Making the Most of E-Banking

Most people are at least somewhat tech-savvy these days. But when it comes to digital banking, you might be missing out on a few time-saving tricks. Here's how the internet can help make your financial life easier.

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Topics: Online Banking, Online Fraud, Debit Card, E-banking, Paperless Statements, SecurLock Equip, E-Statements

Daniel Johnson - Commercial Loan officer

Daniel was born and raised in Kanab, where he still resides with his wife of 7 years and 3 little boys. He attended Dixie State University and Southern Utah University. He enjoys fly-fishing, playing basketball, and spending time with his sons. Daniel says that his favorite part about State Bank is the community feel, it’s not about selling products, it’s more about fitting the right product to the customer’s needs.  Daniel likes helping them achieve their goals.

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Topics: Loan, Bio, Banking

Why you should care about the Yahoo breach


User names and passwords were not the only thing crooks stole during the massive Yahoo breach.  They also snagged the answers to challenge-questions for 500 million users.   If you ever used Yahoo mail, you are affected.

Challenge-question answers can be used by crooks to reset account passwords and gain access, sometimes without your knowledge.

Using the same answers to challenge questions at different web sites is common.   How many answers can there be to “Name of your first pet?” or “What’s your favorite color?”

Now the crooks may have the ability to gain access to your other accounts, not just at Yahoo.   

State Bank offers the following tips:

  1. Replace your challenge questions with text message authentication. With this method a code is sent by text to your phone, which must be entered to access your account.
  2. Some providers offer a mobile app that generates an access code. Use that option, as it provides better protection than a text message. 
  3. As always, be on guard for phishing E-mail and be careful what you click. If you get an E-mail from someone you haven’t heard from in a while, call the person before you click on any link or attachment to make sure he or she really sent it.

This is serious, folks.   The breach appears to have started late 2014.  Crooks have a long head start.

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Topics: Fraud, Scam, Education

Tanner Gatchell - Mortgage Loan Officer

Tanner grew up in St. George, Utah and loves anything sports related. He and his family also love going for drives and spend most of their free time at the lake or in the mountains enjoying beautiful Southern Utah. He attended both Southern Utah University and Utah State University. Tanner sold Real Estate for several years and marketed for a title company before joining State Bank. He appreciates State Bank’s family-oriented environment and is excited to help establish a larger mortgage presence in Washington County.

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Topics: Bio, Mortgage Loans, St. George

Justin Barnes - Commercial Loan Officer

 Justin grew up in Cedar City and has always had a great love for sports and the outdoors. He enjoys being a husband and father and watching his children grow, and especially loves spending time with them at their cabin in the mountains. He graduated from Southern Utah University with a double major in Accounting and Business Management and has been in the banking industry for more than 14 years. His favorite part of working for State Bank is being able to help the community with their financial needs. He also appreciates the personable atmosphere and that decisions are made locally.

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Topics: Bio, Cedar City, Loans

About SBSU

Hometown banking was established in southern Utah with the opening of State Bank of Southern Utah in 1957.

Hometown banking is important because people who live and work in southern Utah make the decisions. Bank employees and officers understand the banking needs of area residents because they are affected by the same economic climate. Find out what hundreds already know - hometown banking is better.

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