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Mobile apps raise security, privacy issues
A investigation reveals that mobile shopping apps may be accessing your phone's camera, text messages, flashlight and more ... (See More)
How to replace a lost or stolen gift card
The reason so many of us love gift cards -- they're a lot like cash -- is also the reason they can be hard to replace when they're stolen or lost  ... (See More)
How domestic abuse victims can create a secret financial escape plan
Domestic abusers often keep their victims in the dark about money, so establishing financial independence for an escape may require some stealth ... (See More)
‘Speaking of Credit’ by Barry Paperno
How closed accounts affect your credit score
No matter who closes an account, the account holder or creditor, it will impact credit scores. How much depends on overall credit utilization. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
'Friend' stole your card? Go to the police
When someone you know fraudulently uses your credit card to rack up a big debt, you need to file a police report in order to clear up your credit. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Sub-750 FICO? Rewards card options limited
Most rewards cards are targeted at people with FICO scores of 750 and above. But if your credit is in the "good" range, you still have a few options. More...
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Debt registry lets debtors check if a collector is legitimate
Can a data warehouse help consumers check out debt collectors when they demand payment on an old bill? A new company is taking aim at one of the big problems with debt collection ...  More
Why my kid's extracurricular activities won't be like mine
With the recent birth of her first child, blogger Kelly Dilworth wonders whether she and her husband will ever be able to afford the same kinds of summer and after-school enrichment programs they enjoyed growing up ... More
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