Tips & Tricks: Preventing online identity theft
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By Alex Kessler | Thursday, September 27, 2012

What’s worse than losing your wallet? Losing your entire bank account and financial credibility. Identity theft is a real threat that strikes a growing number of internet users every day. Stay safe with tips on protecting your identity over the web.


Whenever entering data in a form online that requires sensitive information such as your address or credit card numbers, look at the top left of your browser. Next to the url should be a small icon of a lock. Click on it for information regarding the level of encryption and authenticity of the site that is requesting your data. Always make sure this is present before typing anything.

Gone Phishing

Be wary of emails asking for private bank information. Phishers are notorious for imitating automated emails or officials to “bait” you and get you to give up vital information. Your financial management organization will never ask for your password. Hover the mouse over links in the email to see if they take you to a different site instead.

Plural Passwords

Increase your safety and minimize damage by having multiple passwords. Using the same phrase with different capitalizations and numbers is all right, but in the case one of them is stole…………… continues on Technique

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Top tips on how to diversify your portfolio with art
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The art season is about to kick off in Dubai, but what kind of financial returns are in store for art enthusiasts who also want to diversify their investment portfolio? There is great potential for a thriving art culture in the UAE and people are viewing art more as an investment than for appreciation. But with so much risk involved through a lack of knowledge, damage and unpredictable price movements, Rupert Connor, from Acuma Independent Financial Advisers, says the best returns are seen only at the very top levels of the market. However, he adds there is always the opportunity for discerning art lovers and investors alike to dabble in art investment.

1 Look out for local artists with universal appeal

A good starting point for a novice investor is to explore local artists. It’s worth bearing in mind that work with a universal appeal is more likely to stand the test of time and prove to be a good investment. At the same time, local artists have a unique take on life in the region. Given the current political strife and turmoil that has happened over the years in the Middle East, these artists’ life experiences can result in creating some powerful and relevant works of art.

2 Explore tangible opportunities to invest in art

There are many opportunities in emerging markets. Art fairs and dedicated auctions offer many the chance to learn about,…………… continues on The National

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