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Visa Wants to Track Your Smartphone

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Visa Wants to Track Your Smartphone

So does the headline creep you out? Before you get too worried you should know the whole story. Visa wants to track your smartphone so that when your Visa labeled credit or debit card is used, they can more accurately determine if you are actually using it, or if you are a victim of fraud. Sound any better now? Banks and credit card issuers how a lot of time, money and technology invested in trying to prevent credit card fraud. This type of fraud cost banks $11 billion each year! The idea behind this premise is that if your cell phone is in the same location as the credit card when it is...

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Motivational Passwords

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Motivational Passwords

In the last several months there has been lots of news about passwords. Accounts hacked, entire store customer databases stolen. But recently I heard an idea that I have never heard before, and I think it’s one worth considering… having helpful passwords. So what is a motivational password? A motivational password is one that accomplishes more than one task at a time. Of course, we want our passwords to secure access to whatever account or system with which we work. But what if the act of typing that password could reinforce for you a goal or desire? Now that would be a...

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How I Can Get a Key to Your House

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How I Can Get a Key to Your House

How hard would it be for me, or someone else, to get a key to your house? It has just become a little easier, and the “how” may surprise you. We’ve all seen the movie or TV show where the unprincipled person with a set of lock-picking tools in their pocket can defeat a door lock in under a minute to gain access. In the more flamboyant spy movies, you’ve seen the ruse where the attractive woman distracts a man, while the accomplice slyly picks his pocket, gaining access to his keys, rushes them out to a van, makes a quick imprint, and then goes back inside to slip the...

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Phone Scams and How to Avoid Them

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Phone Scams and How to Avoid Them

Phone scams are currently one of the biggest annoyances people face on a daily basis, not to mention a source of a lot of illegal activities. All it takes is one mistake, one slip up on the part of a consumer, and they will take advantage of you. Unfortunately, these scammers still find victims on the phone every day. Let me put this into perspective for you. Has anyone ever walked up to you on the street, or even to your front door, and handed you 100’s or even 1000’s of dollars? No? Me neither. The likelihood of that happening is more likely than someone on the phone calling to...

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Facebook Sued Over Privacy

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Facebook Sued Over Privacy

Facebook and privacy. I have written about it before. Facebook changes its privacy policy or its settings, and now something you thought was private is now visible to the world. Now we get to add another chapter to the story. The headline says it all: “Facebook Sued Over Privacy.” This time, however, it is not about Facebook taking your private pictures and sharing them with the world. It’s not about them changing your status updates from being visible to your friends to visible to all. This one is about those private messages you send to your Facebook friends. You know,...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 10: Don’t Drink and Drive… and Do Not Talk to the Police!

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 10: Don’t Drink and Drive… and Do Not Talk to the Police!

I know… you have heard it so many times before. Don’t drink and drive. It doesn’t seem like realistic advice to some; you may have heard the old joke, “Well then how am I  going to get home from the bar?” Even people who don’t typically drink or don’t drink very much will enjoy a drink during a Christmas party that they might not otherwise have. But speaking as someone who lost a family member due to alcohol and cars, I can tell you they don’t mix well. If you are involved in an accident where someone is hurt, it is a burden you bear the rest...

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