Combat Cyber Fraud

Learn how to protect your small business, yourself, your family and your devices with these tips.

Small Business Owners
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting small businesses to transfer funds from accounts and steal private information, a fraud referred to as “corporate account takeover.” Criminals use spoofed emails, malicious software and online social networks to obtain login credentials . . . → Read More: Combat Cyber Fraud

End Summer by Starting a Money Lesson

There’s never been a better time to talk to your kids about money. Before the summer comes to an end and your children gear up to return to school, take time to share some financial insight. The best financial lessons are part of everyday experiences. Look for opportunities to talk about money, read books aloud and . . . → Read More: End Summer by Starting a Money Lesson

Don’t Get Phished

Internet “phishing” scams are one of the fastest-growing frauds today. Phishing expeditions can range from an elaborate website with fake graphics and logos to a simple text email offering a great mortgage rate. Both are designed for one purpose: to collect email recipients’ personal financial details, such as credit card numbers, bank account usernames and passwords.

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Clean Out Your Financial Records

With another spring cleaning season mostly behind us, maybe you cleaned out a few closets or even made some extra cash through a garage sale. But did you take the opportunity to clean out your financial records? Before your paper shredder goes to work, check this list from Iowa Jump$tart on how long to keep financial . . . → Read More: Clean Out Your Financial Records

Mobile Apps: How to Use them Safely

The use of mobile applications (apps) is increasing in parallel with the increased use in mobile devices. According to Gartner, “Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass $15.1 billion in 2011…and by 2014 over 185 billion applications will have downloaded from mobile app stores.” The continued growth of mobile apps requires a spotlight on . . . → Read More: Mobile Apps: How to Use them Safely

Safeguarding Your Personal Data

Computers and the Internet have become an important part of our daily life, enabling a wide range of services to home users such as communicating with friends and family, shopping, paying bills, storing personal photos and music. This convenience and inter-connectivity does not come without risk. Potential threats include viruses that could erase your entire system . . . → Read More: Safeguarding Your Personal Data

The Paper Trail Ends: Over the Counter Sales of Savings Bonds Ends in 2011

The U.S. Department of the Treasury will end over-the-counter sales of paper savings bonds on December 31, 2011, including sales through financial institutions and applications mailed directly to the Federal Reserve Bank by customers. This move is expected to save taxpayers an estimated $70 million over the next five years.

Although paper bonds are being discontinued, electronic Series . . . → Read More: The Paper Trail Ends: Over the Counter Sales of Savings Bonds Ends in 2011

Online Safety Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a national public awareness campaign that encourages consumers to protect their computers and personal information. The campaign is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Every Internet user has a . . . → Read More: Online Safety Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Safe Online Banking

Online banking makes managing money convenient for millions of American households. With a few clicks of a mouse, customers can check deposits and pay bills, saving time and giving them more control over their finances.

Banks use a combination of safeguards to protect your information, such as a employee training, strict privacy policies, rigorous security standards, encryption . . . → Read More: Safe Online Banking

Hit a Home Run When You Use Your Debit Card!

Show off Hall-of-Fame speed by making purchases with your Iowa State Bank EZ Check Debit MasterCard®! Each time you do between April 1 and June 30, 2011, you’ll automatically be put in the lineup for a chance to win some great baseball prizes!

Grand Prize:             Playstation®3 Console and baseball video games (total value $500.00)

First Place Prize: . . . → Read More: Hit a Home Run When You Use Your Debit Card!