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February 2019
Homeowners See Rising Rates, Policies Canceled After Devastating California Wildfires

Homeowners See Rising Rates, Policies Canceled After Devastating California Wildfires

The devastating wildfires in California last year are putting more homeowners in harm’s way as insurers are raising rates and canceling the coverage of some customers. Insurer AAA has announced it will not renew less than 1 percent of its

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January 2019
Can You Spot the Phishing Emails? Google Wants You To

Can You Spot the Phishing Emails? Google Wants You To

Phishing scams are one of the most common forms of cyber attack, sent by hackers hoping to trick recipients into clicking a link to a fake website and stealing your password. One percent of emails sent today are phishing attempts,

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November 2018
Car Safety Systems Add to Fender Bender Repair Bills

Car Safety Systems Add to Fender Bender Repair Bills

New safety features in vehicles are becoming standard equipment but the benefits may come at a price even in minor accidents, according to AAA. Vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as automatic emergency braking or blind spot monitoring,

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What California’s IoT Cybersecurity Law Means for Consumers

What California’s IoT Cybersecurity Law Means for Consumers

California is trailblazing public policy once again with new cybersecurity standards for web-connected “smart” devices. The bill, SB-327, signed recently into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, seeks to set baseline cybersecurity standards for Internet of Things (IoT) devices from thermostats

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August 2018
California Debates Who Should Pay for Destructive Wildfires

California Debates Who Should Pay for Destructive Wildfires

Firefighters are stretched thin by more than a dozen blazes burning throughout California. As wildfires are now a year-round threat, politicians in Sacramento are debating who should pay for the growing number of fires, now and in the future. The

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Why California’s Wildfire Problem is Getting Worse

Why California’s Wildfire Problem is Getting Worse

The Mendocino Complex fire in Northern California just made dubious history as the state’s largest-ever blaze. It’s becoming commonplace that wildfires across the Golden State engulf homes, scorch heirlooms and family photos, and claim lives. The reason these wildfires seem more

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Your College Student May Need Their Own Insurance

Your College Student May Need Their Own Insurance

Packing for college can be hectic, but there’s one thing parents should add to the back-to-college list; an insurance checkup. Your student will be thinking about classes, meeting new friends and finding a coffee shop open late, but the college

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Renters Insurance: Peace of Mind for a Small Price

Renters Insurance: Peace of Mind for a Small Price

These days most landlord’s require proof of renters insurance. While it may feel like an annoyance, a renter policy will give both you and your landlord extra peace of mind. One key benefit of a renters policy is that it

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May 2018
Convenience versus Privacy: Amazon Will Deliver to Your Car

Convenience versus Privacy: Amazon Will Deliver to Your Car

There’s in-home delivery and now Amazon will offer its Prime customers in-car delivery. The online retailer announced last week that Amazon delivery workers could place packages into certain vehicles parked at home, work, or other publicly accessible areas. Prime members

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Your Teen’s Online Behavior Can Cost You Real Money

Your Teen’s Online Behavior Can Cost You Real Money

Today’s technologies have numerous benefits. However, many parents still do not understand the risks that can stem from their families’ online behavior. Parents can be personally liable if their child uses the web to defame, harass, or threaten their peers.

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