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Jeff Hindenach
Jeff Hindenach started his career as a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Examiner. He is currently the Director of Content for, a leading consumer and small business information web site. He specializes in credit monitoring, legal services and security software.

Entries by Jeff Hindenach

Adults vs. Teens: The Different Ways We Use Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Teens and adults differ on a number of things, and social media is no different. According to a few recent studies by the Pew Research Center, adults and teens are split on which social networks they like to use. For example, way more teens use Facebook than adults...

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Which Travel Credit Cards Have the Best Rewards?

(6) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 5:09 PM

Gearing up for your summer travel plans and looking forward to racking up the rewards on your credit card? Depending on which credit card you use, you could get some serious value for your travel. From double points for every dollar you spend on the card to $400 cash intro...

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Who Is to Blame for the Nation's Crippling Credit Card Debt?

(31) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 10:26 AM

The nation has crippling credit card debt to the tune of almost $800 billion. This is obviously not a minor problem, but a financial epidemic. Americans are paying so much in fees and penalties each year that we may never dig ourselves out.

So who's the blame? Most would blame...

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Stranger Danger: Why Haven't the Privacy Lessons We Learned as Kids Translated to Facebook?

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 3:14 PM

Sharing our personal information online has become somewhat of an addiction since the invention of social media sites. As children, we are talk to be wary of giving out our name, phone number or address to strangers, yet suddenly we are sharing that same information with millions of strangers on...

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Which Web Host Should You Choose for Your Small Business?

(9) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 3:13 PM

A website is essential to the success to any small business these days, even if your company has nothing to do with technology. Your website is your calling card, a place where most people will get their first impression of your business. If you want your business to stand out,...

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The Most Popular Online Password Is 'Password,' Yet We Blame Our Privacy Problems on Facebook

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 10:10 AM

Yes, Facebook makes it easier to share birthdays, favorite locations and contact information with friends, but it also makes it easier for us to become a victim of identity fraud. We blame Facebook for using our personal information for their own gain, but we're not helping when we share our...

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Are You One of the 52 Million Who Have Errors on Their Credit Report? Here's How to Fix Them

(7) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 10:03 AM

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission released a new study that found a whopping 26 percent of people identified at least one error on their credit report. And it wasn't just people crying wolf -- even the notoriously difficult credit bureaus agreed with the consumers 79 percent of...

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Best Credit Cards to Help Pay for Your Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 8:40 AM

Weddings are expensive, right? You spend a small fortune on the venue, dress, flowers, invitations and all the other extras in between. So why not make a little extra to help offset the cost of your wedding? Credit cards are a good way to earn some extra rewards, especially when...

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How Young Is Too Young for Your Kid to Have a Credit Card?

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Kids are learning about life at a younger age these days. From sex to suicide and every adult concept in between, kids are experiencing all of these real-life situations at early ages. Does that mean it is up to the parents to start teaching their kids about adult situations earlier?

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Why Our Country Is So Bad at Using Credit Cards and How We Can Fix It

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:08 PM

Face it, America, we are not being very smart about our credit. We are paying billions in penalty fees. We are spending more money than we make. We don't even know our own interest rates or credit scores. And the country as a whole is almost a trillion dollars in...

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Best Ways to Avoid Identity Theft During Tax Season

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Let's be honest, nobody wants to mess with the Internal Revenue Service. There's a fear around what the IRS can do to you if you foul up your taxes, and it's this fear that identity thieves capitalize on during tax season. Many identity thieves will pose as the IRS using...

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The World's Most-Used Security Software Fails Another Security Test

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 3:12 PM

For the most popular anti-virus software in the world, Microsoft Security Essentials isn't very good at protecting computers against malware. For the second time in a row, the security software has failed independent testing by AV-Test, missing out on the testing company's coveted certification.

According to

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Study: Younger Generation Could Be Paying Credit Debt Until They Die

(4) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 5:01 PM

As credit becomes increasingly available, the amount of credit debt that Americans take on continues to increase. A new study released on Monday shows that the younger generation, those in their 20s and 30s, are taking on much more debt -- an average of $5,689 more -- than...

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Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards to Help Alleviate Post-Holiday Debt

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 9:57 AM

If your credit cards are maxed out from holiday shopping, you might want to consider getting a balance transfer credit card to help alleviate some of the stress.

Why a balance transfer credit card? If your current credit cards have a high APR that is adding interest...

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Intel, McAfee Look to Redefine Consumer Security

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 10:42 AM

Almost two years after Intel completed its acquisition of McAfee, the two popular tech names have taken another step in integrating the chip-maker's hardware with the popular security software. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Intel and McAfee announced new technology that they've been developing...

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Top Online Security Threats of 2013 -- and How You Can Protect Yourself

(25) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 2:54 PM

Next year will be the year of the mobile security threat, according to Internet security software giant McAfee, based on the predictions report it released today of the leading security threats expected in 2013. With online technology rapidly moving from computers to the palms of our hands, cybercriminals...

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How the Fiscal Cliff Could Hurt Your Credit

(5) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:07 PM

As the president and Congress battle it out over their plans to avoid the fiscal cliff, the deadline for making a decision gets closer and closer. While the immediate effects would be a big increase in taxes for 90 percent of the population, the lasting effects could mean a weaker...

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Best Cash-Back Credit Cards for Holiday Shopping

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 4:24 PM

The economy is recovering and America is going to spend that extra money on holiday shopping. The average American plans to spend $854 on gifts this year for the holidays, which is about $200 more than last year. And that's not even counting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, decorations,...

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Privacy Lessons from Petraeus Scandal: How to Protect Your Online Files

(4) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 12:29 PM

If the scandal surrounding CIA director David Petraeus has taught us one thing, it's that your online conversations are anything but private. Email is not secure, no matter what email client you are using. Files can be stored for years on servers that we don't even know about. Your online...

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4 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

(7) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 1:00 PM

This generation of kids spends more time online than any generation before it, which makes it increasingly hard to protect them from online dangers. According to a 2010 study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 93% of teens use the Internet, and the National...

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