Client & Community Education

Business Travelers Beware!

Courtesy of CYBERHEISTNEWS
There is a new spin on an existing phishing scam you need to be aware of.  Bad guys are doing research on you personally using social media and find out where and when you (might) travel for business. Next, they craft an email especially for you with an airline reservation or receipt that looks just like the real thing, sent with a spoofed "From" email address that also looks legit.

Mission Valley Bank Launches CardValet®

Mission Valley Bank is excited to introduce CardValet®, a mobile card management application that helps reduce account fraud by allowing cardholders to monitor accounts with their smartphone and control how, when and where their debit card is used.

CardValet was developed in partnership with Fiserv and is available in the Apple® App Store or Google® Play. Once CardValet is set up, cardholders have the ability to “turn off” their card when not in use, establish transaction spending limits and decline a transaction when the amount exceeds a predefined threshold.

More Tips on Protecting Your Mobile Devices

 

From the FDIC Consumer News -- Everywhere you look, people are using smartphones and tablets as portable, hand-held computers. "Unfortunately, cybercriminals are also interested in using or accessing these devices to steal information or commit other crimes," said Michael Benardo, manager of the FDIC's Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section. "That makes it essential for users of mobile devices to take measures to secure them, just as they would a desktop computer."

Here are some basic steps you can take to secure your mobile devices. 

Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email -- Advice from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Tired of having your mailbox crammed with unsolicited mail, including preapproved credit card applications? Fed up with getting telemarketing calls just as you're sitting down to dinner? Fuming that your email inbox is chock-full of unsolicited advertising? The good news is that you can cut down on the number of unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails you receive by learning where to go to "just say no."

If you decide that you don't want to receive prescreened offers of credit and insurance, you have two choices: You can opt out of receiving them for five years or opt out of receiving them permanently.

IRS, States and Tax Industry Renew Alert about Form W-2 Scam Targeting Payroll, Human Resource Departments

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WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today renewed their warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments.

Take Control of Your Money Online

Ever wonder how you can keep better track of your spending? Save money more easily? Bank more efficiently? Eliminate late-fee charges on your bills?

The solution for all of that is in your hands — with Online Banking.  While most of us frequently use Online Banking -- we're not taking advantage of all of the benefits it can provide.

These services give you the power to connect with your money anytime, anywhere, and offer tools and features to help you control your money more easily than ever before. You can:

Safeguarding Your Business: Cyber Security

Small businesses are frequent targets of criminal attacks and hostile threats to systems, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Owners face serious challenges in protecting their business information, as well as safeguarding their clients and employees privacy. As small businesses become increasingly dependent on online tools for day-to-day operations, protecting confidential information in cyberspace is crucial.

Cybercriminals target small businesses with sophisticated attacks. Criminals use spoofed emails, malicious software and online social networks to obtain login credentials to businesses’ accounts, transfer funds from the accounts and steal private information.

Disaster Recovery -- Is Your Business Prepared?

Is your business prepared for a disaster? While it is not something any of us like to think about – we all should. Odds are that our community will face the unthinkable sometime in the not so distant future. Anything from an earthquake, fire, flood even a long term power outage or flu epidemic could prove to be devastating to even the strongest business. While many large businesses have contingency plans for catastrophes already in place, most small to medium companies do not, which according to many experts – can result in their demise in the wake of a disaster. David Paulison, former executive director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in a recent phone conference stated "Small businesses that don't have a plan in place generally don't survive after a disaster, whether it's a flood or a tornado. We see that anywhere from 40-60 percent of those that are hit simply don't come back to business".

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