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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, Cyber Security Awareness Month serves to bring awareness to the increasing risk of your personal data being hacked online.   Living in an ever-changing digital world, it is crucial you take steps to guard your personal information online. Here are some tips for increasing your cyber security: Be cautious about what you click on Avoid sending or storing personal information on your cell phone, tablet, laptop, and computer Do not use untrustworthy public wireless hot-spots Never leave your devices unattended Update your computer software with the latest security Avoid suspicious emails and phone calls We hope you follow these tips to prevent your personal data from becoming hacked. Should you fall victim to identity theft online, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company stands ready to assist you. We offer protection ...

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National Identity Fraud Awareness Week

August 7th to 13th is National Identity Fraud Awareness Week. According to the iii, there were 16.7 million victims of identity fraud, resulting in $16.8 billion stolen in 2017. Identity theft continues to be on the rise and it is important you take precautions to lower your risk of falling victim. Consider these 5 tips for identity theft prevention: Secure your Social Security number. Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements and expired credit cards. Install firewalls and virus-detection software on your computer. Create complex passwords for all your personal accounts. Review your credit report annually to make sure it does not include accounts you are unaware of.   Should you fall victim to identity theft, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company stands ready to assist you. We offer our policyholders with protection against identity theft for a minimal annual cost of $25. This ID theft protection will restore your credit to the level it was p ...

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Prevent Identity Theft Over the Holiday Season

The holiday season is undoubtedly one of the busiest shopping times of the year. As such, purchases made during this busy time of year could expose you to hackers and scammers looking to steal your identity and drain your bank account. Consider the following tips to protect your information, and wallet during this holiday season: Purchase items using cash or credit cards to limit the use of your debit card. It is much easier for hackers to obtain your information from online purchases. If possible, shop in-store rather than shopping online. If you are doing some online shopping, be sure your computer is equipped with antivirus software and firewalls. Shred any documents containing personal information, such as your social security number, driver's license number, bills, and bank statements. Give yourself the gift of identity theft coverage. Florida Peninsula offers an economical endorsement which can be added to their policies providing assistance if you ever ...

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#FightingFraudFriday: Ways to Avoid Hackers

Shopping online is one of the most convenient ways to purchase items without having to go to multiple stores, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. Cyber criminals use the web to gain access to personal and financial information in order to purchase items for themselves. Unfortunately, consumers end up paying the price. Here are a few ways to avoid getting hacked:  Update Your Computer Security: When it comes to your computer's security software, avoid ignoring alerts and be sure it is up to date for your protection.  Separate Personal and Financial Activity: Avoid using your personal computer (social media, e-mail, shopping) for financial business, since you are using things such as social media platforms and ordering online. Clicking into certain links can be dangerous, and may allow a virus to enter your computer, granting hackers access to your information. If you own or manage a company, it would be best to use a separate computer.  Two- Factor Authentica ...

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#FightingFraudFriday: E-mail Scams

E-mail provides us with a convenient, and powerful, communications tool. Unfortunetly, it also allows scammers to lure potential victims. In order to protect yourself from these types of scams, you should understand how they work and what you can do to avoid them. Here are some things you should look out for: Beware of hyperlinks: Watch out for links in e-mails from people or companies you don't recognize. Sometimes, by clicking into these links, you are allowing scammers to enter your computer to access your personal and financial information.  Business/ Investment Opportunities: If someone you don't know is offering you a business or investment opportunity via e-mail, you should mark it as spam right away. Work from Home Schemes: This is considered to be a very old-fashioned fraud scheme. If you would like to work from home, there are plenty of companies willing to hire remote employees. It may be in your best interest to apply directly through a company, instead of mass e-mail link.  O ...

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