5 Security Strategies for College-bound Students

If you are a college-bound student or the parent of one, you know computers and mobile devices are must-have tools for academic and social activities. But do you know the best ways to stay safe surfing, shopping, banking and socializing online?

College dorm: Students moving in

Study these tips to keep your personal information personal and protect your stuff while you’re away from home.

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Security Tip: It’s Now Free to Freeze Your Credit Reports

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

With so many data breaches occurring, it might be a good idea to freeze your credit reports to help fend off identity thieves. A credit freeze locks access to your credit, so even if crooks get ahold of your Social Security number, they won’t be able to open any fraudulent accounts because the credit freeze prevents it.

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Guard Against Fraud at the Gas Pump

Fraudsters are always looking for ways to separate you from your hard-earned money. One place where you may be most vulnerable is at the gas station, especially during the upcoming travel season. That’s because thieves install skimming devices on gas pumps that steal your credit or debit card information. They then sell the data, make fraudulent cards to withdraw cash from ATMs, or buy merchandise that they can sell.

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The Importance of Having a Will — a Personal Tale from The Money Coach

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

I grew up in a household of five girls in Los Angeles, where each of us had nicknames and reputations within the family and among our friends. The five of us were all one or two years apart: Cheryl was the oldest; then Deborah; next was Denise; then came me; and my youngest sister, Hope, was the baby of the family. My older sister, Debby, was known as the Goody Two Shoes of the family.

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