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.
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.
Target Security Breach – What You Need to Know
Target has reported that payment card data has been stolen. The thieves obtained customer names, credit/debit card numbers, card expiration date, and the three-digit security code (CVV). Encrypted PIN data was also stolen. On January 10th, Target reported that mailing and email addresses, names and phone numbers were also stolen. The breach now includes data collected outside of the holiday period, as well as purchases that were made in a Target store (not online at Target.com) between November 27 and December 15, 2013.
Staying Updated on Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act
Because work continues on making the healthcare.gov site more functional and debate continues on what needs to happen to fix enrollment problems for health insurance, we suggest that you follow two blogs:
Planning on Giving to Typhoon Haiyan Victims?
The news has been full of pictures of the devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Many people want to help. Unfortunately, with disasters such as this, scams appear almost immediately. Many of these scams take the form of fake charities.
Is Your Home Ready for Winter Weather?
No matter where you live, winter weather can cause damage to your home. Taking time to prepare your home, inside and out, before winter weather arrives, can prevent problems. These resources provide tips for preparing your home.
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IRS Releases the "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams for 2014
Watch out for these scams during tax season. Identity Theft and phone scams lead the list.
Identity Theft Tops List of National Consumer Complaints for 2013
The FTC has the released the 2013 list of National Consumer Complaints compiled from over two million complaints. TLearn about the various types of identity theft, how to protect your identity, and what to do if you become a victim from the FTC's Consumer Information site.