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Jim Akin is freelance writer based in Connecticut. With experience as both a journalist and a marketing professional, his most recent focus has been in the area of consumer finance and credit scoring. Whether writing about financial services, personal computing or enterprise software, he aims to understand explain how products and services address the needs of their everyday users, and how users can get the most from them.

Articles by Jim Akin

What Is a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?

June 23, 2018

Did you know that fixed-rate mortgages are the most popular form of mortgage in the U.S.? Find out if it's right for you.

LGBTQ Money Survey: Attitudes, Challenges, and Opportunities

June 18, 2018

Most members of America’s LGBTQ community say they are more inclined to save money than to spend it. Read more about Experian's latest LGBTQ Money Survey.

7 Ways to Fund Your Small Business

May 2, 2018

One of the biggest challenges of launching a new business is finding the cash to get things started. Fortunately, there are options besides winning the lottery or receiving a...

What Is Shoulder Surfing?

April 30, 2018

Shoulder surfing is a form of data theft where criminals steal personal information by observing victims when they’re using devices such as ATMs, computers, kiosks, or other electronics. Read...

Is It Safe to Use Facebook to Login on Other Sites?

April 19, 2018

Using Facebook or other social-media login credentials to sign into third-party sites and services can save time and hassle. But that convenience also could compromise your personal data, so...

Understanding Credit Card APRs

April 9, 2018

Shopping with credit cards is easy, convenient and secure. However, like most conveniences, credit cards come at a price. The main cost of using a credit card comes in...

How to Lower Debt and Boost Your Credit Score In One Shot

April 2, 2018

An installment loan is where you borrow a specific sum of money and pay it back in a series of regular payments, or installments. Find out more about installment...

The Under Armour Breach: What You Need to Know

March 30, 2018

This week, Under Armour notified MyFitnessPal users of a data breach that the MyFitnessPal team discovered on March 25. Find out more to see how this can impact you.

Don’t Lose Your Identity While You’re On the Go

March 26, 2018

Wherever we may roam we rely on portable devices—laptops, smartphones, and tablets—for directions, tips on restaurants and entertainment, and to stay connected to work and family. But this also...

9 Ways to Stay Safe on Social Media

March 23, 2018

Social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are great for staying in touch with family and friends, but remember—cyber-scammers and identity thieves are on those platforms too....

If Your Child Has a Credit Report, Watch Out for This

March 15, 2018

Generally speaking, credit reports are not kid-stuff. Minors typically do not have them, which is one reason why criminals find stealing a child’s identity so tempting. Find out how...

What Is a Rewards Credit Card?

March 8, 2018

Thinking about applying for a new credit card? Find out why rewards credit cards are the popular choice and what they can do for you.