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Hackers Steal Target Shoppers’ Credit, Debit Card Info

Posted on 12/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsHackers have stolen confidential data from as many as 40 million credit and debit cards that shoppers used at Target stores from the day before Thanksgiving until December 15. The data breach reportedly extends to nearly all of Target’s 1,797 stores nationwide and involves the hacking of machines at checkout lines on which customer swipe their cards when making purchases. So far, there’s no indication that payment data was stolen concerning online purchases from Target, the nation’s second-largest retailer. News of the …

4 Steps to Smarter Donations

Posted on 12/10/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsCharities typically receive more than 40 percent of their donations in the last few weeks of the year. Some December donors are motivated by the season’s mantra of giving. Others are eager for an eleventh-hour tax deduction before the year-end deadline. All should take four simple steps to get the most bang from their donation bucks: 1. Do your homework. The major and most useful watchdogs include Charity Navigator, CharityWatch and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. They rate charities on how they …

‘Overstock’ Name Is Hot Holiday Hoax

Posted on 12/5/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAmong the most common holiday shopping cons is cybersquatting, when scammers steal or slightly alter the name or website address of a well-known company to engage in rip-offs including identity theft, credit card fraud and sale of counterfeit goods. This holiday season, “Overstock” is certainly not being underutilized by scammers. The Better Business Bureau warns of a “noticeable trend” of phony websites using the word “overstock” somewhere in their domain name, “hoping to fool consumers into thinking they are shopping …

Cyber (Crook) Monday: 8 Tips for Safer Online Shopping

Posted on 11/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWhether your online holiday shopping begins Bird Day, Black Friday or Cyber Monday — or is already history — here’s a refresher course on how to do it more safely. Use a credit card. Payments can be withheld if there’s a dispute with a store, and if the card is stolen, you won’t have to pay more than $50 of fraudulent charges. With a debit card, you can’t withhold payments — the store is paid directly from your bank account. And …

Online at 50-Plus: Good News and Bad

Posted on 10/23/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyYou think you’re tech-savvy but you’re still doing risky things online? You’re not alone. So concludes the first-ever survey by software security firm McAfee that offers insights into the online habits of computer users aged 50-75. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter Key findings after interviews (done online, of course) with 1,258 folks past the half-century mark: *Nearly nine in 10 consider themselves to be equally or more tech-savvy compared to others their age. “Despite this proclaimed comfort level …

Vicious New Malware Steals Files Forever

Posted on 10/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyIt’s always a good idea to back up your computer files. But now, it’s a great idea. An especially nasty form of “ransomware” – known as CryptoLocker – was recently discovered that puts computer users at risk of losing their files forever. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter In most forms of ransomware, infected computers freeze up and are essentially held hostage until a ransom is paid. One common scheme: False messages claiming to be from the FBI, accusing you …