STAYING SAFE AFTER THE EQUIFAX DATA BREACH

The revelation that Equifax had a major data breach that impacts millions of American consumers has people on edge, no doubt.  Having one’s personal information stolen is no small matter.

Filene, the non-profit, independent think tank for the consumer finance industry, recommends that consumers take the following steps to find out whether you were personally affected.  Equifax is offering complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring regardless of whether your information may have been impacted.

To determine if your personal information may have been impacted by this incident:

  • Visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact.  You will be asked to provide your last name and the last six digits of your Social security number.
  • Based on the information, you will receive a message indicating whether your personal information may have been impacted by this incident.
  • Regardless of whether your information may have been impacted, Equifax will provide you the option to enroll in TrustedID Premier.  The enrollment period ends November 21, 2017. Be sure to read the terms.

Staying Safe After the Breach – Remain Vigilant

It is vital that you remain vigilant and protect your personal data.  Each day, we face unprecedented attempts targeting our data through phishing, malware insertions, and social engineering campaigns.  protecting your personal information is the best defense against these types of attacks.  Here are a few easy steps you can take to protect your personal information:

  • Don’t respond to email, text or telephone calls asking for personal or financial information.  Criminals have been known to use date breaches and other incidents to send out emails and social media posts hoping to trick people into providing their information.  Delete any suspicious emails or posts; if you have any doubt, throw it out!!
  • Lock down your login – where available, always use strong authentication including 2-factor, or two step verification to protect your most valuable accounts such a email, social media and other financial accounts.
  • Use unique passwords for each of your accounts.  This helps to contain threats to your accounts if your credentials are stolen.
  • Frequently review account activity and immediately report unauthorized transactions.
  • Monitor activity on your financial, and credit card statements by implementing a fraud alert with one of the three credit bureaus or other services that monitor your credit (this is typically free if you are a victim of a data breach).  For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission website identitytheft.gov.
  • Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – FOR FREE – by visiting annualcreditreport.com. You can obtain one free credit report from each of the three credit reporting companies every 12 months.  It is suggested that by spacing those reports, consumers can view a report every four months to ensure that information is accurate.  Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft.  Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do. 
  • Turn on alerts and notifications. Most banking and financial accounts provide the option of sending you text or e-mail alerts after any account activity.  Turn these on where available.
  • Credit freeze or fraud alert – Consider placing a credit freeze which makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name.  Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.  If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files.  A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.
  • Keep your devices updated – Prevent infections by updating critical software patches or new operating system versions when they become available.  The easiest way is to make sure your device software is set to “auto-update”.
  • Install security products – This includes anti-virus, anti-malware, and other common consumer security products and make sure you keep them in the default mode of “auto-update”.
  • File your taxes early – As soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can.  Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job.  Respond right away to letters from the IRS.  IRS will ONLY contact you by mail.

 

 

 

VISA Checkout – A better way to check out

VISA has provided it’s own online instant-buy option with its VISA checkout service, similar to PayPal, and aims to speed up online payments on both your phone and other devices.  If you want to make purchases easier, try VISA Checkout.

  • VISA Checkout works with any major debit or credit card.
  • VISA Checkout works on any device that can access the web.
  • VISA Checkout uses industry standard encryption and multilayer authentication to protect your data.

VISA Checkout is only used for making purchases and once the icon is selected it brings up a pop-up window that allows you to stay on the checkout page of the retailer instead of opening up another window. Enjoy an easier and more convenient way to check out using only a user name and password.  It’s free and the checkout process usually takes as few as 3 clicks.

Stores/Merchants that support VISA Checkout are: GAP, UA, Zulily, Best Buy, Staples, United Airlines, Wyndham, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Shutterfly, Walgreens and Petco, just to name a few.

Visit checkout.visa.com today.  Sign up is simple and secure.

If you don’t have a VISA card, contact a member service representative at one of our offices today.

ON THE GO WITH COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION MOBILE BANKING APP

MOBILE BANKING IS NOW AVAILABLE. Manage your accounts from your mobile device when it is convenient for you. Download our Mobile App in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Just search CCUNR or Community Credit Union NR.

Features:

Transfer Funds between Eligible Accounts

Bill Pay

Review Transactions on Eligible Accounts

Make Loan Payments

Check Balances on Eligible Accounts

Register:

To use the Community Credit Union Mobile Banking App, you must be a Community Credit Union Online user. The Community Credit Union Mobile Banking App, allows you to access your accounts using your existing Community Credit Union Online username and password. To register for Online contact one of the branches.

 

IT IS SERVICE THAT MEASURES SUCCESS

George Washington Carver, the famous scientist and inventor best known for the many uses he discovered for the peanut, once said “It is service that measures success”.  His life was focused on unselfish thinking, trying to help others.

Phil Love, President/CEO of Pactola (Commercial & Agricultural Lending) stated the following in his CUAD(Credit Union Association of the Dakotas) memo:

Those are great words to live by.  We work in an industry that is not driven by profits, but by the people we help.  It is not focused on the accumulation of cash, but the advancement of our communities.  We are not striving after massive fame, but by memorable friends and families.  Every day, in our credit union and in our lives, we have the ability to make a difference with our service.  The challenge is to rise above our selfish limitations and to serve others.  That is what will make us great.

Balancing Rising Health Care Costs

Stop in and learn more about our Health Savings Account (HSA)

To contribute to an HSA you must be covered under an HSA-eligible high deductible health plan.

Some other guidelines to having an HSA: you CANNOT be enrolled in Medicare, you CANNOT be covered by another health plan (with limited exceptions), and you CANNOT be eligible to be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return.

Why open an HSA account?:

Tax-free distributions (if qualified)

Tax-deferred earnings

Balance carried over from year to year

Control of contributions and investments

Tax Deduction

Talk to us — we’ll be glad to provide you with more information on HSAs.

 

Sign up For Community Credit Union Online

Call one of your branches for an application to sign up for Online today. For a one time $10.00 fee and a signature you will be ready to do the following anytime and anywhere you want:

Transfer Funds Between Eligible Accounts                                                Review Transactions on Eligible Account

Online Bill Pay                                                                                                Make Loan Payments

Obtain Copy of Statements                                                                          Check Balances on Eligible Accounts

 

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