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National iPod Day: Ode to the Original MP3 Player

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Today, October 23rd is National iPod Day. In late 2001, the very first iPod was made public. Apple cleverly spotted the rise of digital music and the lack of a suitable piece of hardware. For this reason alone, they developed a hard drive based MP3 player. As with their recent computer models, Apple was strategic in the way they designed and marketed their product. From the very start, the iPod was given a sleek, sexy look and its target market was the young, style continuous, and music enthusiasts. Apple created a superb brand with an all-white look, with the white earphones being featured prominently in advertisements.

 

The real outbreak for the iPod happened when Apple launched the 3rd generation iPod in 2003. These units came bundled with Apple’s own iTunes software that was compatible on both Macs and Windows PCs. This opened up a whole new market as they could now tap into the Windows users. To this day, Apple has a an impressive 90% market share of the hard drive based Mp3 player market, and 70% share of the MP3 player market as a whole.

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Apple has managed to keep their grip on the mp3 player market by releasing various versions of the iPod. The main iPod is now in its 5th generation and although the design is quite similar to the original, it has been made more compact and available with much larger storage capacities. The latest models can display color photos, even movies.

 

iPod Mini

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Apple’s first iPod spin off was the iPod mini. This mp3 player was fairly similar to the original although smaller in size. It was the first iPod to be available in different colors and was designed to target a slightly different market.

 

iPod Nano

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Apple decided to discontinue the mini in 2005, to replace it with the ultra-small iPod nano. These units are 62% smaller than the mini players and feature colored screens.

 

iPod Shuffle

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This is another ultra-small iPod and was the first flash drive based iPod. They only have a limited capacity of 512MB or 1GB and do not have a display screen. Users can either listen to the songs on the player in a random order or set a playlist in iTunes.

 

iPod Touch

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Apple unveiled the fifth generation on September 12, 2012. Improvements include a IPS display, 4-inch screen similar to the iPhone 5, Apple’s A5 chip, support for recording 1080p video and panoramic still photos via the rear camera, an LED flash, and support for Apple’s Siri since the iPhone 4S. Unlike older models though, this generation does not have an ambient light sensor.

 

The dominance of the iPod in the mp3 player market can be seen in other industries. In fact, cars are now being designed with docking ports to make it easier to integrate iPods to the in car system. Even clothes manufacturers are designing clothes with special pockets just to hold iPods. All manner of other iPod accessories are being created by various electronics companies.

 

So for National iPod day, let’s also take a moment to remember Steve Jobs, co–founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Thanks to him, we have our favorite tunes at the touch of our fingers right in our pocket.

 


 

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Mobile Security: The Scariest Things About Your Smartphone

 

phone malwareSmartphones are more than just mobile phones. A smartphone is a device with built-in functions of a personal digital assistant – a miniature personal computer. They have revolutionized our on the go lives. However with the prevalence of smartphones and all the benefits they bring, there is also a dark side to these devices. In spirit of the Halloween season, here are 3 of the scariest things about your smartphone:

 

Privacy is Thin

The scariest part of owning a smartphone is that very little information contained in its memory is actually kept private. Though the policies of the internet and service providers often differ, most of them comprise a provision for accessing the information of their users from any corner of the world. Over the years, the news has been full of stories about smartphones loaded with secret software that follows our every move and can easily track keystrokes.

 

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If you own a smartphone, you should know that you’ve basically given up a good chunk of your privacy. Your cellular carrier already has a record of every number you’ve dialed, every SMS you’ve sent, every website you’ve visited, and every place you’ve ever been too. 99% of the apps available on the market access your data for various reasons – make sure the app is worthwhile before approving unnecessary access to your data.

 

Viruses & Malware

Although viruses and malware on smartphones are less prevalent than that of a personal computer, smartphone viruses do in fact exist. However, the vast number of smartphone viruses usually attack jail-broken or modified devices. According to Craig Rosewarne, MD at Wolfpack and founder and chairman at Information Security Group of Africa, “The latest mobile malware statistics are alarmingly high, especially for Android, because it is an open platform.”

 

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Rosewarne also states that while Android has the global market share, the platform is also responsible for 97% of mobile threats detected in 2013. Referencing the latest mobile threat report from online security company F-Secure, he says more than 100,000 variants of malware were found on Android during 2013. “No new malware was found for BlackBerry, iOS or Window.” Rosewarne also warns the public of some “seriously scary” malware out there, this includes strains that can compromise sensitive information, like bank information.

 

Mobile Payment Systems mobile payment banking

We have seen a rise in financial transactions from mobile devices. Whether it is something as simple as sending funds via PayPal, or something more elaborate like scanning checks via your smartphone for bank deposits, never before has money so freely been transferred digitally. That is a scary thing. Just one wrong decimal place, one bug in some software could clear out your account.

 

Is your mobile payment system secure? Banks invest a lot of money into their security to prevent such potential hacking and cellular encryption technologies have made it far more difficult for casual criminals to hacks passwords or information by listening to radio traffic. But as the saying goes, there is no system that is foolproof. When money is “only digital”, that is a definite risk. If you go with digital, you are placing yourself firmly on “the grid”, with the ability to be monitored, tracked, and even hacked.

 

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With the advent of Apple’s mobile payment system known as Apple Pay, digital payments will surge in 2015. It utilizes the NFC transmission system, which has been proven to be vulnerable in the past. Apple’s iCloud was recently hacked, which means it is only a matter of time before hackers target Apple Pay.

 

Protect Your Bubble specializes in safe guarding everything in your life, including your smartphone and identity with our protection plans.  We also offer Snap Secure, a free mobile security app, free with our Identity Theft protection plan.

 


 

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The Scariest Road Trip Destinations in the US

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With Halloween approaching, haunted house tours are quite the draw during this time of year and the US is full of spooky locations that can have you running in the opposite direction. So if you enjoy creepy settings and the thrill of being scared, then these 5 scary road trip destinations are for you!

 

1. The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, LA

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Located in St. Francisville, LA, the Myrtles Plantation is marked as one of America’s most haunted homes. It claims to have witnessed 10 murders on its land and it supposedly houses 12 ghosts, if not more. The most well-known of its ghosts is Chloe. History tells us that Chloe was a slave owned by plantation owners Clark and Sara Woodruff. Throughout the years, different tales have surfaced. In one tale, Clark forced Chloe into being his mistress; in others, she was caught eavesdropping on Clark’s business manager and had an ear cut off as penance.

 

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No matter the tale, the event that lead to her death remains the same. One day, Chloe baked a birthday cake containing an extract of oleander leaves – that is, poison. Sara and her two daughters ate the cake and died, after which Chloe was hanged by the other slaves and thrown into the Mississippi River. So, if you’re feeling daring, why not spend a night there? It’s still a fully-functioning bed and breakfast.

 

2. Waverly Hills Sanatorium – Louisville, KY

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The Waverly Hills Sanatorium of Kentucky is so notorious that it’s been featured on at least seven different paranormal television shows. Originally a tuberculosis hospital, it opened in 1910, before the development of antibiotic streptomycin. Back then if you contracted tuberculosis, you were as good as dead and nobody would expect you to recover. As the urban legend goes, there were around 63,000 souls who died of the disease while at Waverly Hills—many of which are said to haunt the hospital still.

 

waverly hills wardThe legend that gets the most attention is connected to room 502. Legend has it that a nurse found out she was pregnant out of wedlock by the owner of the sanatorium. Furthermore, she had also contracted tuberculosis. An acute sense of hopelessness about her situation led her to hang herself in the room she was in at the time—room 502. Unfortunately, it looks like she never left that room. Would you stay in an old tuberculosis ward for an evening?

 

3. Lemp Mansion – St. Louis, MO

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This grand mansion may be a popular inn and restaurant in St. Louis, MO, but its past was not so pleasant. Visitors can experience the paranormal at this location as the mansion is marked by 60 years of tragedy for the wealthy Lemp family. At least 4 members of this doomed dynasty died in the house on DeMenil Place.

 

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William Lemp committed suicide in his home 1904. When the family brewing business went bad during the 1920s, his son Billy took his own life as well. In 1949 it was Billy’s brother Charles who committed the third suicide in the home. The fourth death in the family was a 13-year-old boy who was physically and mentally disabled. The boy lived his life hidden away in the attic, gazing out the window at the life outside until he died in that same room. Once can expect to encounter at least one of these spirits during the weekly ghost tour of the mansion.

 

4. Helltown, Ohio – Summit County, OH

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No, it isn’t really called Helltown, it also goes by the name, ‘Boston Village.’ But the legend has long ago associated the town with satanic activity that it earned the Helltown name. Founded in 1806, the town flourished until 1974, when Gerald Ford passed a bill allowing National Park service to create a park in the county. The Part Service bought several houses, intending to demolish them; but the homes were simply boarded up, and remained as such for years.

 

helltown ohio roadThese days, the buildings are all gone and the village no longer exists but the stories continue to this day. Stanford Road, for example, leads to a drop-off called “the End of the World.” The cemetery features a ghostly man, a moving tree, and grave robbers. The Presbyterian Church off of Boston Mills Road is said to have played host to satanic rituals and animal sacrifices. The Boston Mills Road Bridge is believed to be a crybaby bridge – legend tells us the tale that a baby was thrown from the bridge into the river below, hence any traveler on that bridge can hear the crying of a baby. It’s probably not a good choice to be prowling on this bridge late at night. You might not like what you see – or hear.

 

5. Clinton Road – West Milford, NJ

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Found in West Milford, NJ, Clinton Road is just about 10 miles long, but it’ll be the longest 10 miles you’ve ever come across. The drive is rumored to feel never-ending when you’re racing to keep ahead of the evil ghosts that haunt the road. This unwelcoming stretch of road has all of the makings for the classic urban legend – alleged paranormal activity, satanic rituals, and phantom trucks that send drivers on a wild ride. A more recent tale tells us that it was a dumping ground for a mob hit man known as the Iceman. No haunted thoroughfare is complete without a dead man’s curve, located about 3 miles into the hair-raising drive. But the worst part is that there are no exits on this lonesome highway.

 

These road trip destinations in the US are deemed as some of the scariest places to be traveling to. Will you charge forward or turn the other way around?


 

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U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-…Oh What Had Happened?

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Have you ever found yourself engrossed in a show or big sporting event just to have the TV suddenly cut out?  If yes, then we know your pain!  Despite the advances in technology today, our high tech electronic devices will eventually suffer mechanical breakdown.  Our protection plans are designed to cover you in events likes this and other accidents.

 

Watch what happens when the unexpected occurs.

 

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5 Ways to Deal with a Flight Delay or Cancellation

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Flight delays and cancellations occur more often than we like, and dealing with such scenarios is a stressful experience for most travelers. It’s much more stressful when unpredicted delays, disruptions, and cancellations occur because of many reasons like a passing thunderstorm, mechanical malfunctions, or a psychopath on the runway.

 

By knowing how to cope with delays and cancellations at the airport, you will be able to keep yourself busy and make the experience less stressful.

 

 

1. Check the Flight Departure Board

The flight departure board gives you a heads up on any possible problems. If you are seeing a number of flights delayed or cancelled that are ahead of yours on the same airline company, be proactive and speak to a representative of the airline to see if they anticipate any problems with your flight. They might be able to tell you that the hubs are very backed up. You can also call the 800 number of the airline. If your flight is delayed, try to find out how long of a delay is expected. This will help you assess how your travel plans will be affected.

2. Utilize Your Mobile Phonesmartphone

Time is of the essence. If your flight is cancelled, get in line as soon as possible for an alternative. While waiting in line, get on the phone and call the airline directly. Usually the airline representative at the call center can rebook you on a flight much faster than having to wait in line to speak to the gate or customer service agents. If you’re dealing with a delayed flight, call anyone who was planning to pick you up at your arrival airport to let them know your flight has been delayed. Also, be sure to load your phone with the airlines toll free phone numbers prior to your scheduled flight.

 

3. Ask What Your Options Are

It pays to have an outline of alternatives before you arrive to the airport. Most times you won’t need to take advantage of the alternatives, but with cancelled flights, the quicker you can act on those alternatives, you will be one step ahead of everybody else. If you do not want to have your flight re-booked, the airline can refund you the cost of your ticket.

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4. Stay Focused

Staying calm and being patient is one of the most important things you can do when there is a delay or cancellation with your flight. You should be mindful that especially in the winter there can be a number of things that can go wrong with flights. Play mind sharpening games in either real life or via mobile app.  Games like Sudoku, Chess, Tetris, and Bejeweled.

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5. Make Yourself Comfortable

When your flight is delayed, there is often little that you can do but wait. Think of the situation as an opportunity to catch up on some quiet time, remind yourself that getting stressed or panicking won’t change the reality of the situation. Try to take the delay in your stride. Listen to music, read a book, or get something to eat while you wait for your delayed flight.  Most importantly, the airport bar is always a good option to kill time while you knock back a few drinks.

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Whether it’s a flight delay or cancellation, it’s important to remember that you should be respectful without being concessionary. Be firm without being aggressive.  You always have the option to protect yourself from unplanned flight delay and cancellations with travel insurance protection. Happy travels this summer!

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5 Easy Summer Travel Tips

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With summer vacations starting and 4th of July around the corner, now is the time to venture out and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. Summer is regarded as the best season to go on vacation. It’s the best time you can spend traveling without having to worry about being in the midst of punishing weather. Vacations are supposed to be a fun and relaxing activity, not a disappointing and exhausting event. Whether you are traveling with your special someone, family, or your friends, you have to be well prepared. The best trips involve careful planning. Here are 5 summer travel tips to kick start your summer vacation plans.

 

1. Destination

What is your ideal vacation spot this summer? When deciding, consider your budget, the number of days of travel, and the number of people you will be traveling with. Collect a summer travel guide and decide your place of interest. Get familiar with the maps and tour books of that area.  The internet has a variety of resources – Fodor’s and Lonely Planet are good starting points.

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2. Accommodation & Prior Reservation

It is always a good idea to plan where you are staying well in advance. This will not only save you money but it also ensures that you get the hotel of your choice for your summer vacation. Booking in advance secures you with comfortable travel dates and often will allow you to be eligible for special offers. It would be an excellent idea to get customer reviews of the hotel and its locality.

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3. Documentation & Monies

Before you plan to travel anywhere within the country or abroad, it is absolutely necessary to collect all needed documents. Carry your travel documents like visa, identification papers, and passport if you are traveling outside the country. Do not forget to carry foreign currency, credit cards, and debit cards. It is very important that you have more than enough money for where you’re going. You don’t want to be stuck in unfamiliar territory because you are short on cash.

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4. Basic Medicines

 Another absolute necessity when traveling for summer is to carry a portable first aid kit with the medicines associated with summer vacations – possible sore throats, diarrhea, summer boils, allergies, cuts, and scrapes. Pack medicines that are part of the family’s daily dose. If you have a history of any illness, carry the health related documents. Enlist your doctor’s number, the local doctor’s number, and the numbers of your emergency contacts.

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5. Shed Extra and Pack Smart

Avoid carrying unnecessary items and pack things that have multiple uses. Always consider the climatic condition of the place you are about to visit and pack your luggage accordingly. When traveling for the summer, it calls for careful preparation. Carry sun-glasses, an umbrella, lightweight cotton or linen clothes, and pleasing pastels. Avoid synthetics and go for sensible footwear like flip-flops or walking shoes. Don’t forget to protect your head by wearing hats, bonnets, or visors if you feel like re-living 1999.

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You will surely have a blast on your summer vacation this year if you’re better prepared and organized. This does not mean that you have to give up on spontaneity. You can still do things that you may not have planned for but if you make a plan, it will be in a safe and responsible manner.  There’s always travel insurance and rental car insurance to protect you and your family in case of emergencies.

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5 Father’s Day Gifts for the Cool Dad

Michael KeatonIs your dad as cool as Michael Keaton?  If yes, then he’ll probably like these gift ideas.

 

Dads may be relatively easy to please, but that’s no reason to drop the ball on Father’s Day. A good father will wear that ugly tie until he retires, but he deserves more. We all love our dads, but we are never sure what a great gift would be for him. The best gift ideas for Father’s Day always take a father’s personality and style into account.

 

1. Tickets to the Game

Let’s be real – most dads are sports fans so this is an easy one. Get your dad good seats to the game or tournament of his choice, whether it be basketball, football, golf, or any other sport. To hit the ball outside of the park, buy him several tickets and allow him to invite friends and family. Heck, he might even bring you along!

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After 35 neglected years, Larry King's stunt double took his son to a baseball game

2. Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband

Help Dad stay in shape in the least activity-intense way possible! Fitbit Flex fits a small monitoring device inside one of two included silicone wristbands that tracks your activity including how many calories you burn during the day and your sleep patterns at night. With the assistance from a free companion app for your iPhone (or a separate Mac/PC app) that syncs with Fitbit’s website, it stores and visualizes the collected data, along with information you enter about your activities, food, water intake, and more. The best motivation Dad needs to get going is smaller than the average watch and looks cool too.

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Fitbit tells you how many calories you burned using chopsticks

3. GoPro HERO3 White Edition Camcorder

This is the company’s most advanced GoPro camera to date. You can mount the waterproof (up to 197 feet) camera on just about any piece of gear and capture video up to 1440p resolution. Additionally, it takes 12MP photos for ultra high resolution action shots! If your dad has an active lifestyle, a resilient HD camera is exactly what Dad will need to make a digital copy of his memories. This device will capture all of Dad’s exciting experiences, whether it is underwater swimming with sharks, climbing to the top of the Himalayas, or spelunking in a cave in search for guano.

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If this dad had a GoPro, he wouldn't have to put his face in bat guano

4. Ryobi One Plus Ultimate Combo Kit

One of the best features about the Ryobi One+ 18-volt Lithium-ion Ultimate Combo Kit is the can’t-miss canvas bag, Dad will be able to spot it no matter how dark and cluttered the garage gets. When he needs power tools, they’re all right there – all 6 of them. The drill alone is compact and powerful enough to handle about any job on Dad’s project list.

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This father built a treehouse using a Ryobi drill and his bare hands

5. A Driving Experience

Dads and cars are like Kool-Aid – a homogeneous mixture! Give your dad a Father’s Day gift he’ll never forget by booking a driving experience in a Porsche, Ferrari, or Lamborghini. Participants can really test the car’s limits on a closed race track. Hitting 200mph in an exotic car is like overdosing on testosterone and adrenaline. Furthermore, you could rent your dad’s dream car for a day and let him drive it to the office and gloat about it to his friends. This gift will make him feel like an alpha male like Vin Diesel in The Fast and Furious!

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Vin Diesel is so alpha, he once broke up a fight while holding a baby

Just remember that these are only a handful of ideas that you can opt for when choosing the perfect first Father’s Day gift. What you want to remember is that the gift you pick should be memorable and fun! To further make this experience worthwhile, give Dad the gift that keeps giving – an electronic device protection plan.

 


 

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The Rising Cost of Identity Theft

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It has become common to hear about identity theft practically every day. In the last decade, cases of identity theft have been all over the news. With such wide spread media coverage and new technologies that aid in id theft protection, you would think that this type of crime should be less prevalent. But the truth is, cases of identity theft are still on the rise.

 

Identity Theft Statistics

 

The latest statistics from Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2014 Identity Fraud Study reported that a new identity fraud victim was hit every two seconds in America in 2013, with the number of victims climbing to 13.1 million over the year. This is an uptick of more than 500,000 victims since 2012. Javelin’s report was conducted for the past 11 years and drew on responses from 5,634 consumers to identify the impacts of fraud nationwide.

 

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While the number of victims increased year over year, the amount of defrauded money decreased by $3 billion to $18 billion compared to 2012. “In 2012, we had a big spike in new fraud with a high average fraud amount,” said Al Pascual of Javelin Strategy & Research, “but in 2013, that was pushed down with criminals shifting into existing card fraud.” He also gave credit to the progression in the financial industry, because of the improvements of detecting new instances of fraud there was a noticeable drop in compromised funds as criminals have had a harder time creating new fraudulent accounts.

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Identity Theft Growing and Becoming More Costly to Victims

 

According to recent figures from the U.S. Department of Justice, credit card data theft skyrocketed and increased 50% from 2005 to 2010. An estimated 16.6 million people, representing 7 percent of all persons age 16 or older in the United States, experienced at least one incident of identity theft in 2012. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released an eye-opening report finding identity theft cost Americans $10 billion more last year than all other property crimes measured by the National Crime Victimization Survey. Losses for household motor vehicle theft, burglary, and property theft totaled $14 billion whereas identity theft cost Americans a staggering $24.7 billion in 2012.

 

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The BJS’s also reports the most common way victims discovered the identity theft in 2012 was when a financial institution contacted them about suspicious activity on an account. About 2 out of 3 victims did not know how the offender obtained their information, and 9 out of 10 did not know anything about the identity of the offender. People whose names were used to open new accounts were more likely to experience financial hardship, emotional distress, and even problems with their relationships, than people whose existing accounts were manipulated.  In addition, Americans who were in households making $75,000 or more were more likely to experience identity theft than lower-income households.

 

 

Penalties for ID Theft Conviction

 

The Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act has been in place for more than 7 years. This law passed in July 2006 increases existing penalties for the crime of identity theft, establishing “aggravated identity theft” as a criminal offense, defined as using stolen identity to commit a crime. This adds two to five years of prison time to the penalties depending if aid and assistance was given to terrorists or terrorism groups.

 

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In the last 10 years, transactions over the internet continued to be one of the top cases of identity theft. College students have become particularly vulnerable due to the use of unsecured wireless networks. ID theft isn’t limited to the internet however. A large number of cases come from people responding to fraudulent phone solicitations and mail fraud. Theft of personal information from company databases and POS devices have also lead to an increase in identity theft fraud, such as the ones from Target and Neiman Marcus.

 

The best option to shield yourself from identity theft is to use a specialized identity theft protection solution with comprehensive coverage and monitoring.

 


 

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How To Get Cheaper Rental Car Rates

 

rental car lotMany travelers often have the misconception that car rental rates are pretty much the same across all companies. The truth is rates can vary quite a bit between car rental companies and destinations. Car rental deals can be hard to find, especially if you’re only searching in a few places. Here are 4 tips on how you can get cheaper car rental rates:

 

1. Book Early

 

Booking early is a good practice, particularly if you need a car during peak travel seasons. It’s no secret that during the holidays, prices for rental cars can get unpredictably high. It is always a good idea to book early or play around on you rental dates. Like airfare, the further in advance you book, the more money you can end up saving. If seasonality is not an issue, just plan a trip to Detroit.  Their car rental prices are always near rock bottom!

 

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This family saved $5 by booking 3 years in advance

2. Know Your Providers

 

Not all car rental companies are the same. It’s important to understand how each company differs from the other and how they can serve you best. Some of the things to consider when shopping for a company include available car types, locations, and service fees. You need to first consider which of these factors are important to you. For example, if you’re after price, it would mean that you may have to sacrifice luxury. Also, you might be able to score a good deal by going to a rental car place located in the sketchy part of town. If the local title loan stores have wrought iron bars covering their windows, then you know you are in the right area to get a deal!

 

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If the rental car lot doesn't look like this, keep driving

3. Online Rental Deals

 

Search through online travel sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, Travelauto, Kayak, and others. These major online agencies often negotiate with various car rental companies to offer competitive rates. To get better pricing, try using flexible dates which allows you to compare the car rental rates of different companies. When appropriate, search for “Flight and Car” together or better yet “Flight, Hotel, and Car,” you’d be surprised with the number of vacation package and bundled discounts that come up on the searches. These can be both compelling and competitively priced. If you are unsatisfied with the quotes given, just give their customer support a call and express your disappointment with pathetic, desperate sobbing and they will surely give you a discount.

 

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I would fight Priceline's William Shatner for a 5% discount

4. Discount Programs, Codes, and Coupons

 

Discount programs are often available through reward programs from various credit card services. Most of them either have miles, points, or discounts that you can earn. Because these companies compete for your business and loyalty, they always have new offers and rewards save you money. You can also find discount codes and coupons online from sites like Retail Me Not. Remember to always check if your coupon is still valid before you attempt to use it, you might be surprised at how quickly a coupon’s expiry date arrives by the time you plan to make your booking. It can be very discouraging to have your coupon code denied, but you should be able to find one if you keep looking hard enough.  If you still can’t find one after 2 hours of searching, just give their customer support a call and receive a discount by expressing your disdain with inconsolable, faint weeping.

 

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The coupon codes have expired

 

So get out there and rent a car! It’ll be fun even if you have nowhere to go. If you’re a reckless driver like myself, I would suggest getting rental car insurance.

 


 

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5 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Cool Mom

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Looking for a cool Mother’s Day gift instead of a boring cookie-cutter that looks like it fell off the back of a UPS truck? There’s nothing wrong with the typical bouquet of flowers but it definitely won’t win any points for originality. It’s time to give Mom something she will really love this Mother’s Day. Finding that ideal gift can be a challenge so we did some research and found 5 unique gifts that will appeal to a variety of sweet moms.

 

1. Samsung Gear Fit

 

For a high-tech savvy mom who yearns for something more than just a regular smartwatch or a fitness tracker, check out the Samsung Gear Fit. The advanced curved Super AMOLED touchscreen display and interchangeable bands would make any mom look cool even during the most vigorous activities. Without having to pull the smartphone out of the bag, the Samsung Gear Fit has an array of features such as fitness data, time, call notifications, text messages, and email. The Samsung Gear Fit works well for active mothers who want to live in the future.

 

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Gear Fit conveniently gives you the time on demand

 

2. Brookstone Wireless Key Finder

 

Has your mom lost her keys one too many times? Hopefully it’s not because of dementia. The Brookstone Wireless Key Finder could be the ideal gift for her this Mother’s day. It essentially acts as a homing device for lost keys. The wireless key finder locates lost keys with just the press of a button. It can find keys up to 60 feet away through floors, walls, even sofa cushions. Simply press one of the color-coded pager buttons on the compact wireless transmitter, and the matching key fob will answer with a loud, clear alarm from anywhere in your home. The design of this transmitter is sleek and compact that it fits easily and inconspicuously on the countertop, desk, or dresser. Just make sure you don’t lose the wireless key finder because there is no wireless key finder finder.

 

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It's like Life Alert for your keys

 

3. Graphic Image Python iPad Case

 

Is your Mom constantly without her iPad? The handcrafted, Python-embossed iPad case from Graphic Image lets your mom transport or store her iPad (all generations) with exotic flair. So chic! It comes in vibrant colors, mint, yellow, and coral. The calfskin cover is soft to the touch and to add to its versatility, it has two positions for typing or movie viewing. It can even be personalized with Mom’s initials so it’s uniquely hers. It’s a great gift for the environment-friendly mother who wants to do her part in helping eradicate the invasive python species in Florida.

 

python ipad case

How many moms do you know own a python case?

 

4. Asus Taichi™ Ultrabook™ Convertible

 

The Asus Taichi is ideal for the busy mother, who juggles both family and work responsibilities.  It converts from laptop to tablet mode to provide the conveniences of a traditional laptop but with the entertainment aspects of a tablet. This unique device has two touch screens that can be used simultaneously or operate independently. Mom can easily manage personal and professional business on one screen while allowing the kids to play with Windows® 8 entertainment apps on the second outward-facing screen. The sleek Asus Taichi is one of many Intel-inspired Ultrabook convertibles, which boasts of premium computing power, performance, and responsiveness.

 

Asus Taichi

So sleek & cool that Mom will audition for the next Grease

 

5. Pure Sensia 200D Connect

 

A fully featured, portable music streaming radio system, Sensia 200D Connect uses its large color touchscreen to add another dimension to your mom’s music collection, radio, and more. Sensia 200D connects to the internet using Wi-Fi, giving Mom access to thousands of internet radio stations, millions of music tracks via the Pure Music subscription service, on-demand radio programs, ambient sounds, and podcasts. It even plays music streamed from a PC or Mac. To further help your mom personalize and enjoy her music experience, Pure Sensia 200D Connect also offers a variety of colored grill accessories and an optional battery pack for the ultimate portability.

 

pure sensia 200d radio

Now Mom can listen to 2Chainz while she gardens

Show the neighbors how cool Mom is by pampering her with some hi-tech electronics this Mother’s Day. The house a couple blocks down with the purple drapes will be totally envious. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

 


 

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