Nov

30

Choosing a PIN Without Getting Hacked

PIN numbers are used everywhere. From unlocking your phone to accessing your bank account, Personal Identification Numbers are universally used as a security measure. The unfortunate part is that these are generally only four digits long- giving a potential hacker a 1 in 10,000 chance of breaking in on the first attempt, unless one uses a predictable sequence.

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Nov

25

Security for Holiday Shoppers

As the holiday season approaches, shoppers everywhere need to be wary of potential scams that arise at this time of year.

An article from Engage Customer gives out some holiday scamming statistics: Read more

Nov

15

4 Steps to Help Your Child Create Healthy Financial Habits

Allowance is financial power for the future!

Giving your child a weekly allowance is a great way to start the conversation about creating healthy financial habits that they will carry with them into the future. Help them use their allowance as a tool that will guide them into creating good spending and saving habits. Read more

Oct

31

Children and Internet Safety

Are your children being safe and secure when using the internet? Are they correctly avoiding spam, and not posting personal information? By implementing a few tips and tricks, you can feel comfortable when your child logs on to a computer or tablet.
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Oct

17

Fake Tax Bills and the Affordable Care Act

Over the last  few weeks, the IRS has reported high number of fraudulent attempts to milk taxpayers with a supposed CP-2000 notice. These notices are sent either through email, or stamped into an envelope and sent directly to home addresses. These fake statements are asking citizens to pay off a remaining balance in relation to the Affordable Care Act health coverage. The scam was started to take advantage of the penalty taxpayers without proper health coverage have to pay.

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Sep

16

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Living in the twenty first century, our personal information is transmitted on a daily occurrence. From logging in to a website, or swiping a credit card at the local store, it becomes disturbing to consider how many viable options someone has to intercept important information and potentially cause a disaster for another. The first step in protecting yourself is through awareness and knowing how to secure your private information. Here are several ways you can protect yourself. Read more

Aug

12

Stay Safe Online: 5 Security Tips that Help

It has always been essential to protect yourself online. However, in the wake of big data collection, the fact that privacy is getting harder to come by and ransomware viruses like the Hitler virus that can hold your computer’s content ransom– staying safe online is even more important.

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Jul

22

Protect Yourself Against Medical Identity Theft

Retailers and websites aren’t the only entities victimized by hackers and large data breaches.

Medical identity theft is on the rise. In 2015, Blue Cross Blue Shield suffered a hack as three of their largest health insurers were victims of major data breaches with an estimated 92 million records affected. Read more

Jun

30

Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud at Gas Stations

“Consumers typically worry about credit card fraud when making purchases online or conducting ATM transactions, but over the past few years, fraudulent credit card activity has taken the form of gas station scams that use technology to victimize patrons. The key to staying safe is understanding how to protect yourself from identity theft and credit card fraud.”

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Jun

7

Why Re-Using Passwords is Not a Good Idea

Are you a “Password Re-user”? Do you use the same passwords for multiple websites?

Think of your password as a key. When you re-use passwords for multiple websites, you are essentially only using 1 key for multiple areas of your online life.

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May

17

Financial Security Tips for Seniors

More often senior citizens are the target of financial abuse. A recent study by the American Associate of the Retired Persons (AARP) shows that people age 50 and older are easy targets for financial abuse because they expect honesty in the marketplace and are less likely to take action if they become victims of fraud. Read more

Apr

15

5 Ways to Build up Your Emergency Fund

In life emergencies happen. Sometimes we are prepared and sometimes we aren’t. When it comes to potential financial emergencies, we can be prepared. Starting and building an emergency fund is a great way to be prepared and also helps give you more security and peace of mind.

Listed below are 5 ways you can build up your emergency fund:

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