Today’s bits: Online security risks

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Your Biggest Online Security Risk Is You – How to keep your guard up against phishing emails, texts, Facebook pop-ups and chat messages that trick you into sharing personal information (WSJ)

Homeowners just feel like they have more equity built in their home … so they can invest in their homes in bigger ways than they could in the past.

Homeowners Spent a Record Amount on Remodeling—but on What, Exactly? – Homeowners spent $361 billion—more than ever before—on home improvements, maintenance, and repairs in 2016, according to a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. That’s a nearly 13.5% jump from the previous peak, in 2007, just before the housing market crashed. (Realtor)

Two views on immigration issues – one in the Netherlands, one in the USA –   Why the Dutch Turned Against Immigrants and how a handful of American residents ready to make their communities better with hundreds and hundreds of incremental improvements can do to get small-town America back on track, not yearning for the past or blaming foreigners.

Walk-Away Warning Signs: 5 House Hunt Deal Breakers – Before the deal is finalized, it’s important to ensure your dream home won’t come with any hidden surprises. When home shopping, things aren’t always what they seem. Some surface issues are more damaging to the value of the home than they seem, while others are easily fixed. Before you are knee deep in paperwork or empty your wallet for rounds of inspections, consider these five clear warning signs screaming at you to walk away. (Apartment Therapy)

Which are the top vehicles owned by the wealthy today? – Surprisingly, a recent survey by market research firm MaritzCX found that people earning more than $200,000 a year prefer to drive a Ford F-150 pickup truck rather than, for example, an Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe. (Investopedia)

America’s Favorite Retailers – You probably won’t be surprised that Amazon is on the top of the list; Trader Joe’s is there too. (Money)

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