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How to Get Truly Free Credit Reports For Life

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How to Get a Free Copy of My Credit Report

Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act  (FACTA ) was a law passed by the US Congress in 2004. This act allows consumers to request and obtain a free credit report once every twelve months from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Continue reading How to Get Truly Free Credit Reports For Life

Protecting Your Passwords; Because You Really Only Have Three, Right?

You have exactly three passwords, don’t you? The first is one you use for all the logins that you don’t think house anything worth stealing. You use it when you are signing up for a Web site that you might not visit ever again. It’s the default password you deploy when you’re required to “create a free account” to read an online newspaper or RSVP to an e-invitation.

It was reading this excerpt that has caused passwords to become the number one area of concern to me in my online life.  Perhaps it the nearly daily email or DM on Twitter that I get from  friends hacked accounts offering to sell me little blue pills or the latest work from home scheme to the more sinister hackers stealing passwords account numbers and names address and social security numbers.

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Protect your Facebook in 5 Easy Steps

How to Change Facebook Security Settings

 

Recently I have been thinking quite a bit about the information that I share with others on Facebook.

If you are like me there are photo’s of your children, grandchildren and other members of your immediate and extended family. Mrs. Cobos like most of the women I know shares her maiden name so that her old school chums can find her.

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Morgan Stanley loses disks containing customers’ personal information

Morgan Stanley loses disks containing customers’ personal information

Another example of how there is no way to really keep  personal identification information safe! Continue reading Morgan Stanley loses disks containing customers’ personal information

How can you protect yourself from identity theft?

According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Justice, about 1.6 million households experience theft of existing accounts other than a credit card (such as a banking account), and 1.1 million households discover misuse of personal information (such as their social security number) annually. Here are some important tips for keeping your information safe and sound: