Thanks to a task force study by the American Psychological Association, here are some basic facts you may not realize about kids and advertising:
• It is estimated that children view more than 40,000 commercials each year.
• A majority of all children in the U.S. today have a television in their bedroom.
Memorial Day weekend is here, which for many signifies the beginning of the summer travel season. No matter your destination, running into security and safety problems are undoubtedly not part of the plan. So, before you start drifting off into summer mode, here are a few travel tips to help keep you safe.
Do you use your smartphone or tablet to text friends or conduct business via email? Or maybe you have a hard time remembering what it was like not having eBay or Amazon.com at your fingertips? As you rely more and more on your mobile device for these and other functions, make certain you are taking the proper precautions to keep you and your mobile device safe. Continue reading
While your debit card may look like a credit card, the potential losses resulting from debit card fraud can actually be more severe. Here are some tips from the FTC on how to protect your debit card, including:
- Don’t disclose your account number over the phone unless you initiate the call.
- Don’t sign a blank charge or debit slip.
- Cut up old cards — cutting through the account number — before you throw them away.
- Don’t carry your PIN in your wallet, purse, or pocket — or write it on your ATM or debit card.
- Commit it to memory.
- Never write your PIN on the outside of a deposit slip, an envelope, or other papers that could be lost or looked at.
- Carefully check your ATM or debit card transactions; the funds for this item will be quickly transferred out of your checking or other deposit account.
- Periodically check your account activity, especially if you bank online.
When it comes to protecting your checking account, who better to give advice than the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, headed up by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke?
The Board’s advice may sound familiar, but it’s better to listen twice than get burned once. From “don’t talk to strangers” about your account to “know your rights” under the law, these tips are worth reviewing.
Not sure what the Federal Reserve Board does, or how the Federal Reserve System works? Check out In Plain English: Making Sense of the Federal Reserve on the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
They’re here, there and everywhere. They’re mobile devices, and they literally bring a worldwide web of opportunity – right to our fingertips.
But what many of us often fail to realize is that while mobile devices make our lives more convenient; they also make theft more convenient for those looking to steal your identity.
So how concerned about mobile device security should you be? Continue reading
At Community Bank of Tri-County, we strive to provide you an unparalleled banking experience – and we are committed to helping keep your financial information safeguarded from predators. Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in America, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a few pointers on how to protect yourself. Continue reading
Some things are well worth repeating, especially when it comes to protecting your good name, your wallet, your well-being, and your peace of mind. That’s why we are re-visiting an important topic: Avoiding identity theft.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that nearly 9,000,000 Americans have their identity stolen each year. Someone has used their personally identifying information, like name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. Continue reading
Are you on Facebook? Twitter? LinkedIn? Google+?
Social networking websites like these let you connect, engage, share and keep in constant touch with friends new and old. But they can also attract today’s new breed of Internet con artists, scammers, identity thieves, stalkers and other digital villains craving after your personal information. Continue reading
Have last-minute summer travel plans?
Here are 10 quick tips to protect your finances while you’re gone: Continue reading