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Brian O'Connor is an award-winning personal finance journalist, the founding managing editor of, executive ghostwriter, and author of "The $1,000 Challenge: How One Family Slashed Its Budget Without Moving Under a Bridge or Living on Government Cheese," which was named Best Money Management Book of the Year by The Institute for Financial Literacy. Brian's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Martha Stewart Living and The Wall Street Journal.

Articles by Brian O'Connor

You Got Into College, Don’t Mess It Up This Summer

June 21, 2018

Here’s a 12-step guide for parents and incoming college students to avoid a summer meltdown that could leave you all wet this fall. Read more.

Healthcare Data Breach: What to Know About Them and What to Do After One

June 14, 2018

Having your records stolen in a healthcare data breach can be can be a prescription for financial disaster. Here's what you can do if you're a victim.

Cybercrime: The $1.5 Trillion Problem

May 9, 2018

If cybercrime is a business, then business is very, very good. Ransomware attacks, data breaches, theft of intellectual property, sales of counterfeit goods and other illicit activities are generating...

Here’s Why Fake News Is a Threat to Your Identity

April 26, 2018

"Fake news” is all over these days, but now it’s not limited to politics—it’s being used by ID thieves to steal your personal data over social media. Find out...

Here’s Why You Really Need an Emergency Fund

April 3, 2018

An emergency fund is one crucial element to creating your own financial security. Learn how you can start saving for that rainy day today.

3 Things to Do If Your Credit Card or Debit Card Is Involved in a Data Breach

March 23, 2018

There were more than 1,500 data breaches last year and it doesn’t look like the identity thieves, hackers and scam artists who prey on stealing your personal and financial...

13 Ways to Make Money in a Hurry

November 7, 2017

At one point or another, everybody feels pinched for cash. If you've been there—or are there now—you're not alone. Read to learn how to raise cash fast.

How to Protect Yourself Against Social Media Scams

November 6, 2017

The best way to protect yourself on social media involves the same basic steps as any other method of keeping your data safe. Don’t share with strangers, know who...

Here’s Your Rx to Avoid Medical Identity Theft

October 25, 2017

You're careful about your credit and bank statements and avoiding phishing emails and online scams. But have you checked your doctor's bill lately?

What Is a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)?

September 27, 2017

Your home is very likely your most valuable asset. Find out what a Home Equity Line of Credit or HELOC can do for you.

How to Make a Budget

September 21, 2017

Learn strategies for building a budget that works for you. You can live within your means and meet your goals.

How to Unfreeze Your Credit Report

September 20, 2017

Find out the steps you need to take to unfreeze your credit report and what credit freeze laws may apply in your stat