Happy Friday! These days I do everything online when it comes to my financial transactions, which range from paying bills to transferring funds. Now the only check I write each month is to pay for my kids' after-school program. It seems not too long ago that I didn't trust anything online, but just look at me now.
For some of you, like Cynthia, this online financial management experience is completely new, and you have every reason to be wary of what's ahead of you in terms of risks--as there are many if you aren't careful. However, this week our members have come to the rescue. They've suggested many tips and recommendations that will not only make your new online financial experience less worrisome, but also simpler. With that said, I have picked out a few members' answers in the Q&A section below to start you off, but you should read through them all. I'm sure by the time you have gone through the suggestions, you'll be much more confident in taking on these online financial tasks and wonder why you didn't start this years ago. Thanks, everyone, for your input. Have a great weekend and surf safe!
Q: See you later snail mail, hello online bill paying! Advice needed. Hello, I confess that as far as paying bills, I'm stuck in the 20th
century; I still write checks and snail mail. However, with the news
that the United States Postal Service will no longer process mail
as quickly, I think it's time to manage my bills online. Can you
recommend a program that will coordinate my bills for me so I can
handle my payments through one program rather than individually with
each vendor? Also, what risks do I face from identity theft once my
information is entered on the Web and how can I minimize such risks?
Any tips or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for all you do. Happy
Q: Windows to Mac: Why did you switch? Note to members: this is a touchy subject and I would like to keep this discussion civil and productive. Please be nice and respectful of all opinions and experiences. If you cannot play nice, please don't participate at all. Thanks! -Lee
Hi everyone. I used a Windows OS since before Windows 95. I made the switch to Mac OS X in 2009. I started with an iMac (that I still own) and purchased a MacBook Pro in 2011. I also have several iOS devices, including an iPad. My experience with Mac OS X has been great. I confess that I do run Windows 7 in Boot Camp (and Parallels) because I have some programs/devices with no Mac OSX equivalent. My questions are mainly for those of you who switched from Windows to Mac (but I welcome all input). Why did you switch? What has been your level of satisfaction on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high). Do you use Boot Camp (or a virtualization program) and why? What have you done to make your Mac OSX experience more enjoyable (software, apps, hardware). Looking forward to your comments. Thanks.