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  • Donald Trump Jul 30, 2019

    Capital One Data Breach: What You Need to Know

    One of the country’s biggest credit card issuers, Capital One Financial, is the latest big business to be hit by a data breach, disclosing that roughly 100 million people had some personal information stolen by a hacker. The alleged hacker, Paige A. Thompson, obtained Social Security and bank account numbers in some instances, as well other information such as names,...

  • head Jul 5, 2019

    Here's How Criminals Use Stolen Passport Information

    The theft of as many as 5 million passport numbers from the Marriott hotel chain last year continues to worry consumers worried that criminals were using their information for fraud or even travel. Unlike credit card data or personal Social Security numbers, there are few mechanisms in place to alert consumers that their passport numbers have been stolen and possibly...

  • PRESIDENT Mar 25, 2019

    Money Woes Force More Couples to Put Marriage on the Back Burner

    These days, being young and in love just isn’t enough....
    Sky-high rents, record-breaking student loan debt and stagnant wages have caused many millennials to delay marriage, children and home buying, studies show....
    “We not seeing 20-somethings getting married, we are seeing 30-somethings and it’s still just as hard to stay married,” said Peter Walzer, the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial...

  • VMS Feb 7, 2019

    Virginia Mom Worried About Process to Freeze Children's Credit

    There’s growing concern from parents about a new law that’s actually meant to help them protect their kids from identity theft. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has the important information you need to know.

  • United States Nov 30, 2018

    So You Stayed at a Starwood Hotel: Tips on Data Breach

    If you stayed at one of Marriott’s Starwood hotels in recent years, hackers might have information on your address, credit card and even your passport. The company said Friday the information of as many as 500 million guests at Starwood hotels has been compromised and Marriott discovered that unauthorized access to data within its Starwood network has been taking place...

  • Daniel Macht Sep 26, 2018

    Here's How the Fed Rate Hike Will Impact You

    With the Federal Reserve’s latest quarter-point interest rate increase (and still more likely to come), the pressure is mounting for consumers. The Fed’s eighth hike in two years pushes the federal funds rate target to a new range of 2 to 2.25 percent. That rate is closely tied to consumer debt, particularly credit cards, home equity lines of credit and...

  • United States Sep 21, 2018

    New Law Making Credit Freezes Free Nationwide Takes Effect Friday

    Credit freezes and unfreezes with the three major credit reporting agencies will now be free for consumers as a federal law passed in response to the Equifax data breach goes into effect Friday. Beginning Sept. 21, consumers can freeze their credit file with TransUnion, Experian and Equifax, without paying any fees. Credit freezes helps prevent identity thieves from opening lines...

  • Daniel Macht Aug 27, 2018

    Your Credit Score May Have Just Gone Up. Here's Why

    Your credit report might be getting a makeover. And the three-digit credit score we all carry around, which can determine how likely we are to get a favorable loan to buy a house or a car, could be moving up as a result. The reason behind the potential boost is a change in the way the three major credit rating...

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2018

    The Fed Didn't Raise Rates This Time, But Will Again. Here's How to Prepare for the Next Hike

    The Federal Reserve did not raise interest rates Wednesday, but it did set the stage for a September hike. That gives consumers time to firm up their finances. Fed officials, including Chairman Jerome Powell, have already raised interest rates twice this year and pointed to two more increases before the end of 2018. Yet just last month, President Donald Trump...

  • EQUIFAX Jan 31, 2018

    Deadline to Sign Up for Free Equifax Credit Monitoring Is Jan. 31

    After disclosing a massive data breach last year, Equifax said it would offer consumers one year of free credit-monitoring. However, consumers only have until Wednesday, Jan. 31 to sign up. The credit reporting company also said it would waive the fee for credit freezes through January 31. But as the deadline approached this week, the company extended it to June...

  • D.C. Sep 26, 2017

    Equifax CEO Steps Down in Wake of Huge Personal Data Hack

    Embattled Equifax CEO Richard Smith stepped down Tuesday, less than three weeks after the credit reporting agency disclosed a disastrous hack to its computer system that exposed the sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans. His departure follows those of two other high-ranking executives who left in the wake of the hack, which exploited a software flaw that the company...

  • United States Sep 15, 2017

    Answering Questions About Credit Freeze

    A credit freeze is a smart way to prevent identity theft in the wake of the Equifax breach, but it can be a hassle. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan is answering questions about credit freezes.

  • CONGRESS Sep 14, 2017

    FTC Probing Equifax After Massive Data Breach

    Equifax, already facing lawsuits in the wake of its disclosure last week that it exposed vital data like Social Security numbers of about 143 million Americans, is the subject of a Federal Trade Commission investigation as well, the federal agency told CNBC Thursday. The agency does not usually comment on investigations but did so because of the massive scope of...

  • CONGRESS Sep 13, 2017

    New Lawsuits, Gestures to Customers in Equifax Data Breach

    Equifax faces new lawsuits and is trying to make new gestures to customers in the wake of its disclosure last week that it exposed vital data like Social Security numbers of about 143 million Americans....
    It’s already come under fire from members of Congress, state attorneys general, and customers....
    Here’s the latest on what you need to know about the...

  • CONGRESS Sep 11, 2017

    Getting Up to Speed on the Equifax Data Breach Scandal

    Equifax has been scrambling to explain itself since disclosing last week that it exposed vital data about 143 million Americans — effectively most of the U.S. adult population. It’s come under fire from members of Congress, state attorneys general, and people who are getting conflicting answers about whether their information was stolen....
    Here’s the latest on what you need to know...

  • Atlanta Sep 9, 2017

    Equifax Breach Sows Chaos Among 143M Americans

    A day after credit-reporting company Equifax disclosed that “criminals” had stolen vital data about 143 million Americans, it had somehow managed to leave much of the public in the dark about their exposure, how they should protect themselves and what Equifax planned to do for those affected....
    The breach is unquestionably serious. It exposed crucial pieces of personal data that criminals...

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