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Many of us are constantly connected to the online world these days. This means that the potential is there for our computers and personal information to be compromised which greatly increases the risk of ID theft and financial fraud to occur. However, by taking some basic precautions you can significantly reduce the risk of your computing environment being compromised. Following these simple guidelines should help your computing environment become more secure:
Keep your computers and network equipment secured with the latest software updates and enable automatic updates whenever possible. This includes updates to third party applications such as Java and Adobe Products.
In the event your machine is lost or stolen, drive encryption can prevent others from accessing the data on your hard drive. The purpose is to encrypt or scramble your data on your machine so that it can only be read with your encryption key.Many operating systems offer drive encryption. Microsoft offers Bitlocker and Apple has FileVault. There are also other third party encryption offerings.
Think of the firewall to your computer as the fence around your property. If there were multiple holes cut in the fence, it wouldn’t be very useful at keeping people out. Firewalls are typically enabled by default on Windows machines, but double check to make sure it’s on. Here are instructions to do so if you are using Windows 7. Only allow necessary applications inbound access through your firewall. The same principles apply to your network firewall.
Set an auto-locking screensaver so your account gets locked out after a few minutes. This is useful if you forget to lock your machine when are away from it. On Windows machines this can usually be done by pressing the “Windows Key” and the “L” button simultaneously.
The longer and more complex the password, the better. At least 16 characters with a combination of upper and lowecase letters, numbers, and special characters is a best practice.
Use the strongest wireless security available (currently WPA2-CCMP) with a long and complex password for your wireless network. Disable WPS on your wireless router for greater security.
Think that some secure banking information
of yours has been compromised?
If you suspect that your personal financial information has been compromised, call MutualBank Customer Support at 800-382-8031.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “culture” as the beliefs, customers, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place or time.
The MutualBank culture has always been one to support our community and particularly our local United Way agencies. You might be wondering “Why support the United Way?” or “Why not just support the non-profits directly?”
As a financial institution, we get asked for sponsorships and donations all throughout the year. There are many great causes in Indiana and especially within our footprint. Unfortunately, we cannot financially support each one of these efforts. Certainly we wish we could, but we cannot. It is because of this conundrum that we have a culture of supporting the United Way.
In short, United Way acts like a funnel for funds donated. It gathers and pools together as many of the resources that are available in the community. Then it takes a look at the areas of greatest need and distribute funds back out. While we are involved in our communities, we are not a non-profit who fills a void in the community. As economies change, so do the needs. As companies close, schools consolidate or demographics change, the needs in our community change. The United Way keeps a pulse on those changes, enabling opportunities for the needs of our direct community to be met.
MutualBank’s vision is to help people live better lives. We do that by helping our customers and communities receive banking products and services that align with their lifestyle. We help by living out our “Four C’s”: Character, Compassion, Class and Competition. But we also live out our vision by impacting the community around us in a positive way. In 2013, I think we did just that.
Across our footprint (Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Kosciusko, Randolph, St. Joseph and Wabash counties), MutualBank contributed $117,800 to the United Way in 2013! The donations came from MutualBank employee donations, MutualBank retiree donations and a donation through the MutualBank Charitable Foundation. This shows through each individual donation, we can come together with one purpose of helping people. Just like the United Way, we can join efforts to make brighter headlines and lasting impact.
A special “Thank You” to MutualBank employees from Pat Botts,
President & COO:
“I am consistently amazed at the generosity our staff shows towards people who need us. Thanks for making this a great place to call home! Thank you for believing in the MutualBank culture of helping people live better lives. Thank you for being generous with your time and resources so that we can make a lasting impact on the communities where we work, live and play."
We are so proud of our employees. Many of our employees dedicate time to organizations and groups outside the walls of MutualBank to extend our vision of helping people live better lives. This past week, one of our employees was honored by the dedication, time and efforts he spent giving back.
Greg Binkerd, Financial Center Manager at MutualBank’s 15 North Financial Center in Warsaw, was named the Warsaw/Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year! Greg has been a tireless worker for the Chamber, lending a helping hand at everything from their special events to member outreach and retention.
MutualBank would like to take a moment to thank Greg for his dedication to the Warsaw and Kosciusko County community. We appreciate all you do to help people live better lives!
Pictured: (L to R) Greg Binkerd and Mark Dobson, Chamber President