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Monthly Archives: September 2009

No Such Thing as Free Diet Help Posted on Sep 28

  Losing weight is not an easy task. It takes hard work, diet and exercise. Many people like to think there’s a shortcut to losing weight, and there are plenty of entities out there willing to offer a solution that might be more mythical fountain   …Continue Reading No Such Thing as Free Diet Help

Educating Students on Credit and Debt a Team Effort Posted on Sep 17

Educating Students on Credit and Debt a Team Effort

  Yesterday morning we officially kicked Project Credit Smarts, our effort to inform and engage college students on the issues of credit card and debt management (the photo above is of me speaking at the event). This is a huge challenge – with thousands of   …Continue Reading Educating Students on Credit and Debt a Team Effort

Where Can You Find a Half-Billion Dollars? Posted on Sep 15

  The answer to the above question, shockingly, is in the credit-card statements mailed each month to Boston-area college students. According to our estimate, college students in and around the city carry $533 million in credit-card debt. According to Sallie Mae, 84 percent of college   …Continue Reading Where Can You Find a Half-Billion Dollars?

Paying for What Used to Be Free Posted on Sep 10

  Your cell phone bill is likely just a shadow of its former self, and while companies may be saving bucks on printing and mailing, customers are losing convenience and an accustomed service. These days, consumers are being nickeled-and-dimed for newly invented (although not always   …Continue Reading Paying for What Used to Be Free

Support for Data Security Regulation Changes Posted on Sep 4

  Stephen Adams, the former New England small-business advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration, wrote an op-ed piece in today’s Boston Business Journal discussing our amended Data Security regulations. Give it a read: A dramatic new economic development effort was launched last week by   …Continue Reading Support for Data Security Regulation Changes

That May Not Be Your Bank E-Mailing You Posted on Sep 3

That May Not Be Your Bank E-Mailing You

  The other day, a friend of mine forwarded to me a classic e-mail phishing scam, the bank account that has been flagged for security reasons. This one, however, isn’t really one of the better ones. Here it is: While this one comes with a   …Continue Reading That May Not Be Your Bank E-Mailing You