• GOOD NEWS: CREDIT FREEZES
    WILL SOON BE FREE FOR EVERYONE
    • Starting this fall, the big three credit reporting agencies will be required to let you freeze your credit file for free. A freeze can help prevent identity thieves from applying for credit cards, opening bank accounts or taking out loans in your name.

  • MAJOR CREDIT CARD COMPANIES
    ARE CUTTING SOME OF THEIR PERKS
    • After years of offering an ever-expanding menu of perks to their cardholders, several major credit card companies are going in the opposite direction. They're eliminating or reducing the value of some of these extras. Is your card one of them?

TRAVEL ALERT: HIDDEN OR UNEXPECTED FEES CAN BREAK YOUR VACATION BUDGET
Travel is expensive — and unless you’re careful, it’s easy to bust your budget. Hidden or unexpected fees can quickly add hundreds of dollars to the tab. Here are four expensive fees to watch out for.
 
HOW TO SPOT (AND AVOID) FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PRIZE SCAMS
Crooks have discovered social media big time. It’s free, they can use it anywhere in the world and it’s very effective. Victims can lose thousands of dollars before they realize they didn’t win that sweepstakes or lottery.
 
MISSPELLING A WEB ADDRESS CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS TROUBLE
Typos happen! Just one wrong keystroke could send you to a “typosquatter’s” look-alike site that can install malware, steal sensitive personal and financial information, or even lock up your computer. Here’s how to protect yourself.
 
HOW TO SQUEEZE MORE MILES OUT OF EVERY GALLON OF GASOLINE
Gas prices keep going up. The nationwide average for a gallon of regular is now about $3 a gallon. Know this: The biggest impact on your fuel economy is the way you drive. Here are some simple ways to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy.
 
SOME SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY AT THE PUMP
The cost of a fill-up keeps going up and that’s putting a squeeze on some family budgets. A simple way to reduce the pain at the pump is to shop around for the best price, something most motorists don’t do, according to a recent survey.
 
TRUST IN FACEBOOK DROPS 66% SINCE CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA
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.
 
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.
 
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.

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