• iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Customers of Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor can take some steps to preserve and secure their personal information after Hudson's Bay, the Canadian corporation that owns these retailers, revealed on Sunday that cybercriminals had stolen the credit and debt card information of five million customers."We identified the issue, took steps to contain it, and believe it no longer poses a risk to customers shopping at our stores," Hudson's Bay said in a statement. "We are working rapidly with leading data security investigators to get our customers the information they need, and our investigation is ongoing."Free identity protection services and credit and web monitoring will be offered to consumers who were impacted by the breach, the company said.Shoppers should take Hudson's Bay up on its offer, Adam Levin, the founder of CyberScout, an identity protection and data risk services company, told ABC News."Set up transactional monitoring," Levin advised. Transactional monitoring is a free service provided by financial institutions that shows a cardholder "as real-time as possible" where and when transactions are taking place, he explained."Call your financial institution and really be on top of your game if you think your account has been compromised," he added. "[You can] freeze credit to make sure no one could use your information or open a new account in your name."When it comes to stolen credit and debit card information, Levin notes that there's a big difference between the two."Credit card gives you greater protection than your debit card," he said."A debit card is a direct pathway into [someone's] bank account," he continued. "It's always smarter to use a credit card, but make sure you pay it off at the end of the month."Creating unique PIN numbers that are both strong and different for every account are also good tips to implement, even if you don't think you're a victim of a data breach."Be proactive," Dr. Eric Cole, a CIA cybersecurity expert who served on the Commission for Cyber Security under former President Obama, told ABC News.He advises consumers to preemptively change passwords on online accounts and to set up an email filter."Before you click a link or open an attachment [from a merchant] check to see if [that email] really is from that store," he said. "It's most likely a hacker trying to steal or get additional information."Cole also offered more advanced techniques for protecting one's data, such as setting up different personas and using a different card at various stores."If you use the same real information, once it gets comprised, [a hacker] can get into any of your accounts," he said. "This diversifies the risk. If you have different cards, one card for each store, the impact [of a data breach] is minimal."Cole said he keeps his answers to online security questions in an encrypted vault.Hudson's Bay said it is coordinating with law enforcement authorities and the payment card companies and no longer believes there is a risk to customers at its stores.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There are plenty of ways to mess up a flight; I know a couple who got so distracted by the antics of their young children in the airport that they failed to hear the boarding announcement. Yep, the flight took off without them. They were allowed to put the value of their ticket toward a flight departing the next day but also had to pay a lot more as the price had risen.That’s one way to fail but there are plenty of other things that can turn a cheap flight into a nightmarishly expensive one. Don’t let this happen to you.1. Only fly that super-cheap airlineMaybe your favorite carrier is Spirit or Frontier or Westjet or Ryanair because you think it always has the very cheapest fares and that’s where you always buy your tickets. Here’s the real story: Low-cost carriers often have the best prices but not always. Here’s an example for a round-trip flight from New York to San Diego, for travel June 1-8 found on my site in late March.• American: $281 • Frontier: $363 • Spirit: $581Surprise, the non-discounter has the best deal. One other point: When it comes to airfares, nothing is set in stone, which means if you fail to compare, you could pay too much. Maybe even way too much.2. Change your mindYou booked your tickets. Then you had a change of heart. Now you want to change the dates or cancel altogether. You can do this, but it may cost you up to $200 in change fees (more if it’s an international flight). This is the best you can hope for:• Change your mind within 24 hours of booking, and there is no fee. • Change your mind about a Southwest flight and there is also no fee.Southwest is the only U.S. airline that does not charge a fee. When booking on others, be as certain about your dates as possible and if you must change, do so ASAP.3. Follow out-of-date pet/animal rulesYou can no longer waltz onto every plane with an emotional support animal in arms – not on Delta or United for example – without a lot more documentation than previously required. A growing number of airlines have tightened regulations governing these critters and as ABC News reported earlier this month, both Delta and United now “require documents certifying that their animal is properly trained to behave in public and forms detailing their animal’s health and vaccination records, in addition to signed letters from a licensed doctor or mental health professional.” This is a good time for a reminder that pet regulations can change with no warning, and so can possibly expensive fees for bringing animals on flights.4. Security failsIf you’re not a member of the TSA airport security Pre-Check program, join now. It costs $85 but it’s good for five years and the time it will save you (standing in long lines) is priceless. If you fly overseas a lot, go with Global Entry; it costs a little more but helps ease your way through customs and also includes Pre-Check membership.5. Be an indecisive packerYou don’t know what to pack so you pack everything. Bad idea; you wind up with a suitcase full of clothes you never wear plus you may pay a hefty bag fee (up to $50 round-trip), maybe even the heftier overweight bag fee (up to $450 each way on some flights). Suggestion: Pack light, use a carry-on, and don’t worry about an airline losing your bag.6. Be too cheapIt can be tempting to look at posts extolling cheap destinations but if you don’t want to go, it isn’t a bargain. The good news is you can still save on flights that aren’t so cheap:• Fly cheap days: For domestic travel, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are usually the cheapest days of the week to fly; elsewhere, look for better deals on weekdays.• Add a stop: Sometimes nonstops are the best deals but often connecting flights are cheaper (and sometimes, significantly so). If you don’t mind a little inconvenience this can be an easy way to save.&b
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK CITY) -- Cleaning out your beauty cabinets may seem like an added chore, but it's essential, according to dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe. Using products that may be past their prime can cause them to appear streaky or not look the way they should, but even more -- use beyond the expiration date can actually cause serious health risks, Bowe warned.Chemicals in certain cosmetics can break down and change over time and may cause irritation and inflammation in the form of a rash, Bowe said. In extreme cases, expired cosmetics can cause infections, as bacteria and even viruses can grow in some old makeup products.In addition to throwing out old products, Bowe also recommends never sharing makeup, as germs are more likely to find their way into your cosmetics when you share them. Here are Bowe's guidelines for when you should toss or keep some of your favorite beauty products:FoundationsLiquid foundation usually lasts between a year and a year-and-a-half if stored in a cool, dry, place away from direct sunlight. If you notice that your product is separating into different phases or layers, this means it's time to toss it.Powder foundations should last a few months longer than liquid foundations, or up to 18 months, if stored in the same conditions and in a sealed container. If you leave powder foundation open, however, it goes bad much more quickly. Powders are made with binding agents that absorb moisture, and if you leave the powder open, it dries out and won't work as well, and you may have to toss it much sooner than 18 months.Retinol cream and Vitamin C serumsRetinol creams can last about a year if stored in a glass container and away from sunlight, as most retinols are light-sensitive, meaning if you keep them near a window they can break down quickly.Vitamin C serums vary dramatically when it comes to stability, and are especially sensitive and break down quickly when exposed to light or air. They key is to keep a close eye on your serum: once it starts changing color (such as going from clear to brown), it is time to toss it. Moisturizerand sunscreenWhen it comes to moisturizer, the life span really depends on the packaging. If it has an airless pump, you can probably keep your moisturizer for over a year. If it is in a jar, Bowe recommends tossing it before a year is up, because you are constantly introducing new bacteria into the jar every time you scoop the product out with your hands.Sunscreen can last up to three years if kept in a cool, dry, place. This is almost never the case, however, as people tend to take sunscreen to the beach and leave it on a towel or in a hot car. When exposed to heat, the chemicals in sunscreen can break down and either won't work or will make your skin break out, so Bowe recommends tossing your product before that happens.Eyeliner and mascara Liquid eyeliner can be kept up to 12 months. You can keep pencil eyeliners essentially until they run out or the tip turns white or gray -- this can be a sign of mold. You can prevent this from happening, however, by sharpening the tip periodically, causing new bacteria to fall off with the shavings.Mascara should be tossed every three months. If your friend ever borrows your mascara, however, Bowe recommends tossing it out and buying a new one, as the eyes are especially susceptible to infections.
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  • ABC News(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Someone in West Palm Beach, Florida, took the term "paint the town red" a bit too literal on Saturday night.The entrance to Trump International Golf Club, the president's course du jour while at the so-called Winter White House in Mar-a-Lago, had new decoration on Saturday evening in the form of red paint splattered all over one of the entrance signs.The red paint was tossed haphazardly on the left entrance with a can of paint visible on the ground. It's unclear exactly when the vandalism happened.Two vans from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department were on scene investigating the apparent vandalism at about 10 p.m. Saturday.Neither the U.S. Secret Service nor the sheriff's department responded to inquiries from ABC News on Saturday night.Donald Trump spent Saturday at Trump International Golf Club, according to the Tampa Bay Times, though it's not clear if he was on the course. Trump was at the club on Friday, as well. The president is usually secretive about whether he actually hits the links.Fox News host Sean Hannity and PGA golfer Dustin Johnson spent time with Trump at the golf club on Saturday, according to Palm Beach Post reporter George Bennett. Donald Trump Jr. shared a photo on Instagram of his daughter Kai with Johnson, the current world No. 1 player and 2016 U.S. opener winner, on the course.It's not clear whether any of the Trumps were at the club when the vandalism occurred.Trump opened the golf club in 1999, the first of what is now many courses in his portfolio. According to ABC News' analysis of public records of Trump's schedule, the president spent 109 days at one of his properties during his first year in office.The president's Mar-a-Lago estate is just a 15-minute drive from Trump International.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Emilie Richardson/ABC News(RIVERDALE, N.J.) -- A single ticket in New Jersey won the Mega Millions jackpot of over half a billion dollars, according to a statement on the Mega Millions website.The holder of the ticket has yet to be announced, but the winner will bring an estimated prize of $521 million or $317 million in cash. New Jersey Lottery officials announced that the "one lucky ticket" was sold at a Lukoil station in Riverdale, a town in Morris County about 30 miles west of New York City.A man who said he won $200,000 a few years ago at the same station wished the winner of the massive jackpot luck and offered some advice."Save it, invest it," Pat Matano told ABC News on Saturday.Matano lives in the nearby town of Butler but said he buys his lottery tickets only at the Lukoil in Riverdale. "I pass about six stores to come here," he said.He won big in December 2014, he said, garnering a $200,000 prize of which he said he received about $154,000 after taxes.He said the first things that came to mind upon winning were to buy a jeep and pay medical bills outstanding from a major surgery he underwent.Matano, who is on disability, said it has been good to have the lottery money as a cushion. Winning "just lets you live a little more comfortably," he said.Another bit of advice to the Mega Millions winner, Matano said: "You'll have a lot of relatives, a lot of friends coming out ... Just do the right thing."The Mega Millions prize from Friday night’s drawing is the fourth-largest in the game's history, with the record set in 2012 at $656 million.The winning numbers were 11, 28, 31, 46 and 59, with a Mega Ball of 1.Also Friday night, two tickets, sold in Ohio and Texas, matched the five white balls to win $1 million each.
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  • Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fox News host Laura Ingraham apologized Thursday to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg for her tweet mocking his college rejections, but that hasn’t stopped advertisers from fleeing her show.At least 15 companies have said they intend to pull their sponsorship of Ingraham’s evening show. The companies include Nutrish, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Nestle, Hulu, Wayfair, Stitch Fix, Office Depot, Ruby Tuesday, Entertainment Studios, Miracle Ear and Liberty Mutual. Johnson & Johnson told The Huffington Post it had yanked its ads as well."The decision of an adult to personally criticize a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our values," Wayfair said in a statement yesterday.The sponsor exodus follows a spat between the outspoken Parkland, Florida, student and the Fox News host, one of several involving conservative figures and the students who have advocated for greater action against gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting at their school last month.
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