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Beware Ransomware

Beware Ransomware

4/17/2018 Cyber criminals have become more sophisticated and business-minded. This seems to be the recurring theme with each of the cyber security topics we discuss. In this blog we plan to touch on Ransomware. Ransomware is a form of malware that takes over your computer and threatens you with harm. Not...

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Important Tax Fraud Alert

Important Tax Fraud Alert

3/9/2018 On February 21, 2018 the Internal Revenue Service issued alert number I-22118-PSA. This alert in summary is to notify the public that there has been a significant increase in W-2 phishing scams. The IRS’s Online Fraud Detection & Prevention (OFDP) unit monitors for suspicious emails has noticed...

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Top 25 Most Hacked Passwords of 2017

Top 25 Most Hacked Passwords of 2017

1/9/2018 During the last year we’ve spent a lot of time talking about the importance of good password management. Listening to local radio on the way into work an employee heard two radio DJ’s discussing an article that was published recently citing the 25 most hacked passwords of 2017. Sure enough,...

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Important Mobile App Information

Important Mobile App Information

12/22/2017 Centennial Bank has become aware of specific mobile banking malware targeting 2,200 banks that attempts to steal banking credentials and credit card information. The malware tricks users into downloading what looks like the mobile banking app from a third party app store, phishing site, or fake...

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Holiday Online Shopping Tips

Holiday Online Shopping Tips

12/7/2017 Holiday shopping is going full-tilt as we write. According to a joint National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics survey, over 64 million Americans shopped both online and in physical stores from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday. Approximately 58 million people chose to do...

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Password Management

Password Management

10/26/2017 Earlier this month, we blogged about data breaches and what steps to take in the event a breach impacts you. The 2017 Verizon Data Breach Report stated that 81% of hacking related breaches used either stolen and/or weak passwords. The takeaway is to understand the importance of good password management...

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Data Breach: What to do

Data Breach: What to do

10/4/2017 Data breaches are becoming a more common occurrence as hackers and scammers continue to look for ways to attach or phish information from consumers. With October being National Cyber Security month we planned to start a month of cyber security education by providing you with steps to take if you...

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Hurricane Irma Disaster-Recovery Financial Services

9/26/2017 Centennial Bank is saddened by the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. We are here to provide a helping hand to our customers and employees who face challenges from this event. Disaster-recovery financial services that are available upon request to our customers in FEMA-declared areas:   ...

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Connected Devices: The Internet of Things

Connected Devices: The Internet of Things

8/28/2017 What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? We have become more connected than ever before. A little over ten years ago, we only accessed the Internet through a laptop or a desktop computer. Then, we added phones and tablets to our list of connected devices. Today, we have even smaller connected devices,...

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Are they really into you?

Are they really into you?

8/1/2017 It’s hard to believe during a recent conference call that one of the fastest growing fraud activities at Centennial Bank is called "Catphishing". Every year around Valentine’s Day online dating scams soar understandably so. According to CNBC, 1.26 percent of online Valentine’s...

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Identifying and Reporting Common Scams

Identifying and Reporting Common Scams

7/19/2017 On July 6, 2017 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an alert on scammers posing as FTC officials who contact individuals and claim they have won prizes from a charity contest. The scammers ask for money to cover taxes or insurance costs associated with the prize. While this is a new malicious...

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Sun, Sand, and Cybersecurity

Sun, Sand, and Cybersecurity

6/27/2017 School’s out and the beach and mountains are calling. It is that time of the year when so many of us pack our bags and hit the open road or head to the airport for a well-earned vacation. We may be ready to take a break from our normal lives, but we still need to be cyber secure while we are...

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Are You Traveling?

Are You Traveling?

5/24/2017 Let us know it is really you spending your money out of town. Call-ahead Travel Notes can help you avoid the confusion of blocked transactions making access to your money more convenient and secure. How can you help? Contact us one of two ways before you leave and place travel notes on your...

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Are You Really Being Secure Online?

Are You Really Being Secure Online?

5/17/2017 Browsing the web and interacting with websites in a secure fashion is immensely important in today’s connected world. Everyday things like online banking, shopping, and submitting your taxes involve sharing financial and sensitive information online. This makes browsing securely something that...

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Pull the Curtain on Children's Financial Literacy

Pull the Curtain on Children's Financial Literacy

4/18/2017 Going to the movies with your children can be a life-long experience and an experience that doesn’t have to end when your kids have their own kids. You might have noticed April is Financial Literacy Month so you might guess where we are going with this.  Centennial Bank has a First Account¹...

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