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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off While Traveling

By Cameron Huddleston





Follow these steps to protect your identity, finances and home when you're on vacation


JewishWorldReview.com | When you're traveling, you're likely thinking about all the ways you can have fun - not about the ways your identity can get stolen, your vacant home can get ransacked or your credit cards can get swiped. However, you are more at risk of becoming a victim of theft while on vacation because your mind is on the pool rather than what you need to do to protect yourself, says Adam Levin, founder of Identity Theft 911 and Credit.com.

That's why you need to take precautions before you leave town as well as while you're traveling to safeguard your finances and your personal information. Here are several preventive measures you should consider:

BEFORE YOU GO ON VACATION

Contact your bank and credit-card companies to let them know where you are going and how long you will be there. This will help prevent your financial institutions from freezing your accounts for unusual activity.

Clean out your wallet. Levin recommends taking no more than two credit or debit cards with you. Keep one card in the hotel safe, or well hidden in your room if no safe is available, so you'll have a way to pay for things if the card you're carrying is stolen. Leave other personal information, such as your Social Security card, at home (see 8 Things Not to Keep in Your Wallet). Keep a list of the phone numbers for your credit-card company and your bank separate from your wallet. If traveling abroad, make sure you have numbers with actual area codes since toll-free lines won't work internationally.

Make copies of important documents such as your passport, driver's license, health insurance card and tickets. Having access to the information will make it much easier to get replacements in the event of loss or theft. Give a trusted friend or family member copies as well.

Get your gadgets ready to travel. Remove unnecessary files that contain personal information from your phone, tablet or laptop so thieves won't have access to this information if they steal your device, says Rip Mason, CEO of LegalShield. Download an app to help you track your phone's location and erase data if it's lost or stolen.

Prepare your home. If you leave your house unattended, make it look like someone is still there. Keep some lights on or set a timer, and put a hold on your mail and newspapers. If someone agrees to collect your mail for you, Levin says make sure it's a person you trust not to open it. A week's worth of mail can be rife with account numbers, balances and other personal information.

Don't share vacation plans on social media. Announcing on Facebook that you're taking a trip is like extending an invitation for people to burglarize your home. And wait until you return from vacation to post pictures of your trip. For more, see 5 Facebook Posts That Put You at Risk.

WHILE YOU'RE TRAVELING

Be selective about ATMs. Levin says travelers should avoid generic ATMs, which might be set up by thieves to steal account information. He also says that you shouldn't use bank ATMs that aren't physically connected to a financial institution. That's because it's easier for thieves to access stand-alone ATMs and install skimming devices that can capture card information. For more, see How to Guard Against Card Skimmers.



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Avoid public Wi-Fi connections. It's smart to check your accounts for suspicious activity while you're traveling, but Mason says that you should avoid using public Wi-Fi to access your financial accounts online. If you do, you're putting your usernames, passwords and other personal information at risk of being stolen. These shared networks make it easy for hackers to see everything you're doing. Use your phone's 3G or 4G service to access the Web for a more secure connection.

Guard against hotel scams. One travel scam on the rise, says Mason, is receiving a call on your hotel room's phone supposedly from the front desk. The caller will claim he needs your credit-card information again even though you already gave it at check-in. If you receive such a call hang up and go down to the front desk in person to see if the information is in fact needed again. Mason says travelers should also be suspicious of restaurant menus slipped under hotel doors. If you place a phone order, the person on the other end of the line could use your credit-card number to make fraudulent charges. Insist on paying in cash, or ask the front desk for legitimate delivery menus.

Your vacation home isn't your castle. Keep in mind that many people - from housekeeping to maintenance to property managers - can go through your hotel room or rental property during the day, Levin says. So don't leave out computers, jewelry, money or anything displaying personal information. Put valuable items in the room safe or hotel safe. If you're staying at a property without access to a safe, be creative about where you hide things.

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Cameron Huddleston is an online editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.



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