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Shop, Pay and Save with PayPal

August 25, 2014 |

If you think your PayPal account is only good for completing transactions on eBay think again. Not only is PayPal accepted by hundreds of online merchants, but using the service can actually help save you money on your favorite brands and products with exclusive discounts, coupons and other great offers. Read More

3 Top Tax Software Options: Which One is Best For You?

April 3, 2014 |

It’s April, which means tax time is approaching. Have you filed your return yet? If not, time is quickly running out. But don’t bust out the paper 1040 forms - that is so old-school. More and more taxpayers are switching to online software to prepare their taxes because it’s quick and easy. Plus, they can ensure they get all the deductions possible, which means a bigger return – the ultimate goal. But with so many software choices, which one is right for you? Read on to learn the pros and cons of our top three choices. Read More

Four Tips for Safe Online Shopping

January 31, 2014 |

Online shopping is a convenient way to buy gifts, clothes and even daily necessities such as food, paper products and other household items. You can choose from a wide array of stores and purchase items in your pajamas, without leaving the comfort of your own home. However, this convenience is not without risks. Every time you buy something online, you are giving out personal and financial information that can be used by others to steal your identity, drain your bank account or max out your credit cards. Find out how to protect yourself without missing out on online deals. Read More

5 Ways to Get Free Help with Filing Your Taxes

March 22, 2012 |

As sure as the sun rises, taxes must be paid. Every year by mid-April Uncle Sam needs his fair share. Forking over money for tax preparation seems inevitable, but there are actually lots of completely free resources available. Depending on your age, income level or whether you've served in the military, you could benefit from completely free assistance with filing your taxes.

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Do Your Old Tax Returns Need a Second Look?

February 6, 2012 |

Have you seen those commercials H&R Block is running? Seemingly real people have their old tax returns reviewed and find out they have thousands of dollars coming to them. H&R Block charges $29 to review your 2010, 2009 or 2008 tax return, but is it worth it? We asked tax professionals their opinion about whether we should pull out our back tax returns with hopes of finding hidden cash.

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6 Tips for Safe Shopping on Cyber Monday

November 28, 2011 |

Shoppers spend more than a billion dollars on Cyber Monday. With all that money changing hands it's important to keep cyber security in mind. Studies show that two-fifths of shoppers have stopped or abandoned a purchase on a website in the last year because of a safety or security concern. But when the deals are hot there's a risk of forgoing online safety in the name of a good deal. Keep these simple tips in mind in order to stay safe on Cyber Monday.

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Have You Been Hacked?

March 8, 2011 |

Have your friends been sending you text messages asking when you went to England and how you lost your wallet?  Have you suddenly sent around emails to everyone in your address book containing nothing but a link on how they can make easy money without leaving their homes?

If so, your email account has probably been hacked.

The first thing to do is change your password.  Make it a strong one:  tough to crack, containing no real words and several non-alphabetical characters.

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Got Skillz? I Don't!

February 11, 2011 | 1

I mentioned back on Monday that this is "Just Say No to Powerpoint Week." I had no idea that there was such a week, but then again, that's what Weird Holiday Mondays are all about.

I'm the only person ... Read More

Back to School, Virus-Free

June 25, 2010 |

If you're outfitting a student with a new computer for the coming school year, don't forget to keep it protected.  A good friend of ours learned firsthand just how important this is.

When she graduated high school, my husband ... Read More

There's an App for That

March 30, 2010 |

Back when the Internet Explorer browser's most famous features was its Swiss-cheese security, my husband urged me to switch to the Mozilla Firefox browser.

There was no turning back.  I'm hooked by its easy-to-use tab system and vast selection ... Read More


January 22, 2010 |

I've started getting those little reminder messages every time I turn on the laptop:  my antivirus subscription will run out in 10 days.

We'll be taking care of that ASAP, because I am extremely impressed with my antivirus protection ... Read More