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Avalanche of new remote workers creates latest playground for hackers

Hackers have found their new playground amid the increased use of video conferencing during the coronavirus pandemic: Zoombombing!

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Zoombombing defined

Named for the company Zoom, the unfortunate first high-profile victim of this phenomena, zoombombing occurs when internet trolls hack video conference meetings and join as uninvited attendees. After infiltrating a meeting, the hackers then have their fun, doing everything from performing harmless pranks to posting sexually explicit content.

The April 15 federal income tax filing due date has been moved to July 15, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS recently announced. Here is what you need to know:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides worker benefits

Families First Act helps workers and businesses amid pandemic imageThe Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a new law passed last week that offers COVID-19 assistance for both employees and employers.

This new law provides businesses with fewer than 500 employees the funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members.

Here are the details of the new law’s benefits:

Take this trivia quiz and test your state tax knowledge!

Here’s a quiz to test your state tax IQ and give you some fun facts about the taxes paid by friends in other states.

A clever new way to save...

Spare your change imageWith close to 85% of purchases made with credit or debit cards, many people have forgotten the satisfying clinking sound of tossing a penny, nickel, dime or quarter into a glass jar of spare change. But all that is starting to change!

Clever new savings ideas

In today's world of smartphones, several apps have digitized yesterday's jar of coins by sweeping electronic spare change into a digital jar to increase savings balances or pay down debt. For example, if you make a purchase for $1.89, the app rounds up your purchase to $2.00 and transfers the extra 11 cents into the app's account. Here are three of the more popular apps and how they work.

Here's how to minimize your risk

127 5310What better place for online thieves to target than a database that contains 300 million+ Social Security numbers and a treasure trove of financial information?

The IRS has 52 Internet applications to help U.S. citizens comply with their tax obligations. But these online portals, which collect, process and store large amounts of personal information and tax data, are also a potential gateway for online criminals and identity thieves.

127 5312If it’s between 9:30 am and 6 pm CST, a 28-year-old named Tyler Blevins—better known as Ninja—is most likely broadcasting himself playing video games. He’s also making an estimated $500,000 a month doing it.

Blevins represents the new wave of visual entertainment and video game streaming. His popularity started to soar in late 2017 when he and other video game streamers began playing a game called Fortnite. Fast forward to 2019, and Blevins is now the most recognized name in the video game streaming industry with nearly 15 million followers.

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