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Brian O’Connell is a former Wall Street bond trader and the author of two best-selling books; “The 401k Millionaire” and “CNBC’s Creating Wealth”, he has 20 years of experience covering business news and trends, particularly in the financial, technology, political and career management sectors. His byline has appeared in dozens of publications, including CBS News, Bloomberg, Time, MSN Money, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC,, Yahoo Finance, CBS Marketwatch, and many more.

Articles by Brian O'Connell

Don’t Let ID Thieves Ruin Your Birthday—or Any Other Day

April 26, 2018

Identity theft is happening all the time, but criminals do have some favorite days, times, and even dates on the calendar. For example, there’s one day of the year...

Son of a Breach: The Most Notorious Criminal Enterprise on the Dark Web

April 25, 2018

Omni Hotels & Resorts, Jason’s Deli, Chipotle, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord & Taylor all have something unfortunate in common: They’ve all been victimized by a highly organized and...

Who Is Behind Most Data Breaches?

April 24, 2018

Verizon recently released its 11th edition of a report looking at data breaches across various industries and companies to learn more about how they happen and what we can...

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Risks of Mortgage Fraud

April 18, 2018

Mortgage fraud occurs when a potential homebuyer, seller, or lender lies or omits key information that leads to a mortgage loan approval or terms that the applicant wouldn’t normally...

4 Ways to Protect Your Children from Social Media Threats

April 16, 2018

To protect kids against social media predators, it’s important to educate them on potential warning signs. Read more and start being proactive in protecting your kids from common social...

5 Common Threats to Kids on Social Media

April 16, 2018

If you’re a parent with a kid old enough to use a smartphone, chances are you’re worried about what they are doing on social media. You’re right to be...

How to Get a Personal Loan Without a Credit Check

April 11, 2018

You can get a personal loan without a credit check, but it’s not always easy, and there’s some important planning you’ll need to do. Here are some tips.

How to Manage Your Privacy Settings on Social Media

April 10, 2018

There’s a lot of talk in the news about social media privacy and data. The best way you can manage your own privacy is to properly manage your social...

What Is Teacher Loan Forgiveness?

April 6, 2018

Teacher loan forgiveness is a program that enables teachers at approved schools to reduce or eliminate up to $17,500 of their student loan debt. Follow these steps to get...

What Is a Credit Card Cosigner and Should You Use One?

April 2, 2018

A credit card cosigner may help you get approved for a credit card, assist you with building credit, and becoming responsible for the debt if you fail to pay....

What Is a Salvage Title Car and Should I Buy One?

March 21, 2018

A salvage title car is an official indication that a vehicle has been damaged and is considered a total loss by an insurance company that paid out on a...

7 Steps to Fight Back Against Identity Theft

March 19, 2018

Identity fraud is on the rise and ignoring identity theft poses big risks to you and your financial health. If your identity is stolen, you should notify the authorities...