How do you know if you have been hacked?

Posted on Oct 12, 2017 in Featured, Online Security | Comments Off on How do you know if you have been hacked?

How do you know if you have been hacked?

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 have been hacked if: There are posts on Facebook, Twitter or other social media from your account that...

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Protecting your identity after the Equifax security breach

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in Featured, Online Security | Comments Off on Protecting your identity after the Equifax security breach

Protecting your identity after the Equifax security breach

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 https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. If you have not done so, you should visit the site as soon as possible. If your...

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America Saves Week Feb 27, 2017

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in Managing Your Money, Money Tips, Peoples Bank News, Personal Financial Insights | Comments Off on America Saves Week Feb 27, 2017

America Saves Week Feb 27, 2017

A lot of people in America have a name for their biggest single paycheck: “Tax Refund.” Tax refunds often help families move up the economic ladder when they use it to pay down debt, help purchase necessities, or increase disposable income (savings). On the flip side, tax refunds can have minimal impact when used to purchase things that have little value, or worse, have no value. Peoples Bank wants you to be economically stable. We want you to feel good about your potential to thrive financially, and we provide tools and information to help....

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Protect the Identity of the Dead

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Featured, Online Security, Peoples Progress e-Newsletter | Comments Off on Protect the Identity of the Dead

Protect the Identity of the Dead

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 because it takes some months to detect the crime, handling the phone calls and paperwork to resolve...

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Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Featured, Investing, Peoples Progress e-Newsletter | Comments Off on Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical

Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical

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, and when you’ll start to tap your retirement savings. Each of these factors may affect the...

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Check Your Credit Report Safely to Avoid Hassles

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 in Featured, Peoples Bank News | Comments Off on Check Your Credit Report Safely to Avoid Hassles

Check Your Credit Report Safely to Avoid Hassles

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 good at knowing just about all there is to know about your credit history. But sometimes they make...

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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 | Comments Off on If you thought privacy laws shield villains from elder financial abuse, think again

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

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 Privacy Laws and Reporting Financial Abuse of Older Adults issued clarification about privacy and...

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Free public Wi-Fi can cost you dearly

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Featured, Online Security | Comments Off on Free public Wi-Fi can cost you dearly

Free public Wi-Fi can cost you dearly

What do public libraries, gyms, hospitals and coffee shops have in common? Wireless internet access that invites theft of your sensitive information. These days even the air comes at some health cost in many areas of the globe. Free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) often comes at a cost, too: it is possible to intercept or steal sensitive information such as account credentials to your online banking account. In fact, some could argue that such information is handed over rather than stolen; to gain access, the user often agrees to terms and...

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Beware, ‘tis the season

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in Featured, In the News, Money Tips, Peoples Bank News | Comments Off on Beware, ‘tis the season

Beware, ‘tis the season

The 2016 Holiday season is near. That time when marketers assault your financial discipline with the emotional equivalent of an Armored Military Division. Prepare now to protect both yourself and those you love with these helpful holiday spending tips for surviving the threat to your financial well-being. Knowing the risk is the first step The holidays are set apart from the norm with the music, decorations, smells and “holiday savings”. Ruth Hayden, a financial educator writes, “It is a seduction. Consumers are seduced into...

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Come See Us December 2nd During Customer Appreciation Day

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 in Featured, Peoples Bank News | Comments Off on Come See Us December 2nd During Customer Appreciation Day

Come See Us December 2nd During Customer Appreciation Day

Visit us anytime. Any office. Drop-in, we’ll be here all day. Once a year we have Customer Appreciation Day to show our gratitude to all of our amazing customers. Each of our offices will have refreshments and we would like to invite you to drop-in during the day.

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