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

4 Ways to use Home Equity


Because of its flexibility, a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is a popular choice for homeowners.  A HELOC allows you to borrow against the equity in your home. Essentially you can borrow up to a certain percentage of your home’s appraised value, less outstanding mortgage balance, and then put that money to use wherever you deem fit. In other words, you are borrowing the equity in your home to use the cash.

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Topics: Banking, Loans, Education, HELOC

10 Holiday Shopping Scams in 2015


Santa isn’t the only one keeping track of who is naughty and who is nice! Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of these common holiday scams.

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Topics: Fraud, Education

How Tokenization Technology Can Protect You from Fraud

Tokenization of credit cards is the latest buzz-word in security. One example of Tokenization is in Apple Pay, where your true card number remains hidden during the transaction. Instead, a temporary number issued by your payment network allows your transaction to be processed without revealing your true card number. Even if the one-time number is intercepted, it cannot be used for additional transactions.

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Topics: Tokenization, Security, Banking Security, Credit Cards, Fraud, Education, Technology, Apple Pay

Banks and Cybersecurity

As a Bank we are continually improving our security measures to make sure your investments, and accounts with us are safe. This is an info-graphic from the American Bankers Association describing the current state of Cybersecurity and what Banks are doing to protect you and your money.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Security, Banking Security, Education

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