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Tips to stay secure during tax season It’s everyone’s favorite time of year—tax season. Cybercriminals are positively drooling at the prospect of all that personal data out there on the Internet for the taking. So what’s the worst that can happen? In a couple words: identity theft. Nearly 250,000 new reports of identity theft were [...]
As the books were closed on 2016, many economic indicators were on the rise. Some signal good news for those in the market to buy a home. Housing Starts Surge For regions struggling with limited housing inventory, Housing Starts may provide some hope. December Housing Starts surged 11.3 percent from November. On another positive note, [...]
Here's how the scam works: Hackers break into a consumer's or real estate professional's email account to search for upcoming real estate transactions and closing dates. Then, hackers pose as the agent or title officer and email the homebuyer with a last-minute change to the wiring instructions. Should buyers wire money to the account, they [...]
2016 was the year of ransomware, with hackers focusing their attention on exploiting Internet users and businesses around the world for profit. Research shows no sign of this security nightmare slowing down in 2017. Hackers are becoming more advanced, and ransomware remains an incredibly easy, lucrative way for them to make money.
The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.16%, up from 4.13% last week. A year ago, rates were sitting around 3.97%. At the current interest rates, buyers will pay $21 more per month compared to a year ago, assuming a $241,000 price tag and 20% down payment. "I don't think anyone welcomes [...]
The New York Times has reported that there has been an influx of fake retail chain apps, such as Nordstrom and Zappos during the start of the holiday shopping season, and while they appear legitimate, if installed, cyber criminals can steal victims’ personal information and install Trojan horses that steal confidential information from smartphones and [...]