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Dream Big and Plan - How to Meet Your Financial Goals

We want to help you get started toward your goals, so we’ve put together a list of ways that can help you meet, and possibly exceed, your financial dreams.

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Protecting Your Digital Home

More of your home devices are now connected to the internet, including thermostats, door locks, and coffee machines. This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, saving us time while providing convenience and safety. These technological advances are innovative and intriguing; however, they also pose a new set of security risks. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and protect your digital home.

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Social Media Cybersecurity

Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet. With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. How can you be proactive and “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”? Take these simple steps to connect with confidence and safely navigate the social media world.

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Online Privacy

The Internet touches almost all aspects of our daily lives. We are able to shop, bank, connect with family and friends, and handle our medical records all online. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. #BeCyberSmart when sharing personal information online to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a cybercrime.

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Cybersecurity Tips

Working remotely has many people looking for entertainment on social media and on other apps. Have you seen some of the quizzes? What’s your mother’s maiden name? What’s the street you grew up on? How about the name of your childhood best friend or your first pet? Those quizzes are just one of the ways strangers get your information online.

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Phishing: Don't Take The Bait

Phishing is when you get emails, texts, or calls that seem to be from companies or people you know. But they're actually from scammers. They want you to click on a link or give personal information (like a password) so that they can steal your money or identity, and maybe get access to your computer. The fraudsters often pressure victims to act quickly by saying something bad will happen if they do not comply.

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Money

How soon is too soon to talk to your kids or grandkids about money? If they are old enough to ask for a toy or a bike, they are old enough to start learning financial lessons that will last a lifetime.

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Username and Password Best Practices

When choosing a username and password, keep these best practices in mind to protect your identity. 

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7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

We all know the importance of a credit score and want to provide tips on how to improve your credit score.

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To Buy or Not to Buy: 5 Questions to Consider Before Purchasing Your First Home

Five questions first-time buyers should consider before purchasing a home. We encourage consumers to consider these questions before beginning your housing quest.

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