A white gift box with a red bow on it with a tag that reads "to: you, from: a scammer?" Shop Smart this Holiday Season

The holiday season is full of joy. For most people, that joy comes from spending time with loved ones, getting time off work, or volunteering your for a charitable cause. But for scammers, it’s a different kind of joy.

Online security image of lock on keyboard Protecting yourself from identity theft and fraud

There are a few different options available to you to protect your personal data from being stolen or from being used for fraud (if already stolen) by hackers. Signal cannot give advice on what members should do, but we suggest members do some research and consider the pros and cons of each available option.

a young man writing Banking is about to get faster

Technological improvements have led to instant service in a lot of areas of our lives in recent years, including banking. All this technological improvement and sped-up timing have obvious upsides. But convenience has a downside as well: sometimes the pace gets to be faster than we are used to keeping track of.

For instance, in the past both the mail and check or payment processing took a couple of days, which some people might have found themselves relying on if they weren’t keeping good track of their account balances. That lag is about to go away.

Hand is holding a bunch of shredded paper Ten Reasons Shredding is Important

Whether it’s your clients’ or your own sensitive information, keeping confidential information secure is essential. Holding on to documents you no longer need which aren’t kept in a secure area can pose a threat to your identity and can cause a data breach. Ready to do some spring cleaning?

Mother hugging teenage son as he packs for college and he is embarassed Preparing Your Kids to Manage Money in College

The season is upon us when we’re getting graduation announcements and invitations. That also means that a lot of these kids will be preparing to go to college. There are a lot of financial pressures for a kid who’s new to the college environment that can amount to a financial burden that many college kids can’t bear. As parents, there are things you can do to help your college-bound offspring to manage their money effectively.

a young woman doing her taxes on a laptop 5 Common Tax Mistakes You Can Avoid

Some tax mistakes can turn into very costly headaches. Not taking the time to double-check that you signed your tax forms is one mistake. Can you guess the others?

a closeup of an electric vehicle charging dock Electric Car or Hybrid Car?

It’s fairly commonplace to see an electric car or hybrid car humming around the Beltway. In this new era of car-buying and energy efficiency, you might be wondering which one is right for you.