How do you know if you have been hacked?

Posted on Oct 12, 2017 in Featured, Online Security |

All this talk about how everybody is vulnerable to being hacked; how do I find out if it happened to me? The Director of the FBI famously said that all the big companies in the country have been hacked, some just don’t know it yet. Strong words. With such widespread criminal behavior, against heavily protected organizations, it makes sense that every person with a computer should know how to figure out if he or she have been hacked. You may...

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Protecting your identity after the Equifax security breach

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in Featured, Online Security |

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the largest consumer credit agencies, announced that a data breach potentially affecting 143 million U.S. consumers. The data breach included Social Security numbers, names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth, and in some cases, credit card numbers. Equifax has published a web page for consumers to visit and determine if their information was included in the breach...

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Protect the Identity of the Dead

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Featured, Online Security, Peoples Progress e-Newsletter |

Family members are not generally at risk from the theft of a dead loved one’s identity. But nobody wants to have to deal with the hassle that can happen when a bad guy uses the identity of a deceased to file a fake tax return or open a credit account. Here’s what you need to know about the issue, and how to protect your family from the threat. AARP reports that each year millions of identities from deceased persons are hijacked. And...

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Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Featured, Investing, Peoples Progress e-Newsletter |

Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you’ll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you’ll have and how long you’ll need your retirement savings to last. You’ll need to take into account your life expectancy and health as well as when you want to start receiving Social Security or pension benefits,...

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Check Your Credit Report Safely to Avoid Hassles

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 in Featured, Peoples Bank News |

You really should review your credit report every twelve months. Why? And how do you fix reporting errors? Read on to get the answers. I can get my credit report for free. So what? Landlords, car dealers, merchants, banks, credit unions—all of them review what’s known as your credit report to see if you are good at paying your debts. Over the many years that credit reporting services (called credit bureaus) have been around, they got pretty...

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If you thought privacy laws shield villains from elder financial abuse, think again

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 in Elder Abuse, Featured, Peoples Bank News |

The privacy laws in this country would seem to favor criminals as well as the good. Perhaps you have heard that comment, or said it yourself. Fraudsters can steal money because they have Power of Attorney and no-one is allowed to disclose the details about the transactions to authorities, right? Wrong. Peoples Bank is only too happy to report you if we even suspect you are financially abusing a senior or disabled adult. Interagency Guidance on...

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