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When we are informed of data breeches that could affect our members, we will post them here. In the meantime, here are some basic tips on how to protect your identity:
- Change your passwords and make them smart (be creative) every six months.
- Be careful what you store electronically (ie. Never emailing your Social Security number).
- Utilize antivirus software.
- Don’t download files from unfamiliar sources.
- Check to see where a link will take you before clicking on it.
Each year, nearly all of Maine's credit unions, including Taconnet FCU, participate in the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger. Since 1990, the year that this collective effort began, Maine's credit unions have raised and distributed more than $5.9 million to help end hunger in Maine.
Dare we say it? Fall is right around the corner, which means that school will be starting up again in the very near future. Gone are the long summer days, and before you know it, the leaves will be changing on the trees yet again. If you're an incoming first year student at college, chances are you'll be purchasing some new items for your dorm. Instead of draining your account, here's some quick tips to making sure you're fully prepared for your upcoming fall semester!
If you own a house, you know that being a homeowner has both pros and cons. Pro: The people screaming upstairs are probably your children and you can tell them to settle down. Pro: You earn equity against your house as you pay down your mortgage which means you can take out a home equity line of credit for various expenses that may arise in your life. Con: Things break, and when you're the landlord and owner, you have to fix them. Con: Mowing your lawn is not always pleasant. Con: Your house is potentially a money pit.
"Wait...what's a money pit?"
If you have a pulse, and we assume that you do if you are reading this, you've probably been contacted to participate in a scam. Each week we hear about new scams, and unfortunately many people fall victim to the false lotteries, Craigslist offers and "hostage situations". Perhaps you have been contacted by one of these scam artists and aren't exactly sure what to do when you pick up the phone. Here's a few strategies the next time you get an email or phone call and aren't sure what to do.