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Dec 1

2010

Social media sites are a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, share pictures and stories, or network for work.  If you love your iPhone, Blackberry or laptop – here are a few tips to keep in mind while you use social media.


Sharing.  When you post, tweet, share, comment, check in, geocode or use your location, you’re sending a shout out to all your “friends” letting them know where you are and where you’re not – home.  Be aware of what you say and leave out details like your address, phone and any information someone could use to rob or impersonate you.


Friending.  Yes, I know your friend’s cousin’s neighbor wants to be your friend.  I think that was him, right?  Often fraudsters impersonate real people and try to be your “friend.”  The concern here is giving fraudsters private information about you and your location or them giving you viruses through clickable links or attachments.


It’s only my friends.  Well, actually, it’s not.  Social media sites vary in the amount of information they share with others.  It’s important to customize your settings and configurations to make sure your information is safe, secure and most importantly, private.


Share your location?  Many applications ask your permission to share your location.  They pinpoint your location using GPS, so your precise location is known.  Be aware that when you post pictures with Show Location enabled, your location may be published with them.


Social media is a great tool and a fun toy.  Simply remember that the internet is a public place, so stay aware of your surroundings and never post anything you wouldn’t want the world to see.


by Nannette, Vice President, Technology Solutions

Apr 14

2010

blog_techieTechies, iGeeks, gadget freaks and convenience-seekers – I salute you!

 

As a tech junkie myself, I know the thrill of finding the perfect website, app, WAPP or device.  It’s convenient, it simplifies your life or… maybe it’s just fun.  :)

 

Sure, the banking industry may not be glamorous, but here are a few cool tools that you may like:

 

Free ATM App
Using the CU Service Center app, you can find a convenient CO-OP Network surcharge-free ATM location around the US. With over 28,000 ATMs, including 9,000 deposit-taking ATMs, you can find a CO-OP Network ATM near where you live, work and travel.

 

Free Shared Branching App
Take advantage of a conveniently-located CU Service Center location near home, work or while you are traveling when you download the free Credit Union Service Center app from your providers store or marketplace.

 

Checking Wizard
Using our online checking wizard, you answer four simple questions and we return the perfect Pacific Service CU account for you.  No searching through charts, talking to member service representatives or reading the fine print.

 

RSS Feeds
Get the latest Pacific Service CU information when you subscribe to our feeds.  When you scroll to the bottom of this page, you’ll see the “Subscribe” options.  This is a great way to receive Pacific Service CU news as soon as it’s available.

 

 

Facebook & Twitter
Our Facebook fans and Twitter followers receive exclusive, up-to-date industry news, tips and financial information from your credit union.  We work hard to send only the most relevant information without being annoying. Try it – you’ll like it.

 

I hope we find a way to make your money management easier, or… even just a little fun.

 
by Nannette C., VP, Technology Solutions Group

Mar 3

2010

We encourage members to be vigilant with their personal and account information.  It is  important to protect yourself and your computer while using the Internet.

 

Protecting your computer from vulnerabilities includes keeping others out of your computer’s personal files, preventing attacks passed through your email to your contacts or inadvertently downloading malicious software.

 

Here are a couple things you can do.

 

Keep your computer’s firewall turned on.  A personal firewall is an application which controls network traffic to and from a computer based on a security policy. Windows XP, SP2 and higher come with a built-in personal firewall. Learn how to enable the Microsoft personal firewall at Microsoft’s website.  Encryption should also be enabled for your router firewall and your wireless network, if you have those set up.

 

Keep your operating system, anti-spyware and anti-virus software up to date.  When vulnerabilities are discovered, computer vendors develop software patches to address them.  However, it is up to you to obtain and install the most up-to-date fixes.

 

Passwords are important.  Create custom user IDs and passwords, even for your personal computer, router or wireless network.  Do not use default user IDs or passwords.  Creating your own complex passwords using symbols, numbers and upper and lowercase letters can help ensure stronger, more secure computer use.

 

Be cautious.  Finally, avoid downloading files or attachments from websites or senders that you don’t know or trust.
Visit the Microsoft Online Safety page for more computer information and tips.

 

If you suspect that you have been a victim of fraud or your account has been compromised, immediately call a Pacific Service CU member service representative at (888) 858-6878.

 

by Nannette C., Vice President, Technology Solutions Group

 
   
 
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