By Mike Snider USA Today Mon., March 4, 2019 Mar. 4—Inside the super-popular online game Fortnite players must evade gunfire and rocket launcher attacks to be among the last ones standing in the multiplayer free-for-all. But even bigger dangers involving the game await players in the real world. Online profiteers hawking enhanced abilities for players' Fortnite characters in exchange for their account login information could take over the account or, worse, steal credit card information in the account for fraud. Other internet peddlers pitch discounted or free allotments of the game's virtual currency, V-bucks, used to pay for new costumes and dance animations for in-game characters. What seems like a bargain could, in reality, be a transaction that assists cyber-criminals launder money spent acquiring stolen data on the Dark Web. Players do not have to pay to jump into the battle royale mode of Fortnite an aspect of the online game that has helped it become a … [Read more...] about How to avoid Fortnite V-bucks scams and cyber-criminal schemes
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Hillary Hoffower, provided by Published 11:19 am PST, Sunday, February 17, 2019 10'000 Hours/Getty Images Renting versus buying a home comes down to whether you value certainty or flexibility more, says one early retiree. Buying a home can be an investment and offers the certainty of a fixed mortgage payment, but it also comes with a lot of unexpected costs and can take a while to build equity. Renting is typically more affordable and flexible, and offers an opportunity to build greater savings, but gives residents less control over the property. It's an age-old debate: Should you rent or buy? According to early retiree Tanja Hester, "Often it comes down to the question of which you value more: certainty of how much your housing will cost or flexibility to keep your assets liquid and to move whenever you want," she wrote in her book, "Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way." Hester, blogger at Our Next Life and influencer in the FIRE (financial … [Read more...] about Deciding to buy a home instead of rent isn’t always a question of simple math
The distinct rise of online share trading platforms in Australia has made it possible to buy and sell shares, as well as forex and various other commodities, down under. Today, there are more than 2,000 listed companies on the Australian stock market. This gives retail traders multiple opportunities to invest, not just on a yearly basis but on a daily basis too. One of the main reasons why financial trading in Australia has become so accessible is the proliferation of smartphones. As of 2017, almost a third of the global population owned a smartphone, up from 21% in 2014, according to data published by Ofcom. This rapid take-up of smartphone technology in recent years has helped encourage the development of native mobile trading apps. The upshot is that the number of retail traders worldwide – not just in Australia – has risen immeasurably since 2014. In recent years, some of Australia’s biggest forex trading brokers can generate daily turnover that exceeds the total … [Read more...] about How Easy Is It To Trade In Australia Using Android Devices?
Jan 28, 8:27 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Matthew Cochrane 01/28/19 AT 7:13 PM The world is changing the way it conducts business. For centuries, humans have used cash to buy and sell goods and services because local fiat currency has been the most efficient way to to conduct commerce. Yet, over the past several decades, technology has drastically changed consumer behavior as well as how governments respond with new rules and regulations. Recent seismic payment shifts away from cash have been driven by the rapid rise of e-commerce and mobile payments.Meanwhile, businesses have faced new opportunities and problems. How quickly is the world moving toward a cashless economy? Are certain geographic areas more likely to experience this transformation? Is this a positive change for society? We'll explore these questions, with an aim to capture nuanced … [Read more...] about How To Start Investing In A Cashless Society
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here.Bills and finances Often when people are looking to save, they first think about cutting down on luxuries such as meals out or clothes and accessories, but there are often savings to be made when it comes to household bills. Go through all your regular costs, and look for any payments you're making for services you don't use, or any that you don't understand, then contact the company to clarify or cancel. For example, if your home insurance includes good travel insurance, you don't need a separate travel insurance policy. If you get your bills sent to your home, you might be charged an administrative fee (administrativ avgift) which you could cut out completely by going paperless and checking your bills online. The next step is to see if you can make any smarter choices with regular bills, such as upgrading your home insurance to include travel insurance if that is cheaper than paying … [Read more...] about Members’ guide: How to save money despite living in Sweden