June 2010 Breaking News
Getting constant phone calls, but only dead air or recordings when you answer?
You could be targeted in a new scam directed at stealing money from your accounts, according to the FBI. The new scam combines an earlier "phishing" attack (when thieves stole your account numbers and/or passwords) and a later attack tying up your phone (a "denial of service" attack) so that your financial institutions can not reach you for verification while the thieves clean out your accounts. Read the FBI consumer alert.
Summer Vacation Coming Up?
Read this Identity Theft and Privacy Primer before leaving the house. Why? "When you travel, your risk of exposure to fraud and identity theft may increase," says the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, author of this excellent primer.
May 2010 BREAKING NEWS
Facebook has announced major changes in the way it allows you to handle privacy decisions—and the changes are good. It's easier to make sure you control who sees your private information, not Facebook. But here's the rub…
Looking to buy a home? The deadline for qualifying for the first-time and existing owner homebuyer tax credit is April 30, 2010. This IRS page has more details.
Looking for information on the Toyota issues? Check out this one stop resource from The Center for Auto Safety.
What do you need to know about Facebook's new privacy settings? Check these resources.
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How to Opt Out of Receiving Facebook Ads Based on Your Real-Life Shopping Activity and The Disconcerting Details: How Facebook Teams Up With Data Brokers to Show You Targeted Ads
These articles from the Electronic Frontier Foundation explain what the targeted ads mean to your privacy and show you how to opt out of them.
A Parent's Guide to Playing It Safe With Kids and Cars
This booklet from safercar.gov provides information about the safety features in today's vehicles, installing car seats and keeping kids safe in and around vehicles.
Mobile Apps Gallery
Check out the mobile apps and sites offered by USA.gov. Categories include travel, news, business, medical, health and fitness, education, utilities, and reference.