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!

10 Tips for Paperless Record-keeping

Paper statements, receipts and other documents scattered around the house are easy to misplace and create a storage and organization challenge. Additionally, they pose a much more serious threat of identity theft if they get into the hands of the wrong person. Transitioning to a paperless home office can help you clear clutter and protect your . . . → Read More: 10 Tips for Paperless Record-keeping

Beware: Vishing Attacks on the Rise

Our debit card service provider, SHAZAM, has seen an increase in vishing fraud reports over the last 24 hours. Multiple reports have been from cardholders receiving automated and live telephone calls demanding account information. In at least one case, a message was left on a cardholder’s telephone, asking the cardholder to call back a toll-free telephone . . . → Read More: Beware: Vishing Attacks on the Rise

New Year. New Gadgets.

The Christmas wrappings are long-gone on the new electronic gadgets from Christmas. But, what do you do with the old gadgets?

If you’re disposing of old electronics, beware. Many devices today store information including cell phones, scanners, copiers, printers, computers, flash drives, external hard drives, routers and even cars! When you decide to dispose of these electronic . . . → Read More: New Year. New Gadgets.

Keep it Personal

Keep your personal identification number (PIN) PERSONAL. Memorize it. Don’t’ tell anyone your PIN or account number, and never loan anyone your card. Don’t write your PIN on your card or on anything else you carry with or near your card. It’s a personal identification number. Keep it Personal.

Here are ten other tips to help safeguard . . . → Read More: Keep it Personal