• HOW TO FIND THE BEST
    TRAVEL REWARDS CREDIT CARD
    • Rewards-based credit cards can add up to major savings – from free flights and hotel stays to upgrades and other money-saving perks. But these cards are not for everyone. And if not used wisely, they could cost you money.

  • TRUST IN FACEBOOK DROPS 66%
    SINCE CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA SCANDAL
    • Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress last week did nothing to restore user confidence in the social media giant. A new Ponemon study finds that only 28% believe Facebook is committed to privacy and 65% say they want Facebook to disclose how it uses the personal information it collects.

IBM REPORT: CYBERTHIEVES FOCUS ON LUCRATIVE RANSOMWARE
Data breaches are down, but ransomware attacks soar, according to a new report from IBM X-Force Red. The report raises an important issue: Is the cloud a safe place to store your private data?
 
EMPLOYERS CAN READ 'PRIVATE' SLACK MESSAGES WITHOUT TELLING WORKERS
Employers can monitor everything you do on any company-provided digital devices or work platforms. Even so, it’s easy to see how employees could mistakenly assume that by using Slack, the popular instant-messaging workplace collaboration tool, their direct messages are limited to those in their small user group.
 
SHOULD YOU DO YOUR TAX RETURN ON YOUR CELLPHONE?
All the major DIY software programs let you do it – even upload a picture of your W-2 forms, but experts say doing your taxes on your mobile phone may create a number of data vulnerabilities.
 
FRAUD ALERT: HACKERS ARE HIJACKING CELLPHONE ACCOUNTS
Fraudsters have figured out how to hack to online accounts protected by two-factor authentication, where the authenticating device is your mobile phone. They hijack your phone service to get those verification codes.
 
THE BEST TAX PREP SOFTWARE FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION
Consumer Reports is out with its annual review of the four major tax prep software companies: H&R Block, TaxAct, TaxSlayer and TurboTax. Which one is best for you? Also, you may be able to file for free.
 
FIGHTING POLLUTION BY SAYING 'NO' TO PLASTIC STRAWS
Environmental groups have targeted disposable drinking straws — that are not recyclable or compostable — for extinction. The ultimate goal: Prevent non-degradable plastic straws from polluting our beaches, waterways and oceans.
 
AMERICA'S FAVORITE SUPERMARKETS, DISCOUNT & DEPARTMENT STORES
Supermarkets and drugstores have figured out how to keep their customers satisfied, but many department and discount stores are slipping, according to a new report. And while the internet remains the most satisfying place to shop, even online stores are struggling to make picky customers happy.
 
THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF BUYING VIRTUAL CURRENCY - HACK ATTACKS
Security experts are warning that cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Ethereum and all the rest – like anything digital, are vulnerable to hackers. Criminals can break into crypto exchanges, drain crypto wallets and infect individual computers with malware that steals cryptocurrency. And they’re doing all of these malicious things right now.
 
HACKERS SCORED MORE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS THAN STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
IN 2017

Smarter cybercriminals are finding new ways to use stolen information to commit lucrative scams. And despite increasing efforts to stop them, the bad guys are winning. Identity fraud hit another record high in 2017. How can you fight back?
 
A BETTER WAY TO DEAL WITH THOSE CONSTANT INTERRUPTIONS
New research shows that a "ready-to-resume plan" can help beat back office distractions. A short list of where you left off and what you still need to do can help you disengage from what you’re working on and better focus on the immediate situation
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