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My Data. Your Business.

When it comes to sharing personal information, inform yourself, demand better privacy and protect the data on your devices and in your communications, by using ...

BBB Podcast: Better Business > Better Series & BBB Bistro

Join us for the new BBB podcast that will convene business and industry leaders to talk through the evolution of our ever-changing marketplace. ...

Scalping has Made Ticket Buying Trickier for Everyone

As venues begin to crack down on bots and ticket scalpers, individual buyers may be feeling the effects. ...

Bots: The Stealth Player in the Ticket Selling Marketplace

Buying tickets to the hottest show, game or event is hard enough. It's even tougher when you're going up against computer bots. ...

BBB’s Five Steps to Becoming a Smarter Back-to-School Shopper

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California offers the following five tips on back-to-school purchases: ...

MONEY

Waiting for a Tax Refund? There is a Good Reason for Patience

One of the top reasons people file their taxes early is so they can get their refund more quickly, but this year taxpayers may need to have a bit more patience ...

A New Way to Steal Chip Card Information

The newest tool for stealing credit card info is a 'shimmer.' These hard-to-detect devices are able to record information from chip cards, including the PIN. ...

Scammers Target Seniors with Fake Referendum Ballots

A new scam is targeting seniors, preying on fears that they could lose Social Security benefits. ...

How to "Freeze Out" Identity Theft

A security freeze locks down your credit reports, preventing identity thieves from establishing new lines of credit in your name. ...

Consumer Protection: Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards

Debit cards and credit cards both have their advantages, but when it comes to protection again unauthorized charges, credit cards have you covered. ...

TECHNOLOGY

FTC: Start With Security

The FTC has two new tools that can help your business navigate the connected world of the future, "Start with Security: A Guide for Business" and IdentityTheft. ...

The Future of IoT

What's next for the Internet of Things (IoT)? Are there any concerns at all when it comes to the man vs. machine generation? ...

Phantom Menace Strikes Again! Return of the Tech Support Scam

The newest adaptation of the tech support scam begins with a telephone call from a “tech” who claims to work for a well-known computer business. ...

Delivery Scam Steals Customer Info with Crafty Con

Everyone loves a surprise present... except when it's a scam. Be on the lookout for scammers who make you think you are receiving a package, but really want to ...

How to Spot the Real OPM Data Breach Letter

The U.S. government's Office of Personal Management (OPM) has been notifying those affected by a recent cyber security breach. Unfortunately, scammers are also ...