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June 2019
California Readies for a New Fire Season

California Readies for a New Fire Season

Officials across California are on edge about another potentially explosive wildfire season as the calendar heads towards the hot summer months. Fire experts warn that heavy rains of the past months produced an excess of vegetation, which will become dry

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April 2019
Sharing on Social Media Could Drive Up Your Insurance

Sharing on Social Media Could Drive Up Your Insurance

As insurers start to look to add social media to the data they review before issuing policies, you may want to think twice before posting to Facebook. Sharing social media posts that include risky behavior such as rock climbing or

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Premium Costs Will Rise as Climate Changes, Insurer Warns

Premium Costs Will Rise as Climate Changes, Insurer Warns

The world’s largest reinsurance firm, Munich Re, is sounding the alarm that changes to the climate could make insurance too expensive for many people. Munich Re blamed global warming for the more than $20 billion of losses that have occurred

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California Looks to Toughen New Data Privacy Law

California Looks to Toughen New Data Privacy Law

California consumers could gain even more power to sue companies for misusing their personal data under new bills introduced in the state legislature. Set to go into effect in 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is considered the nation’s

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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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