Identifying Phishers, Scammers and the “Alleged Debt Collectors”

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Hackers and scammers have honed their craft to the level that even the savviest become victims.  From spoofed email accounts from well-known banks and credit card institutions alerting individuals their account has been compromised to robo-phone dialers with local numbers who appear to know quite a bit about you – the situation with ID theft and social engineering is only going to get worse.

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7 Ways to Protect Your Personal Data

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It seems keeping your personal information safe these days is like a full time job. From managing all your online accounts to monitoring your credit to validating what is spam. We live in an online global economy. Gone are the days where you can trust every email, every phone call and every piece of snail mail.  Unfortunately, we must be on high alert 24/7, but it shouldn’t be a full-time job just protecting your personal information! Continue reading “7 Ways to Protect Your Personal Data”

Passwords – How often should you really change them?

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For as long back as I can remember, I’ve always been told to change my passwords often, don’t use the same password for multiple accounts, make them complex, don’t use a variation of the word “password” and don’t write them down where someone can find them. Sounds like good advice, right? But some people don’t take this advice seriously – but why? Continue reading “Passwords – How often should you really change them?”

Keeping up with Technology – the struggle is REAL!

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If you subscribe to our emails (you can sign up here), you’ve probably seen a lot of information over the past year about security updates, fraud alerts, and the ways in which Litchfield Bancorp is constantly making upgrades in order to better serve you and keep your information safe. It’s not an easy job to keep up with technology and its rapid pace, but it’s a necessity that we take very seriously here at the bank. Continue reading “Keeping up with Technology – the struggle is REAL!”

Young financiers in the making need to know about ID theft

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As our digital economy grows, consumers are paying a heavy burden in costs associated with identity theft and credit/debit card fraud. According to a report by Javelin Strategy & Research, 15.4 million consumers were victims of these crimes in 2016, up 16% from 2015. Continue reading “Young financiers in the making need to know about ID theft”