Breaking News: World-Wide Computer Hack

A global cyber-attack called the "WannaCry Virus" has hit over 150 countries, including the U.S.

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Concerned About Your Privacy Online? Try These Tips

Everyday there seems to be another threat to your privacy online. Your privacy is threaten by advertisers and social media tracking you online, the collection of your browsing and search history by various sources, the collection of your data by Internet service providers (including your wireless provider) and many other methods that collect our personal information.

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Identity Thieves May Have Stolen Tax Info through FAFSA Tool

A rite of going to college is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Anyone who has filled out the FAFSA knows how complicated it is. To help make it easier to fill out the form, the U.S. Department of Education created a Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) which could be used to retrieve the required tax information directly from the IRS.

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Q&A: Refundable Credits

Dear Liz: A friend of mine received a 2016 tax refund of over $9,000 even though this person did not pay nearly that amount in taxes over the course of the year. My friend has a fairly low-paying job with no benefits, is a single parent of two young children and receives no support from the children's other parent. Given this scenario, is it possible to get a tax refund in an amount greater than what you paid in taxes?

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The Dangers of Randomly Clicking Links (and Using 'Free' Services)

Randomly clicking links on the internet can get you in big trouble!

How? Ever heard of ransomware? Malware? Or of course the good old spyware and viruses?

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How Do You Pay Your Bills? Online or Off.

We all have bills to pay. Whether it's the rent, mortgage, utilities, credit cards, or loans, bills must be paid in some way. Some people choose to write checks. Others pay online. Still others use a combination. What method works best for you?

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Q&A: Gift? Or Not a Gift?

Dear Liz: We are planning to build an addition to our home so that my mom can move in with us and will take out a loan to pay for it. Let's say that we put down $50,000 and take out a loan for the remaining cost of $150,000. After the addition is built, my mom will sell her house and with the proceeds she will give us $200,000 to pay for the cost of the addition. Is this considered a gift? Or is it considered payment for a place to live (i.e. she gets something in return), and therefore it is not a gift?

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Tips for Spotting Fake News

Fake news. There's been a lot of discussion about it recently. While bogus stories and advertising cloaked as stories have been around for a long time, the Internet and now social media have helped to spread them quickly to more people. Being skeptical about the news or any information is a good idea no matter the source.

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101 Ad-Proof Tips!

We're living in a world of advertisements, or ads, for short. Ads are everywhere around us, they're embedded in everything, and a lot of these ads don't even look like ads!

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Technology Has Changed the Way We Work

Many people credit technological advances to job displacement. However, it also has led to innovation and increased access which has created jobs for individuals on the shared economy.

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Q&A: Should We Set Up a Will or a Living Trust?

Dear Liz: I am 48 and my wife is 45. Should we set up a will or a living trust? Which is better?

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Don't Fall for Tax Time Scams

Scams occur all year round but some types of scams peak during tax season. The IRS publishes a list of the worst of the tax scams each year called the "Dirty Dozen." Many of these scams make the list year after year. This report highlights the several of the scams.

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Q&A: Missing 401(k)

Dear Liz: I worked for a company during the late 1990s. When I left, I had a 401(k) worth approximately $10,000. I recently found an old 401(k) statement and called the plan administrator. I was told my company's accounts had been transferred to another plan administrator in 2008. I called the new administrator and was told they also could not find my 401(k) using my Social Security number. How do I proceed? What are my options?

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Searching for a Facebook Customer Service Number? Don't.

Have you ever searched for a customer service number online? NPR's All Tech Considered while working on a story decided to search for Facebook Customer Service. Prominently displayed at the top of the Google search results was a phone number. That number will get you a person but not from Facebook.

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