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Dec 19, 2013

How to handle Target’s data breach

19 (Reuters) – If you think yours was one of the 40
million credit or debit cards involved in a data breach at
Target, security experts recommend a policy of watching
and waiting: Watch the account you used at the retailer on a
daily basis, and wait, because there’s no telling when it will
be tapped by thieves.

With the information that was obtained in the data breach
between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 – cardholder names, card numbers and
the three-digit security codes – crooks can use them for online
transactions or manufacture duplicate cards.

Dec 19, 2013
Dec 18, 2013

Costs add up for Fido or Tabby when pet owners travel

Dec 18 (Reuters) – Whether or not you take your pet with you
on vacation, it will likely be expensive.

So what is the best choice for the estimated 144 million
dogs and cats (not to mention all the fish, birds, snakes and
others) as their owners travel over the winter holidays?

Dec 18, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 9, 2013

How to answer those year-end charity appeals

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – As the year nears its close, charities are making their final appeals – hoping to raise as much as they can during the traditional season of giving. But how do you decide if a charity is going to be a good steward of your money, or if your cash will go to the cause you would like it to?

Individuals, who account for 75 percent of giving, donated $277.2 billion to charities in 2012 and are on track to boost that by nearly 12 percent this year to $285.7 billion, according to Rob Mitchell, CEO of the Dallas-based charity-focused economic forecasting firm Atlas of Giving.

Dec 4, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 27, 2013

Smartphone apps for last minute pre-shopping

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – Attention, shoppers: If you just decided to join the Black Friday shopping crunch but didn’t prepare well, don’t despair: Just pick up your smartphone. It could be your new best friend.

Even if you haven’t invested a week or more reading sales circulars, you can play catch up with the latest mobile shopping applications.

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      "Mitch Lipka is editor of and is a veteran consumer columnist, editor and reporter. Most recently, he led a 10-person consumer reporting team at AOL’s personal finance channel, He received the 2010 New York Press Club award for best consumer writing on the web and is the 2011 Best Friend honoree from Kids in Danger for his work covering child product safety. Mitch has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Consumer Reports. The opinions expressed here are his own."
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