Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michelle Singletary Washington Post June 08, 2018 WASHINGTON — Social Security and retirement go together like peanut butter and jelly — many people just can’t have one without the other.Yet when it comes to Social Security, there is a mountain of anxiety about how it factors into retirement plans, especially for the millions of people who depend on it as their only source of income.Politically, Social Security is often vilified as an entitlement program that costs taxpayers too much. And there’s concern that it’s in danger of running out of money. Advertisement Let’s take a look at that last point. Social Security does have some big funding issues, according to the just-released annual trustees report. Over the program’s 83-year history, Social Security has collected about $20.9 trillion and paid out $18 trillion. … [Read more...] about Worried about cuts to Social Security?
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Wonkblog by Caitlin Dewey by Caitlin Dewey Email the author April 12 at 5:03 PM Email the author Many Democrats and anti-hunger advocates harbor deep reservations about the proposal — even if they have supported employment and training programs in the past. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) House Republicans took their first step Thursday toward overhauling the federal safety net, pushing for new work requirements in the food-stamp program used by 42 million Americans. The plan, introduced as part of the 2018 Farm Bill over objections of Democrats, would dramatically expand mandatory state … [Read more...] about GOP proposes stricter work requirements for food stamp recipients, a step toward a major overhaul of the social safety net
There's no way to avoid it: tax season is here. With less than 50 days left to file (in most states), we present answers to some common questions about when to pay, how to pay, who to pay, where to send your payment -- and, if you happen to be so fortunate, when to expect your refund.When are taxes due this year?Your 2017 taxes are officially due on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (April 15 falls on a Sunday this year, and the following Monday is a holiday, Emancipation Day.) Unless you've applied for an extension, you'll need need to e-file or postmark your individual tax return by 11:59 pm -- well, technically, you have until midnight -- on the 17th. Among the many advantages of filing early, preventing someone else from filing fraudulently on your behalf is reason enough to get your taxes done as soon as possible.How do I file my taxes online?The IRS provides a list of free online tax prep software from providers such as eSmart, TaxSlayer and H&R Block. The only catch: it's free only … [Read more...] about Your taxes aren’t due on April 15 this year
Most security tools are focused on keeping external attackers at bay. But what about the sensitive data that lives inside your network? How do you make sure it doesn’t get out, either intentionally or by accident? That’s where Data Loss Prevention (DLP) comes into play. DLP tools are designed to block protected data from being shared in various ways, everything from e-mail attachments to printing to even screen captures. DLP can protect core network stores as well as connected endpoints which might have confidential information. We looked at DLP solutions from Comodo, Digital Guardian and Forcepoint. Symantec was invited to participate, but declined. Of the three products tested, Forcepoint Triton was the most mature, easiest to set up and had the most features. It would probably be the best choice for most organizations, especially those under regulatory pressure from federal and state governments. Digital Guardian DLP was able to eliminate almost all false positives, … [Read more...] about Review: Top tools for preventing data leaks
Complacency and incompetence are the biggest computer security threats, and Apple’s latest Mac security flaw seems to combine both of these. The flaw means anyone with physical access to your Mac can get inside the machine and tinker with it.UPDATE (29 November 9:30am PDT): Apple has issued an apology and a patch to rectify this problem, more details here.What’s the problem with macOS High Sierra?The problem (which first got disclosed here) was first revealed in a Tweet by Lemi Orhan Ergin, who wrote:You read that right.Any Mac running macOS High Sierra is vulnerable to this problem. Anyone with access to your Mac can launch it, enter the word root as the User ID and hit return, while leaving the password field blank. You’ll be denied entry initially, but after a few tries you will get in.Multiple people tested this successfully.I urge you not to test it yourself, but I suggest you take immediate steps to patch the problem as detailed below.The problem is … [Read more...] about What to do about Apple’s shameful Mac security flaw