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More Passwords Stolen—This Time From Yahoo

site login boxA list of 450,000 usernames and passwords from Yahoo's "Contributor Network" has been posted on the Internet. The passwords were not encrypted. Yahoo has confirmed that usernames and passwords were compromised. An analysis of the data by a security site determined that the list also contains username and passwords for other online services.

What should you do? Change your Yahoo password, even if you haven't used their "Contributor Network." In addition, change your password on other online services such as Google or Facebook. If you use the same passwords on other sites, change them too.

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How does ruling on the Affordable Care Act affect you?

US Supremen CourtThe June 28 Supreme Court ruling upholding the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act has many consumers wondering what this may mean for them individually. Because the news is full of thousands of stories reporting reactions and possible responses from groups and individuals throughout the political spectrum, it is hard to located balanced stories that look in a measured way at what implementation of the current law may mean for individuals. Here we provide a link to three consumer impact stories. In the coming days and weeks, we will add appropriate new pieces as they are published.

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Do You Use LinkedIn? Then Change Your Password Today

LinkedIn logoA list of 6.5 million stolen encrypted passwords has been posted on the Internet. LinkedIn has confirmed that some of those passwords belong to its members. LinkedIn has disabled the passwords on the compromised accounts and will send emails to those members with instructions for resetting their passwords. The emails will not contain any links.

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Are Twitter's Policy Changes Good for You?

Twitter logoTwitter recently announced changes to their service and to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These changes provide more details about the information they collect and how they use it; describe the various ways you can set your preferences to limit, modify, or remove the information they collect; clarify the limited circumstances in which your information may be shared with others; and clarify how your relationship with Twitter works.

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Child Identity Theft: Stolen Financial Innocence

 

By Emily Driscoll

fp_childidtheftThe phone rings as your toddler plays with his toys on the floor. You pick up the phone as usual, only this isn’t a friendly call--it’s a credit card company demanding payment for thousands of dollars.

At first you think that your account has been hacked. Then the collector says that the bill is for your toddler, blissfully unaware of the serious financial and legal consequences ahead for you.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon recently conducted the most extensive study on child identity theft to date and found that the rate among children in the report who had their Social Security Number used by someone else (10.2%) was 51 times higher than the adult identity theft rate (0.2%).*

Child identity theft is a severe problem for a number of reasons. A child’s age can allow fraud to go unreported for years, even decades. By the time it’s discovered, the damage to their credit history may be difficult to legally dispute or irreparable altogether.

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Calling out Medicare Scams

senior couple with phone and laptopMedicare scams come in many forms. A very common scam offers "free" medical equipment or services but you have to provide your Medicare number. The most recent scam of this type targets people with diabetes. Callers are claiming to be from Medicare and are offering free testing supplies. That's a red flag as Medicare never makes calls offering supplies or services.

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