Much Abuzz About Bitcoin By Judy Heft

Much Abuzz About Bitcoin

Bitcoin was already at the top of my mind this weekend when it surpassed $7,500 in value. A friend of mine in the tech business had asked me why I hadn’t already jumped on the Bitcoin train, and I didn’t know — so I asked my financial adviser the same… Continue Reading..
You Can Have Your Debit Card—And Authorized Users, Too! By Judy Heft

You Can Have Your Debit Card—And Authorized Users, Too!

Recently I was interrupted during a fabulous vacation by a call from the bank. Thankfully they weren’t calling about the card I was intending to use for the check, but they did have some concerns about something else that is dear to my heart: one of my clients. The bank… Continue Reading..
IRS Lays Down The Law With Its Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

IRS Lays Down The Law With Its Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

The following alert is republished from an IRS webpage that can be found here. Taxpayers need to watch out for identity theft especially around tax time. The IRS continues to aggressively pursue the criminals that file fraudulent returns using someone else’s Social Security number. Though the agency is making progress… Continue Reading..

TL; DR*: Facebook Privacy Settings (*too long; didn’t read)

TMI. Oversharing. Airing your dirty laundry. These are all things that existed before the internet, and while they made for entertaining gossip in 1995, today they have become too commonplace to really enjoy—and their consequences too dire. Social scientists have researched this phenomenon and applied an old theory to it… Continue Reading..

Keeping Your Social Security Number Secure

Being vigilant about your privacy is a necessity in today’s world, and nothing is more important to protect than your Social Security number. Unfortunately, many businesses - and the federal government - are not as careful with citizens’ numbers as they should be. While colleges and universities have ceased using… Continue Reading..

Tax Return Identity Theft

Recently I was talking to an accountant friend of mine and he was telling me about one of his clients who had fallen victim to a serious scam. It all started when this person received a notice from the IRS telling him that he was due a refund from his… Continue Reading..

Identity Theft on Campus

20% of identity thefts are friendly fraud. Fraud done by people you know. College students are especially at risk because of the social nature of living in dorms. It’s not uncommon for students to let someone else borrow a laptop - and they rarely, if ever, create a second user… Continue Reading..
Judith Heft | What's in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

I recently read an article in the New York Times about the balance between work and family. Specifically, how some women choose to keep their maiden names because they have built a career using it -- and how many of those same women change to their married name in order… Continue Reading..

Identity Theft: Falling Through The Cracks In A Foreign Land

Imagine falling through the cracks. It’s a scary feeling to find yourself in, especially if you are in a foreign country. But that’s exactly what happened to my friend Jane -- not her real name. She was abroad during a recent vacation when the ramifications of identity theft reared their… Continue Reading..