false credit alert

False Credit Alarm!

Erroneous fraud alerts are on the rise.  However, banks are now less likely to completely block transactions at the point of sale thanks to real-time tech features.

 
By: Jennifer Liu

Frequently purchase with plastic?

Then you might have noticed that your bank has become a little trigger happy when it comes to credit fraud alerts lately.

And thanks to the recent uptick in financial data breaches, you can start expecting them more often.

According to a recent survey from CreditCards.com, four in 10 Americans have had a transaction blocked or questioned by their card company—and of these alerts, …

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The Power to Predict

Predictive Analytics: The power to predict who will click, buy, lie, or die. The computer literally learns from data how to predict the future behavior of individuals.

 
By: Eric Siegel

You have been predicted — by companies, governments, law enforcement, hospitals, and universities. Their computers say, “I knew you were going to do that!” These institutions are seizing upon the power to predict whether you’re going to click, buy, lie, or die.

Why? For good reason: predicting human behavior combats financial risk, fortifies healthcare, conquers spam, toughens crime fighting, and boosts sales.

How? Prediction is powered by the world’s …

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Identity Theft

Signs of Identity Theft

A few days ago Anthem notified its members that it was the target of a sophisticated external cyber attack. Although the company states that based on what they know now, there is no evidence that credit card or medical information were targeted or compromised.

In light of this news, we recommend that everyone, not only Anthem members learn how to protect themselves from identity thieves.

If you suspect that someone is misusing your personal information, acting quickly is the best way to limit the damage. Setting things straight involves some work.

How Do Thieves Get Your Information?
“I thought I …

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2015 CES International Highlights

Although, there were many interesting exhibits at the 2015 CES, I visited only areas that might interest baby-boomer women.

 
From the many interesting exhibits at the 2015 CES, I selected the following products for my review:

AURIA

If you use earphones to listen to music or podcasts while on the move, this product will interest you. I tested them and was surprised to learn that I could hold a normal conversation with the representative while listening to music. The design is different in that they don’t actually fit into the ear canal but conform to your ears and sit …

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privacy

Protect Your Personal Information

Look for privacy statements on websites, sales materials, and forms you fill out. If a website claims to follow a set of established voluntary standards, read the standards.

 
Today, it’s quick and easy to get a credit card approved, transfer money from one account to another, renew your driver’s license, fill a prescription from your doctor at your local pharmacy, use store loyalty cards, and purchase products online. But you pay for this convenience by providing more opportunities for your personal information to be changed, stolen, or reported inaccurately. Companies can also use the information you have shared to …

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reverse mortgages for seniors

Reverse Mortgages for Seniors

You can complete an application for reverse mortgages by contacting an FHA-approved lender, if you meet the borrower and property eligibility requirements .

 
Reverse mortgages are increasing in popularity with seniors who have equity in their homes and want to supplement their income. The only reverse mortgage insured by the U.S. Federal Government is called a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage or HECM, and is only available through an FHA approved lender.

If you are a homeowner age 62 or older and have paid off your mortgage or paid down a considerable amount, and are currently living in the home, …

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Long Term Care

Just beginning to think about long term care? Protect your family and make your decisions known to them. Long term care is more than just insurance.

 
Many people think the phrase “long term-care” refers to an insurance policy. While insurance may be part of your strategy, long term care encompasses everything from long term services and supports and finances, to where you will live and how you will navigate the myriad of legal, family, and social dynamics along the way.

Long term care is a range of services and supports you may need to meet your personal care needs. …

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Too Nervous to Shop Online?

The biggest concern for all online shoppers is entering credit card information on the seller’s web page. Follow these tips and minimize your risk.

 
By: Natasha Morgan

If you’re a shopper who enjoys going to a store, searching for items and talking to sales people, then making purchases online would not appeal to you. However, if you’re like many of us who finds shopping tiresome, the internet could save you time, energy and maybe even money.

Secure Online Shopping
The biggest concern for all online shoppers is entering credit card information on the seller’s web page. Naturally, this should …

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credit cards

How to Shop Online Securely

The temporary credit card for online shopping works just like your regular card and the merchant will never know that it’s not your real card.

 
By: Natasha Morgan

If you’re like most of us, you cringe when you enter your credit card information for online purchases. After all, how do we know that the merchant is honest?

Truth be told, we don’t. There are so many scams circulating the internet and many of the shysters are technically clever. They can set up websites that resemble those of name brand names and add security logos that are meant to make …

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Become Financially Organized

Women who take care of their family schedule, hold a part-time job or run a home-based business, are particularly at risk for losing track of their finances.

 
By: Rosette Summer

Whether you are retired, a stay-at-home mom or managing a career, becoming financially organized is important to you. Women who take care of their family schedule, hold a part-time job or run a home-based business at the same time, are particularly at risk for losing track of their finances.

According to the US consensus, 5.4 million women are stay-at-home moms. Their 24-hour work schedule often leaves them too fatigued …

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junk mail

You Can Reduce Unwanted Mail

Sending mail that looks like it is from a government agency when it is not, is illegal. With one exception, sending mail that looks like a bill is also illegal.

 
What can you do about the growing pile of unwanted mail in your mailbox and unwelcome telemarketers on your phone? Actually there’s a lot you can do.

* Tell companies you do business with to remove your name from customer lists they rent or sell to others. Look for information on how to opt out of marketing lists on sales materials, order forms and websites.

* Utilize the services …

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career building

In Your Career Everyone Is Important

When you spread goodwill among the people you work with, you’ll find that your career is positively impacted, often in ways you could never have foreseen.

 
By: Ben Carpenter

“I hardly ever work with her; it won’t matter if I’m a little late sending her those documents she asked for.”

“Why should I thank him for that? It’s his job!”

“She’s just a temp. What does it matter if I gave her the brush-off?”

Have you ever said (or thought) any of these phrases, or something similar? If so, you may be doing more damage to your career than …

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Health Care Post Retirement

Many have not started planning for the financial and medical realities that come with getting older. Do you know your options and costs for health care post retirement?

 
By: Cathleen Toomey

As the last of the baby boomers turn 50 this year, they are ready to redefine what retirement means to them, but have not done all their homework on costs. A recent national survey conducted among boomers ages 50-69 commissioned by RiverWoods, a Type A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Exeter, NH, found while some have put thought into the retirement lifestyles they would like to …

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glass shelves

Installing Your Own Glass Shelves Saves Money

Most glass shelves will appear to float along the wall, allowing light to pass through them. This makes the surrounding area feel more spacious and luxurious.

 
Glass shelves can add a unique touch aesthetic appeal to your home, especially when placed in areas like your bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen. Most glass shelves will appear to float along the wall, allowing free flowing light to pass through them. This can make the surrounding area feel much more spacious and luxurious.

When placed over a medicine cabinet, glass shelves are quite versatile, and blend in nicely with current décor. Since everyone’s …

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Leather Sofa

Decorate Your Living Room with a Leather Sofa

Leather sofas offer several options for decorating the living room to create a space you can enjoy. Below are a few tips on decorating that living space.

 
The living room space of the home is an area that must be comforting and inviting. In the living room area, you relax with your family, converse with friends and enjoy your time away from work. You can make this area a place of rest or entertainment. In most families, this area of the home is used for television viewing or gaming, for a fun way to spend time with family and …

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