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What Do You Need to Know About the "Heartbleed" Bug?

By now you've probably heard of the "Heartbleed" security bug that may affect many of the web servers on the Internet. What is the impact of this bug? That's what makes it scary to some people. While the bug has existed for quite some time, affected servers can't tell if hackers exploited it. If hackers did, they might have gotten usernames, passwords, or other personal information.

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Don't Have Health Insurance Yet? March 31 is the Deadline

3/28/14

The Open Enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act ends on March 31, 2014. If you are required to have health insurance and don't get it by March 31, then you won't be able to get private individual insurance from your state's Health Insurance Marketplace or directly from an insurance company until open enrollment begins for 2015. If you start the application process on Healthcare.gov but can't complete it by Monday March 31st, you will be allowed to complete it. The penalty in 2014 for not having insurance is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child, up to a maximum of $285 or 1 percent of income, whichever is higher.

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Beware of Extensive Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers

On March 20th, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported that this is the “largest ever” phone fraud scam targeting taxpayers. The scammers have collected over $1 million from the thousands of victims.

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Do You Know How Much Data is Being Collected about You Online?

Many of us spend many hours a day online for work, shopping, bill paying, and fun. We choose to provide some of the sites we visit with our personal information. But did you know that there is a whole industry that collects information about us – with and without our explicit permission. They collect information such as the sites we visit, what we search for, what we buy, and forms we fill out.

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Watch Out for WhatsApp Scams

WhatsApp has been in the news lately. That can make it a popular target for scams. Here’s a little background. WhatsApp offers a text-messaging service for mobile platforms. Users of the service can also send voice messages. They’ve just announced that they will be adding voice communications this spring.

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Another Data Breach Reported. This Time It’s Yahoo Email

Yahoo has reported that there was an attempt to gain access to email accounts using usernames and passwords from a breach at a third-party site.

Yahoo is resetting passwords on the affected accounts and has implemented a two-step sign-in verification for users to re-secure their accounts. The two-step sign-in requires a second password that is used just the once.

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April 2014

Mobile Device Security: Basic Tips to Protect Your Data from Thieves and Cybercriminals
Here are some tips that will help you protect your personal information and data and that are easy to implement.

Outlet shopping: Getting your money's worth
Here are some tips for getting a good deal at outlet stores.

Don't be a recycling identity theft victim
This item from Consumer Reports shows why it's important to shred or tear up personal documents before you recycle them.

Lighting Choices to Save You Money
This article from Energy.gov describes the various types of energy efficient lightbulbs.

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