Online Banking Best Practices for Businesses

Posted on Feb 8, 2018 in Business Financial Insights, Featured, Online Security, Peoples Bank News |

The internet is awash in expert online banking advice. Brian Krebs, a well-respected security expert, has published his list of the ten best practices for safe online banking. Below we provide our thoughts on some of the more interesting points, but it would be worth your time to consider all of them. Use a dedicated system to access the bank’s site. Not your everyday computer, but a computer that only connects to the bank system. Use a...

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Save $1,000 (or more) this year

Posted on Jan 18, 2018 in Featured, Managing Your Money, Money Tips, Personal Financial Insights |

There are several ways to build a savings account. A popular one is the 52-week challenge. The way it works is you save $1 the first week, $2 the second week, $3 the third week, and so on for 52 weeks. We like this because it starts small to get you started. A variation of the 52-week challenge is an ingenious chart we found at MediumSizedFamily.com that gives you a little more control – just pick an amount that you can save that week and...

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Start 2018 with these budgeting tips

Posted on Jan 3, 2018 in Featured, Managing Your Money, Personal Financial Insights |

If your New Years resolution is to save money, start with a budget that you can live with that includes saving some of your income every month. It sounds simple, right? Tracking your monthly spending, then making a plan to stay within that budget can be an overwhelming task for some people. We suggest starting small. First, look at your after-tax income. Don’t include income you can’t be sure to receive, such as periodic bonuses or...

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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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