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Photos of kitchens

May 30, 2013

photos of kitchens

Forward planning:
Clean lines, pale wood units in maple and more than a dash of stainless steel give this kitchen a chic look. Attention to detail shows in the studded doors and frosted glass door fronts.

Tips for home safety

December 15, 2012

Robbing your build?

Identity theft often goes undetected until the damage has been done. Use these self-defense strategies to stop the crime before it starts

Thieves used to pick pockets and snatch handbags. Now they steal identities—thanks in part to computers and the Internet, businesses that allow customer data to float around unprotected, and a drastic increase in financial solicitations by mail. Identity thieves pilfer credit-card information, bank statements, and Social Security numbers so they can steal from existing accounts, open new ones, or even rack up a criminal record under your name.
If you’re lucky, you’ll catch an ID thief while the stakes are still small—a couple of unau-thorized purchases on a single credit card, say. If not, you’ll discover you’re a victim only when, for instance, a credit check reveáis overdue payments on dozens of credit cards you never even knew you had. (On average, an ID thief amasses more than $10,000 in charges before the theft is noticed.) While vic-tims are usually liable only for $50, recovering from ID theft can be emotionally taxing and tremendously time-consuming: According to the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center, in San Diego, a victim spends an average of 600 hours restoring her reputation.
Can’t happen to you? Consider this: Since 1999 an estimated 27 million Americans have had their financial and nonfinancial identities stolen, with an estimated 9.9 million falling victim in 2002 alone. Here’s how you can protect yourself where you are most vulnerable—mail, phone, ATM, and computer— and avoid becoming the next statistic.

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