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How Hackers Use Stolen Information to Steal Your Identity (and More)

While America drowns in identity theft, hackers are drowning in stolen data. Maybe so much of it, it might actually take them some time to get around to you. But they will get around to you eventually so use the grace period to do all you can to minimize the damage when your number finally

Credit Sesame Wins IMA Outstanding Achievement Award in Financial Services

We have great news to share with our Credit Sesame users and fans! We’re excited to announce that the Credit Sesame Website has just been awarded the IMA Outstanding Achievement Award in the Financial Services category! The Outstanding Achievement award is the second highest honor bestowed by IMA, and is an extremely challenging award to

13 Ways the Law Protects Military Members’ Credit and Finances

Members of the armed forces who are deployed or called to active duty are protected by a law called the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, or SCRA. The law is meant to help the servicemember focus attention on the job at hand, protect his or her financial health and relieve some of the stress (often financial)

How to Avoid the Holiday Spending Hangover

This holiday season, the average household is expected to spend $684. While that’s a decrease of $51 from last year, it’s still a hefty expense for people to absorb during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since eating super-cheap PB&J for every meal isn’t really an option, you need to find some strategies to avoid

Links We Love: Crazy Credit Mistakes College Students Make

Taking a look at the best personal finance tips and advice from others around the web! This week we’re highlighting credit mistakes college students make, why keeping up with the Joneses will make you broke, warning signs that you’re living beyond your means, reasons your childhood directly affects how you deal with money — and more!

Why Did My Credit Score Drop?

A reader writes in, confused and looking for answers as to why her credit score would have dropped more than 50 points through no fault of her own. John Ulzheimer, credit expert for Credit Sesame, answers. “John, I’ve been tracking my credit scores through a variety of different places including Credit Sesame, and two of

Are You Ready for Your Own Personal Data Breach?

As increasingly powerful malware plunders and pillages its way through the checkouts and databases of businesses across the land, there could be a very vicious version of the same plundering coming to a village near you. How worried are you about malware? I mean really worried. It’s not quite the same as identity theft, right?