Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Some proactive ways to prevent identity theft, from CatalogChoice:
Restrict access to your social media profiles. Pay close attention to your privacy settings and the information you post.
Don't give out your zip code at the register. Your zip code allows retailers to easily find your entire address so they can send you mail.
Make it difficult to unlock your smartphones and tablets. If your mobile device goes wandering, someone else might be a simple finger swipe away from information meant for your eyes only. Be it a PIN, a clever password or zigzag swipe pattern, use it!
Stop the flood of junk mail. After the holiday season, enormous amounts of unsolicited mail fill our mailboxes. Reduce the amount of junk mail you receive with our free opt-out service.
Update Pa$$_w0rDz! There is no better time to update passwords than the beginning of a new year. Create strong, complex passwords that are difficult to hack, even for a professional.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
I'm proud to say that my friend, Helaine Olen, has a hit on her hands.
The former Los Angeles Times personal finance columnist (we both worked for the business section there in the 1990s) has a new book, Pound Foolish, that is racking up some terrific reviews (as I knew it would!) from some very prestigious sources.
I haven't read it yet, but I'm looking forward to downloading my Kindle copy!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Flu season is looking serious this year. (I got my shot!) Here are some quick tips from the CDC aimed at protecting your general health.
One minute or less:I heard Jared Diamond lecture last weekend; he's amazing. His No. 1 health worry is not cancer, diabetes or an exotic disease he might pick up on his travels. It's slipping in the shower.
Wash your hands
Protect your skin
Check cruise ship inspection scores before you travel
Place infants back-to-sleep
Five minutes or less:
Test smoke alarms
Do a skin and body check
Make an appointment (for medical exams, screenings, and immunizations)
Know the signs and symptoms for heart attack and stroke
Take care of your teeth and gums
Sounds silly, but it's not. Statistically, a fall in the shower leads more elderly people to decline and death than anything else. Happened to my mother and she was never able to live independently afterwards; she died within a year.
Note to self: Buy shower mats!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Making some resolutions for 2013? Here is a list of five things you can do to reduce your risk of identity theft, provided by Experian's Protect My ID website.
1. Lock up your social security card! Get it out of your wallet! Put this valuable card, along with all other important personal documents, in a safe, locked box or safety deposit box.
2. Don't share your Social Security Number (SSN) unnecessarily. Ask questions: Why do you need it? What happens if I don't give it to you? Who gets to see it? What are you going to do with it? Legitimate reasons to provide your SSN are limited and include: verifying identity for employment; establishing new lines of credit; participating in government benefit programs; and for tax purposes.
3. Invest in a good cross-cut shredder and USE IT! Destroy all documents that include personal identifying information (account numbers, birth dates, SSN, etc.). This includes those pre-approved credit card offers that fill your mailbox. When in doubt, shred it!
4. Consider investing in a locked mailbox. Additionally, make it a habit to take out-going mail to the post office and stop using your "come steal me" red flag.
5. Take the time to place passwords on all your accounts and change the old ones. This includes bank accounts, investment accounts, credit card accounts, etc. Be creative and use something that cannot be easily guessed by someone who may know you. A good verbal password is NOT the last four digits of your SSN, your mother's maiden name, your pet's name or anniversaries or birthdays. A random word, not associated with you or your life, is highly recommended.