The news is filled with pressing threats these days, both domestic and internationally. But while the average person may dismiss it, cyber attacks may be the biggest threat to our safety and way of life.

In fact, the recent ransomware attack has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries so far. Ransomware is ...

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The business of BIG DATA

Every time you use your smartphone to Google something, every time you tag your location on social media, and definitely every time you buy something online, companies are collecting your data. In fact, most major retail brands, companies, and online sites that sell products or services are carefully “mining” your sensitive personal and financial data, reselling it to third-party data collection companies who then analyze, ...

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pet-industry-growth

The U.S. pet industry is barking, biting, and booming like never before.

Do you own a pet? Chances are, you either have a beloved pooch or frisky feline in your care, and if so, you probably spend a hefty sum of money keeping them fed, healthy, happy, and even entertained. In fact, the pet industry is one of the largest niche segments of household discretionary spending, and has even proven to be recession proof over the last 5+ years. Of course we can’t measure our love for the loyal family dog ...

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Can you escape Big Brother in our modern society? (Part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of this blog, we relayed the story of how a young writer named Henry David Thoreau moved to a remote path of woods by Walden Pond in 1845, where he built a humble cabin and lived a Spartan existence. When Thoreau emerged more than two years later, he had produced the manuscript to Walden, a memoir that trumpeted the virtues of simplicity, as well as the perils of conformity to modern industrial society. And while that was ...

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credit-scores-and-presidential-candidates

Kanye West, late night TV, and favorite presidential candidates are just some of the wild factors that predict our credit score.

Your credit score is based on a lot of factors, like how much debt you hold, your history of paying on time, and the length of time you’ve held positive credit accounts.

But is it possible that what kind of music you like, what you watch on late-night TV, and even what kind of phone you use is a telltale sign of if you have excellent or poor credit?

WalletHub.com did an extensive survey of 1,000 individuals, and then normalized the ...

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Bringing it back: 25 Facts about retail returns (including abuse and fraud!) in the U.S.

Americans returned 8% of their purchases last year – including return fraud and abuse, costing retailers and merchants $15.9 billion annually.

1. Estimates of the total U.S. retail industry sales in 2015 are right around $3.256 trillion.

2. An astounding 8% of all retail merchandise was returned, which amounts to $260.5 billion in returns!

3. Abuse and fraud (abuse has a pretty wide definition) constitutes 6.1% of all returns, costing retailers $15.9 billion.

4. U.S. retailers lose around $9.6 billion annually on return abuse, and $14.8 ...

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