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8 Ways to Avoid the High Costs of Data Theft

It is with good reason the words “data breach” and “data theft” can place fear and panic in the hearts and minds of people when they find out they have become the target of this type of crime. The financial costs of data theft can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. In addition, victims may feel violated and suffer from both financial and emotional stress as a result. But the good news is that there are ways to avoid data theft. Here are some of them. Don’t Give Out Information The act of stealing confidential, computer-based information is considered to be data theft, and it is occurring at an increasing rate for consumers and businesses alike. However, one of the simplest things you can do to help prevent personal data theft is to protect your information. Be careful when giving out your information online by making sure the person or company making the request really needs to know what they are asking for. In other words, legitimate businesses you already do business with will not send emails asking for information they should already have. Update Your Passwords I used the wording “update your passwords” instead ...

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The Cost of Commuting: How to Save Thousands on Transportation

Today we have a guest post for you from a new blogger, The Early Retirement Engineer. Most people that set out on a money saving expedition invest untold hours into coupon clipping and bargain shopping. While these can indeed save a few bucks, what if there was a simple way to save thousands of dollars every year simply by questioning and reorganizing an aspect of modern society that everybody now takes for granted, transportation? Let’s begin with the average number of miles per person driven in the US every year, 14,000. How much money do each of those 14,000 miles cost you? Hint: it’s a lot more than just the cost of gas. Every year, the IRS calculates mileage reimbursement rates that, in theory, equate to the average cost of driving. Fuel comes to only around 30% of the total cost, dwarfed by the 45% in depreciation, and followed by 12% in insurance. In 2016, with fuel astonishingly inexpensive, the estimated cost of driving 1 mile is $0.54, meaning the average driver shells out $7,560 (and hundreds of hours) every year for the privilege of sitting in a climate-controlled box while spewing out carbon byproducts and smog. In a two-driver ...

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6 Ways to Avoid Money Scams

Avoid Money Scams

Scams are everywhere these days, and as technology improves and changes, so do the tactics of criminals who are out to take your money. The good news is that there are ways you can avoid money scams. Here are 6 ways you can prevent yourself from becoming the next victim of a money scam. Pay Attention When Shopping Online The holidays are coming up, which means an increase in internet traffic for those who make purchases using the internet to whittle down their gift lists. As you shop, if you need to enter information on a computer, use caution and check to see of the URL of the page you are on starts with “https.” This means the site is secure using an SSL Certificate.  Companies must go through a validation process to get this certificate, and the “s” in “https” stands for “secure.” If no “s” is present, the site could be a scam. Email Scams If you don’t recognize an email address or sender, don’t click on any links or open messages. Watch out for subject lines that include promises like “free vacation” or “you’ve won!”. These suspicious emails are often a criminal’s way of phishing for your ...

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How to Save Money Without Missing It

How to Save Money without Missing It

Usually when you read a post about saving money it involves making drastic, and sometimes difficult, changes to your spending habits in order to achieve your budgeting goals. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a few changes, save some money without missing it, and not have to suffer from a complete upheaval of your life? I like my lifestyle and I’m personally not willing to go to huge extremes to save money and pay off debt. Of course, I still want to get more financially secure, but I’m not going to do things like sell my car and bike everywhere, or cut my own hair just to save a few more dollars. (My hair would be a disaster if I tried to DIY it.) Instead, I look for ways to make small changes and save money without missing it. Here are a few ways you might be able to do that same. Switch Off & Unplug Electronics If you aren’t using it, turn it off. This applies not only to the lights and televisions in your home, but to the appliances as well. Some can still use electricity while shut off, so whenever it’s reasonable to do ...

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Keep Your Eyes on Your Dollars

This is a guest post from Pauline of InvestmentZen.com I always thought the name of this site was a clever word play between Kim’s optometric career and her interest in personal finance. But the message goes further than that. You need to keep your eyes on your dollars or they will disappear before you know it! I am a bad example when it comes to tracking every penny, but once in a while, I will have that “spring cleaning” moment, where I scrutinize every line of my online banking statement to look for occurrences where my money disappeared without me noticing. Last week was one such week. I had been home, in Guatemala, for less than 10 days. Yet I noticed I had taken over $1,000 in cash out of my account. While I don’t know how much I spend exactly while I am there, $3,000 a month is far from it. Where did the money go? Well, there were a few expenses to fix my guest house after we had a hurricane damage things. There was a vet bill because a neighbor shot my dog. Yes, it was an eventful week. But after that, the rest was pretty much ...

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