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Category Archives: Personal Finance

Data Privacy Series: Spoofing Posted on Nov 18

Data Privacy Series: Spoofing Your bank emails you stating that a large, unauthorized charge had just been made to your account and asks you to verify your identity by providing your account number. Do you respond? Or say a site like PayPal emails you indicating   …Continue Reading Data Privacy Series: Spoofing

EMV and Chip Technology – Protecting Your Payment Cards Posted on Oct 30

Committing fraud by stealing credit and debit card numbers continues to grow as a major data security issue. But there is an effort underway by the payment card industry to include chip technology in payment cards to make your information contained on payment cards more   …Continue Reading EMV and Chip Technology – Protecting Your Payment Cards

Consumer Affairs Survey Finds Lower-Cost Options for College Textbooks Posted on Aug 22

Consumer Affairs Survey Finds Lower-Cost Options for College Textbooks

It’s about that time that students will begin to flock back to the Boston area and move into their apartments and dorms.  As they prepare for classes, one of the more expensive purchases will be their course materials, including the very expensive textbooks.  According to   …Continue Reading Consumer Affairs Survey Finds Lower-Cost Options for College Textbooks

A Guide to Your Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Posted on Aug 8

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a federal agency founded in 2011 and established in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The CFPB is tasked with educating and protecting consumers in their dealings with banks, credit unions, and other financial services.   …Continue Reading A Guide to Your Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Check Your Credit Report Regularly Posted on Jul 31

Check Your Credit Report Regularly

You can get your credit report for free once a year from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus at www.annualcreditreport.com. You can also get your credit score from the credit reporting bureaus for around $10.