03, 2014

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

2014-03-25T06:00:33+00:00Protect|0 Comments

Identity theft continues to top the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints, and American consumers reported losing over $1.6 billion to fraud overall in 2013, according to the FTC’s annual report on consumer complaints released today. “Americans of all ages are vulnerable to identity theft, and it remains the most common consumer complaint to the Commission,” said Jessica Rich, director, Bureau of Consumer Protection. [...]

19 02, 2014

How’s Your Credit?

2014-02-19T06:00:49+00:00Borrow, Protect|0 Comments

It almost goes without saying, good credit is vital to enjoying many of the important things in life. Our homes, our children’s higher education, automobiles and many other purchases are quite often financed based on our credit. So it is important to have and maintain good credit.  Of course, as part of that, you need to: Buy only what you can afford Borrow wisely Pay bills [...]

13 12, 2013

Don’t Be Hooked By a Phishing Scam

2013-12-13T06:00:43+00:00Protect|0 Comments

Evidently the business of sending phishing emails is profitable. How else can one explain the many pieces of email we receive that, one way or another, are trying to get us to do something that won't be good for us. Since it's unlikely this flood of subterfuge will stop, it's prudent to on guard and recognize a phishing email before we make a mistake. On a [...]

6 12, 2013

Managing Household Records: Part II

2013-12-06T06:00:32+00:00Protect|0 Comments

This is the second, and last part, to the discussion about managing your household records. To view Part I, click here. We began Part I with the following quiz: How long should you keep a copy of your tax return? How about credit card bills? Do you have your birth certificate, your education records, or military service records? How long should you keep them? How long should [...]

17 10, 2013

Managing Household Records, Part I:

2013-10-17T13:30:32+00:00Protect|0 Comments

Here' s a quick quiz: How long should you keep a copy of your tax return? How about credit card bills? Do you have your birth certificate, your education records, or military service records? How long should you keep them? How long should you keep your bank statements, insurance policies, and contracts? How about the records of the kitchen remodeling or new bathroom? And, of course, the [...]

11 09, 2013

New School Year – Help Your Kids Be Cyber Smart

2013-09-11T06:00:08+00:00Protect|0 Comments

Federal Trade Comission: Consumer Education Blog August 30, 2013 by Aditi Jhaveri Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Back to School Smarts With your kids heading back to school, you might be hoping they spend more time with their noses in a textbook than with their eyes glued to a screen. And since you know they’ll be spending time online — socializing, sharing photos, and downloading apps — take [...]

4 09, 2013

Timely Advice for Emergencies from the CFPB

2013-09-04T10:23:49+00:00Protect|0 Comments

 Prepare Your Finances for Emergencies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) BY DAN RUTHERFORD DEC 6 2012 Hurricane Sandy reminded us that disasters – storms, fires, floods, earthquakes – can happen to anyone, and when they do you have little time to react. If you had to leave your home in an emergency, you would only have minutes to choose what stays and what goes, and your financial [...]

29 08, 2013

Good Advice for Young People Just “Leaving the Nest”

2013-08-29T11:48:34+00:00Protect, Spend|0 Comments

Setting Out on Your Own: Money Management and Credit 101 by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Consumer Information Blog August 20, 2013 Whether you’re heading off to your freshman year of college or getting your first apartment, preparing to be out on your own can be fun and exciting. It also means taking on new financial responsibilities. The decisions you make now about how you manage your money can affect your [...]

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