Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:21:17 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131220/BLOGS/312209990/-1/blogs01 Forbes’ list of the top 10 most overpaid actors, based on data from Celebrity 100 research and Box Office Mojo.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:19:50 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131218/BLOGS/312189978/-1/blogs01You receive an email message that appears to be from Microsoft. The email says you were randomly selected as a winner of the "2013 Microsoft Edinburgh Products Anniversary Award." ]]>Extend your smartphone’s life
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:30:39 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131216/BLOGS/312169979/-1/blogs01 We sit on our smartphones, toss them into a purse and sometimes, quite accidentally, douse them in the toilet. And that doesn't include what grimy-fingered kids do to smartphones as they play games. Generally, we are not very nice to the technology that has become central to our lifestyles.
]]>Is Amazon saving the Post Office?
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:24:10 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131122/BLOGS/311229974/-1/blogs01Amazon is trying to do something the United States government refuses to do: Save the U.S. Post Office.]]>Scamming veterans
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:24:15 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131120/BLOGS/311209974/-1/blogs01The security guard help wanted ad is the latest job scam preying on veterans but it is far from the only one. Job postings with grammatical errors, misspellings and lots of exclamation marks are likely scams. ]]>Transitioning to a post-military career
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:24:57 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189970/-1/blogs01 Leaving the military is like leaving home for the first time. Upon discharge, service members are faced with the question of: "What's next?"
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:23:16 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131115/BLOGS/311159984/-1/blogs01Seven traits of highly influential leaders, according to Forbes.]]>FTC scam
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:30:58 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131113/BLOGS/311139976/-1/blogs01Scammers are being more deceptive than ever, and this perennial scam is back in the news with a recent Federal Trade Commission settlement.]]>Wear the right shoes
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:30:36 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119969/-1/blogs01 Climbing the corporate ladder requires marketable skills, initiative, creativity and ... the right shoes? While the importance of proper footwear may seem obvious for professions that require standing or walking all day, such as waitressing, nursing or cooking, poor shoe choices can also trip you up in an office setting.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:25:16 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131108/BLOGS/311089974/-1/blogs01TV’s top-five highest-paid actors, according to Forbes.com.]]>Hijacking businesses
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:30:28 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131106/BLOGS/311069971/-1/blogs01Businesses are reporting that scammers are "hijacking" their names, using them for everything from fraudulent credit card purchases to scam websites. ]]>Secure your future
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:21:14 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131104/BLOGS/311049983/-1/blogs01 Despite the recent deal to re-open the government and gains in the economy, the business community is still somewhat skeptical about the economy's stability.]]>Windows 8.1 upgrade
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:24:02 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131101/BLOGS/311019978/-1/blogs01Upgrading to Windows 8.1 is no easy task. On Oct. 17, Microsoft officially released Windows 8.1 and RT 8.1 to the public. ]]>Spoofing scam
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:22:42 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131030/BLOGS/310309978/-1/blogs01Scammers have a new disguise just in time for Halloween. ]]>Get in the retirement mindset
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:24:55 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289972/-1/blogs01 It's no secret that Americans aren't saving enough for retirement. Many people are coming up short when it comes to funding their nest egg. But why is the problem so widespread? Insight can be found in the human behaviors that tend to get in the way of saving adequately.
]]>Success before 8 a.m.
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:21:53 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131025/BLOGS/310259980/-1/blogs01 According to Forbes.com, these are five things "super successful" people do before 8 a.m.]]>Scam area codes
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:20:26 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131023/BLOGS/310239983/-1/blogs01Rumors are circulating about so-called "scam area codes," where consumers are led to believe that they will be charged thousands of dollars for accidentally calling scam numbers.]]>Keeping your employees, business healthy
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:23:31 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219972/-1/blogs01 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year's flu season began four weeks earlier than expected, resulting in the earliest flu season in a decade.
]]>Hip-hop's top earners
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:32:36 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189973/-1/blogs01 Hip-hop’s top 10 earners, according to Forbes.]]>Yellow Pages scam
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:31:39 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169975/-1/blogs01Scammers are invoicing companies for online ads they never placed and using the Yellow Pages name to lend them credibility. ]]>Marketing your local business
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:22:50 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149975/-1/blogs01 No doubt about it, mobile technology is transforming the way consumers live and businesses operate. Today nearly 5 billion people use mobile phones around the world, with 1 billion of those phones being smartphones.
]]>Top-earning dead celebrities
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:27:31 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131011/BLOGS/310119968/-1/blogs01The top-earning dead celebrities, according to Forbes.]]>ACA phone scam
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:28:43 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131009/BLOGS/310099976/-1/blogs01Scammers are exploiting the Affordable Care Act as a way to fool Americans into sharing their personal information. ]]>Mentally preparing for a workplace crisis
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:32:32 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079984/-1/blogs01 Recent events in the news have reminded us that unexpected, dangerous and stressful situations can happen anywhere: on the street corner, at the grocery store and in the workplace. While these situations are often chaotic, there are steps you can take to mentally prepare yourself to handle them better.
]]>America's richest people
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:27:03 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131004/BLOGS/310049976/-1/blogs01 The 10 richest people in America on the 2013 Forbes 400, ranked by net worth.]]>Do Not Call scams
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:34:47 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131002/BLOGS/310029968/-1/blogs01Scammers are again making phone calls posing as representatives of the National Do Not Call Registry.]]>Hiring your first employee
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:32:59 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309968/-1/blogs01 For small-business owners, hiring a first employee is a significant milestone — one that directly affects the company's growth, future success and culture.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:27:33 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130927/BLOGS/309279966/-1/blogs01The 10 youngest billionaires on the 2013 Forbes 400.]]>Immigration scam
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:33:39 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259977/-1/blogs01Scammers posing as immigration officials are calling visa applicants to demand money or personal information. ]]>New tools shine in online education
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:13:46 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239969/-1/blogs01 There is a skills gap in the United States. Thirty-nine percent of U.S. employers report having difficulty finding staff with the appropriate skills, according to the annual Talent Shortage Survey conducted by the ManpowerGroup, a human resource consulting firm.
]]>Larger iPhone screen?
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:11:52 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209978/-1/blogs01While Apple's iPhone 5S launch grabs headlines, rumors are swirling that the tech giant's long-term plans include large-screen smartphones.]]>Explore on business trips
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:14:45 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169970/-1/blogs01 More and more, Millennials are on the road for work. In an average month, one in four business-traveling Millennials travel overnight for work at least once per week.]]>Still using dial-up
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:11:53 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130913/BLOGS/309139975/-1/blogs01According to a Pew Research study, in 2012, 65 percent of Americans had broadband connections in their homes, while 3 percent had dial-up connections. ]]>Disney ticket scam
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:15:19 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130911/BLOGS/309119977/-1/blogs01A scam travel agency recently tricked a group of Tennessee dance students out of more than $60,000 by charging for Disney tickets and hotel rooms that they never booked. ]]>Sell your products online
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:13:50 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099986/-1/blogs01Many small business owners are hopeful that offering their products online will increase their bottom line. But the digital marketplace is increasingly crowded and it can be hard to stand out from the pack.]]>Highest-paid models
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:14:27 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130906/BLOGS/309069974/-1/blogs01The highest-paid models of 2013, according to Forbes.]]>New Facebook scam
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:12:09 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049982/-1/blogs01Facebook scammers are at it again.]]>A stress-free job transfer
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 06:00:44 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029964/-1/blogs01Businesses often give transferred employees less than two weeks (11 days) to accept a transfer offer and once accepted, an average of 33 days to move and report to the new job, according to Worldwide ERC, a professional association for workforce mobility. ]]>Credit score mistakes
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:00:16 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130830/BLOGS/308309910/-1/blogs01People make common mistakes that harm their credit scores.]]>Fundraiser scams
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:00:59 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130828/BLOGS/308289895/-1/blogs01With the school year about to start, scammers will stand outside supermarkets or other neighborhood stores asking for donations to help the local football team, band or other cause. ]]>Strong financial foundation for newlyweds
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:00:07 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269924/-1/blogs01Be open and honest about debt, savings and spending habits, even if they are less than perfect. Financial turmoil is one of the top reasons cited for divorce, so understanding each other's finances today and what goals you have for the future will help reduce stress on your partnership.]]>Top colleges
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:00:42 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239888/-1/blogs01America's top colleges, according to Forbes.]]>Bogus emails
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:00:07 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130821/BLOGS/308219914/-1/blogs01In a new round of bogus emails, a fake American Express security service is asking users to provided their banking information, date of birth, user ID and password. ]]>Avoiding a nanny nightmare
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199920/-1/blogs01 When you're ready to hire a nanny, you can go through the most rigorous background checks, confirm references, interview extensively and hire the caregiver of your dreams — and still find yourself in the middle of a nanny nightmare if you run afoul of tax laws.
]]>New Yahoo! football app
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:00:06 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130816/BLOGS/308169893/-1/blogs01Yahoo! has unveiled a new football app, just in time for the fantasy football season.]]>BBB Watch: Mac attack
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:00:22 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130814/BLOGS/308149921/-1/blogs01A new version of a common computer virus is now targeting Mac users. ]]>Prove you’re tech-savvy
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 06:00:08 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129927/-1/blogs01 With a graduation cap in one hand and a newly-inked degree in the other, many grads are hitting the online pavement looking for their first post-college job. But how do you set yourself apart from the masses and quickly land your dream job?
]]>Forbes' Top Colleges
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:00:42 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130809/BLOGS/308099940/-1/blogs01Here are the top five colleges on the new Forbes Top Colleges ranking.]]>Medical alert scam
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:00:36 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130807/BLOGS/308079931/-1/blogs01A new scam of automated calls promising a free medical alert system is hitting consumers. ]]>How to avoid identity theft
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130805/BLOGS/308059930/-1/blogs01 Identity theft topped the list of national consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission in 2012, for the 13th consecutive year. It accounts for 18 percent of all complaints, up from 15 percent in 2011.]]>Biz Bits: Most hospitable cities
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:00:37 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130802/BLOGS/308029923/-1/blogs01The vacation rental industry is in a prime growth period as travelers look to save money on travel and homeowners look for new means of income, according to Forbes. ]]>Biz Bits: Fraudulent Facebook accounts
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:00:27 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319939/-1/blogs01Fraudulent Facebook accounts have been popping up, where third parties use someone else’s name, photos or other information to spam the person’s friends list.]]>Biz Bits: Max out summer fun
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:00:35 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130729/BLOGS/307299910/-1/blogs01Summers are rich with opportunities for warm weather fun, and you don't have to go far, or spend a lot, to enjoy the best of the season. ]]>Biz Bits: The hardest-working countries
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:00:18 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130726/BLOGS/307269912/-1/blogs01 CNN Money recently took a look at the hardest-working countries, taking into account how many hours workers put in each week, their education and work-life balance, and gender gaps in the job market.]]>Biz Bits: Beware Grandparent Scams
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:00:13 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249932/-1/blogs01During the summer travel season, there is an increased potential for Emergency or Grandparent Scams — where someone calls posing as a relative in need of cash — to occur. ]]>Biz Bits: How long to keep your tax documents
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:09 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229940/-1/blogs01 Whether you use old-fashioned manila filing folders, a flash drive or cloud storage, tax and personal finance authorities agree on the importance of saving tax documents and records.
]]>Biz Bits: Car features on the decline
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130719/BLOGS/307199931/-1/blogs01Radio knobs are making a comeback as a car feature in the auto industry, but many others are dying or already dead.]]>Facebook believes hack did not compromise user data
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:18:14 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130225/BLOGS/302259977/-1/blogs01The ten worst cars of all time, price of crude oil and info on the recent Facebook hack.]]>BBB Watch: Use caution when choosing tax preparers
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130222/BLOGS/302229987/-1/blogs01Every year the Better Business Bureau receives inquiries and complaints about tax preparers. In the past 12 months both measures are up significantly as many consumers get assistance from professional tax preparers or tax software when filing taxes. The BBB encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help.]]>Future careers for today's high school students
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:11:05 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130220/BLOGS/302209978/-1/blogs01High school seniors nationwide are preparing to graduate, receiving college acceptance letters and possibly enrolling in a college or university. The challenging economy has made many of these young adults acutely aware of the important role their degree can play when they face commencement once again, this time entering the job market.]]>The 10 most expensive cities to live in
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130218/BLOGS/302189987/-1/blogs01According to CNN Money, these are the world's most expensive cities to live in.]]>BBB Watch: Car advertising
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130215/BLOGS/302159981/-1/blogs01Car advertising may focus on style, speed and brand, but it's the initial price and costs of operating a vehicle that are the key interests for people car shopping, according to the results of a recent poll taken by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Chicago and northern Illinois.]]>Security tips and reputation management for job-hunters
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:11:32 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130213/BLOGS/302139953/-1/blogs01When you're job-hunting you go to great lengths to stand out among the hundreds -- even thousands -- of applicants for a single open position. But while you're working to catch an employer's eye, have you considered the importance of protecting your information from unwanted attention? Or the need to manage the online reputation you do want employers to see?]]>Top companies to work for in the U.S.
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:18:49 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130211/BLOGS/302119982/-1/blogs01According to Forbes.com, here are the top companies to work for in the U.S.]]>BBB Watch: E-receipt precautions
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:18:10 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130208/BLOGS/302089987/-1/blogs01In the past few months some retailers and banks have started offering consumers the option of receiving e-receipts. This paperless option helps to reduce clutter and waste, but the Better Business Bureau reminds shoppers to be aware of identity theft while using this new technology]]>The most common identity theft risks at tax time
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:18:11 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130206/BLOGS/302069986/-1/blogs01Tax time is always tough. Whether you will owe or anticipate a refund, plan to do your own taxes or pay a professional to do them for you, preparing and filing your taxes can be a tedious task. It can also be a risky one: the information needed to prepare your taxes is a treasure trove for enterprising identity thieves.]]>Forbes lists most valuable NBA teams
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 03:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130204/BLOGS/302049933/-1/blogs01According to Forbes.com, here are the most valuable NBA teams.]]>BBB Watch: Waka Network gets 'F'
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 00:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130201/BLOGS/302019917/-1/blogs01Consumers from Alaska to Florida and points in between have filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau alleging that they have had unauthorized charges made to their debit and credit cards, and that they have received harassing phone calls from Waka Network Inc. located in Des Plaines, Ill.]]>Tip of the week: Small steps to keep financial resolutions
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:31:53 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130130/BLOGS/301309915/-1/blogs01Keeping resolutions is the hardest part of making them. If you're like many, 2013 may be the year of getting your financial house in order. For some, that may mean getting out from credit card debt or paying off a student loan; for others, it may mean setting aside more for emergency savings or for retirement.]]>Apple VP: Cheaper iPhone not coming
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:31:53 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130128/BLOGS/301289905/-1/blogs01Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, reportedlynixed rumors swirling about a cheaper iPhone.]]>BBB Watch: Gym memberships
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:31:48 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130125/BLOGS/301259907/-1/blogs01Losing weight is among the most common New Year's resolutions. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers who want to lose weight to be cautious when signing up for gym memberships. ]]>Tip of the Week: Protect yourself from identity theft
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:10:56 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130123/BLOGS/301239920/-1/blogs01Identity theft occurs more frequently in the United States than people want to believe.]]>America's most diverse metro areas
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:07:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130121/BLOGS/301219959/-1/blogs01The most diverse metro areas in the U.S. according to Forbes, and news about a new Blackberry model.]]>BBB Watch: Vacation planning
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:07:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130118/BLOGS/301189995/-1/blogs01As the temperatures turn bitter, many people start planning their relaxing beach vacations. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to be very careful about booking through travel agencies.]]>Five tips to improve your financial health in 2013
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:13:50 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130116/BLOGS/301169978/-1/blogs01Creating better financial habits tops many New Year's resolution lists every year. If it is on your list for 2013, there are a few steps you could consider to help you pursue your goals.]]>Top 10 scams of 2012
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:15:19 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130110/BLOGS/301109957/-1/blogs01Topping the list of scam activity for 2012 is work-at-home schemes, accounting for over 33 percent of scam inquiries to the Better Business Bureau. This scam is especially tempting to people that are out of work or in need of additional income. Coming in a close second, with 30 percent of scam inquires, is advance fee brokers. Advance fee brokers are usually, if not always, empty promises of a personal or business loan requiring payment of a fee in advance. This scam [...]]]>Biz Bits: Tips to get the best deal on the right tax software
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:20:47 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20121226/BLOGS/312269992/-1/blogs01Weekly business rail, with tips to get the best deal on the right tax software, a BBB warning about scams related to the Newtown shootings, and more.]]>