Gertrude Aziz

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TLDR: Dashlane Password Manager creates strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts or website logins with one-click access from all of your devices.

With almost everyone working from home these days, it’s no surprise that the overall state of web security isn’t great right now.

In most cases, each of us is responsible for maintaining our own vigilance over passwords and other exploitable security measures. Unfortunately, that attention to our own digital health and safety isn’t as focused as it should be. It’s no mystery how most cyberattacks happen, with more than 4 out of 5 hacks traced back to stolen, weak or default passwords. And whether you’re in the cloud, in a foreign nation or even right in an American classroom, hacks happen every day.

The Dashlane Password Manager is your frontline protection against the boilerplate password infiltration that leaves users, their employers and

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How to give yourself a stimulus payment (if Congress won’t)

How to give yourself a stimulus payment (if Congress won't)
How to give yourself a stimulus payment (if Congress won’t)

Congress still can’t get its act together on giving Americans more of those $1,200 coronavirus “stimulus checks,” similar to the direct payments made in the spring.

Another round of cash to relieve financial pain and stimulate the economy was missing from a COVID-19 relief bill that died in the Senate this month. Since then, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed a $1.5 trillion package that includes new stimulus payments, but it’s not clear if the plan will go anywhere.

If you could use another $1,200 right now, don’t wait for Washington to sort things out. You can find your own sources of cash, to give yourself a stimulus check. Check out these nine ways to do that.

1. Cut your car insurance costs

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mimagephotography / Shutterstock

If you’re like most people, your car insurance is due every six months.

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Is an Algorithm Less Racist Than a Loan Officer?

Brennan Johnson, left, and Trevor McIntosh, who secured a mortgage for their home through, in front of their home in Wheat Ridge, Colo., August 18, 2020. (Benjamin Rasmussen/The New York Times)
Brennan Johnson, left, and Trevor McIntosh, who secured a mortgage for their home through, in front of their home in Wheat Ridge, Colo., August 18, 2020. (Benjamin Rasmussen/The New York Times)

In 2015, Melany Anderson’s 6-year-old daughter came home from a play date and asked her mother a heartbreaking question: Why did all her friends have their own bedrooms?

Anderson, 41, a pharmaceutical benefits consultant, was recently divorced, living with her parents in West Orange, New Jersey, and sharing a room with her daughter. She longed to buy a home, but the divorce had emptied her bank account and wrecked her credit. She was working hard to improve her financial profile, but she couldn’t imagine submitting herself to the scrutiny of a mortgage broker.

“I found the idea of going to a bank completely intimidating and impossible,” she said. “I was a divorced woman and a Black woman. And

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How Does Carvana Work?

Photo credit: Mark Ralston - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mark Ralston – Getty Images

From Car and Driver

Carvana is an online-only used-car retailer that performs almost all the functions a physical dealer would offer: buying and selling cars, accepting trade-ins, and financing purchases. Naturally, the company’s site contains a thorough FAQ page, but here’s a primer on how it works.

How do I find and buy a car?

It’s as easy as going to the Carvana home page and clicking “Search Cars.” Vehicles costing from around $7000 to $100,000 are sourced from auctions and dealer partners, trade-ins, and cars Carvana buys from private sellers.

Clicking on a car pulls up the vehicle detail page. If someone else has just begun the purchase process, a pop-up displays how long the vehicle’s being held for the other customer. Photos with the “Purchase Pending” graphic have been bought and won’t be available again unless they are returned. You can

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This and 15 More Seasonal Jobs

If you’re looking for a side gig or a seasonal full-time job, you’re in luck — thanks to Halloween and Christmas, many retailers and seasonal businesses are in need of extra employees during the fall and winter months.

UPS is planning to hire an additional 100,000 workers for the holiday season in anticipation of a surge in e-commerce sales due to the pandemic, Forbes reported. In addition, FedEx is reportedly looking to hire 70,000 seasonal workers. And many retailers are hiring more employees to work in their online distribution centers.

Although you might not be able to work these positions full time, the salary for one season can be lucrative enough to warrant the time and effort — and can be especially helpful if you’re one of the millions of Americans who lost their job due to the coronavirus. With all of these gigs, you can easily rack up cash

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Car Buying is Changing and All It Took Was a Pandemic: The Enlightenment

Photo credit: Illustration by Marcos Chin - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Illustration by Marcos Chin – Car and Driver

From Car and Driver

For ages, car dealers have stacked the deck against buyers. They’ve squelched competition with state laws that their lobbyists helped craft. They’ve fought attempts to share financial information with buyers, making negotiating unpleasant and difficult. Many of them won’t even answer a simple email.

In the past decade, car dealers have haltingly, begrudgingly embraced changes in the retail landscape brought on by the internet. And that slow play would have continued but for a fat little microorganism that traveled the globe earlier this year and disrupted everything. The COVID-19 shutdowns this spring forced dealers to do something they’d been putting off: embrace technology and put buyers first.

“People’s expectations changed overnight,” said Larry Dominique, chairman and CEO of PSA North America, which is in the process of relaunching the Peugeot brand in the U.S. and Canada

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‘When Can I Shred This Check?’ and Other Online Banking FAQ

As the COVID-19 pandemic leads banking customers to lean into online technology to manage their money, those trying online banking for the first time may find themselves with questions about how to handle things previously done in person or with paper documents.

If you’re stuck on how to handle some of the practical aspects of online banking, here are answers to common questions.

Should I save monthly statements?

Experian, one of the three major credit bureaus, recommends keeping bank statements for tax purposes to confirm your income or deductible expenses. If you do end up using your statements for your taxes, you may want to hang onto your statements for up to seven years in case the IRS decides to audit you. Even if your bank keeps digital records of your statements, you may want to print or download your statements just in case.

When should I shred the paper

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Kushner Predicted N.Y. Would ‘Suffer’ With COVID, And ‘That’s Their Problem’

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner coldly informed a group of business leaders earlier this year that the state of New York would “suffer” with COIVD-19, adding: “That’s their problem,” sources told Vanity Fair.

The shocking comment was one of several in the article exposing Kushner’s dismissive, compassion-challenged attitude about the rapacious pandemic that as of Saturday has claimed close to 200,000 lives in the U.S., including more than 33,000 in New York.

He made the comments at a meeting with business leaders he hosted at the White House ― some were online ― on March 21, according to Vanity Fair, when President Donald Trump already knew how lethal COVID-19 was.

A number of people attending the meeting told the magazine that they were “stunned” by Kushner’s chilly attitude about the suffering and death facing Americans.

When one business representative brought up the devastating problems states were having obtaining adequate

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As Facebook struggles to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Google is escaping the spotlight

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google's annual developer conference in 2013. <p class="copyright">Justin Sullivan/Getty Images</p>
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google’s annual developer conference in 2013.
  • As tech companies gear up to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Facebook has received the most scrutiny amid a steady flow of reporting that highlights its missteps.

  • Meanwhile, researchers say Google has been “getting a pass on transparency” by hiding behind Facebook and being less willing to share data about its own products, specifically around political advertising.

  • Google is the largest digital ads company and plays a key role in what advertisements millions of Americans see while watching YouTube, viewing search results, and across the internet about the electoral candidates, issues, and voting.

  • Google said it’s “committed to delivering the highest standards in transparency, choice and controls” by verifying advertisers, banning narrowly targeted ads, and making ad details available in a public archive.

  • But researchers argued that Google’s rules around political

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