Life Insurance Awareness Month

Life Insurance Awareness

Did you know that September is Life Insurance Awareness Month? Each year at this time, the non-profit organization Life Happens reminds Americans about the importance of including Life Insurance in their financial plans– and we couldn’t agree more! Read More

When A Tree Falls…

In 1710 George Berkeley famously asked: “If a tree falls in the forest, and there is nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound?” The foundation of his theory was that perception creates our reality. Whether or not you hear it, one day your reality might feature your NEIGHBOR’s TREE falling into YOUR YARD during a windstorm. If that is the case, WHO is responsible to cover the cost of cleanup and/or damages? Read More

7 Cell Phone Etiquette Tips

Cell Phone Manners

In July 2002, National Cell Phone Courtesy Month was founded by international etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore to “encourage the increasingly unmindful corps of cell phone users to be more respectful of their surroundings.” In the intervening 17 years smartphones have become an integral and ubiquitous part of daily life and sometimes we lose sight of the importance of person-to-person contact. Read More

Taking Care of Your Digital Self, Part 7: Mobile Devices

Protecting Your Digital Self: Part 7 Mobile Devices

 

The average American spends five hours a day on their smartphone. Since a phone is basically a little computer, users should also take all of the same identity hygiene tasks used for good cybersecurity and apply them to their mobile devices. Read More

Flood Safety & Preparation, Part 3: After

Fact: You are still eligible to purchase flood insurance after your property has flooded, provided your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

According to the Red Cross, floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters. When floods strike, the American Red Cross provides shelter, food, water, first aid and comfort to families. We thank them for sharing the important information below: Read More

Taking Care of Your Digital Self, Part 6: Cyber Security

Protecting Your Digital Self: CyberSecurity

 

Computers are a huge part of everyday lives and a personal information stored on them is a goldmine to identity thieves. Threats like ransomware (which literally holds a computer hostage until it’s paid) or WiFi hacking can cause serious damage to someone’s identity. Your technology is a gateway to your identity, and keeping them secure is more important than ever. Read More

Flood Safety & Preparation, Part 2: During

According to the American Red Cross, floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters. When floods strike, the American Red Cross provides shelter, food, water, first aid and comfort to families. We thank them for sharing the important information below: Read More

Taking Care of Your Digital Self, Part 5: Social Media

Protect Your Digital Self Part 5: Social Media

 

Social media is rife with identity threats, such as scams, oversharing and reputation damage. In order to practice good identity hygiene, constantly be aware of what is being shared and what kind of information those posts and pictures give away to strangers. When online, be critical of messages and posts that may lead to becoming a victim of a scam. Messages from “friends” claiming they are in trouble and need money, or deals that seem too good to be true, can lead to having an identity stolen or being scammed out of hard-earned money. Read More

Flood Safety & Preparation, Part 1: Before

Water stored in bathtubs and sinks should never be used for drinking or for bathing young children because lead can leak from the glaze in bathtubs and sinks into water stored in them.

According to the Red Cross, floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters. When floods strike, the American Red Cross provides shelter, food, water, first aid and comfort to families. We thank them for sharing the important information below: Read More

Taking Care of Your Digital Self, Part 4: Records & Documents

Protect your records and documents from identity theft.

More than 40 percent of Americans have experienced fraudulent credit card charges. With the increase of online shopping and banking, fraudulent card use shifted in 2016 from stolen or counterfeit cards being used in-person to the account numbers being used remotely. This means it is more important than ever to regularly check statements. While your card may be in your wallet, that doesn’t mean it isn’t being used by a criminal somewhere. But it’s not just your financial accounts that are targeted by identity thieves. Health insurance statement of benefits may alert someone that their identity was used to obtain medical services or prescriptions, known as medical identity theft. Read More

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