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Streaming Apps and Malware: What You Need to Know
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Streaming Apps and Malware: What You Need to Know

Streaming can be a convenient and cost-effective alternative to paying for cable and purchasing or renting DVDs. Its popularity has risen in recent years and it is now easier than ever to access video and TV shows through smart TVs, streaming boxes, and streaming sticks. Unfortunately, hackers are also using these tools to spread malware and steal personal information from unsuspecting consumers. HOW MALWARE IS SPREAD Malware is usually lurking behind free, illegal pirated content. While emphasis has been placed on the danger of websites with pirated content, the landscape is shifting. Now there are apps and add-ons that work…
FTC Warns of Increase in Romance Scams, Costing Victims Millions
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FTC Warns of Increase in Romance Scams, Costing Victims Millions

The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers of growing attempts by scammers to commit fraud through online romance scams. A reported $143 million was lost to romance scams in 2018 – a median loss of $2,600 per consumer – and a higher total than for any other type of scam…
Hang Up on Medicare Card Scams
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Hang Up on Medicare Card Scams

Earlier this year, Medicare began sending new cards to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. The new cards help protect identities by replacing each person’s Social Security number with a unique Medicare number. As expected, scammers are trying to cash in on this change. These scammers typically reach out by phone…
Tech Support Scams on the Rise
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Tech Support Scams on the Rise

Tech support scams, which get people to pay for fake computer help or share their personal information, are convincing. They are also becoming more prevalent. Some scammers call and claim to be computer techs associated with well-known companies like Microsoft or Apple. Others send pop-up messages that warn about computer…
Cybersecurity: How to Detect and Prevent Phishing Scams
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Cybersecurity: How to Detect and Prevent Phishing Scams

When you receive an email or phone call referencing your bank account, credit card activity, or the Internal Revenue Service, do you assume it is safe to respond? If the name or company is familiar, our instinct is often to trust the source. Unfortunately, criminals have developed techniques that take…
Cybersecurity Alert: Protect Yourself from “Spectre” and “Meltdown” Security Flaws
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Cybersecurity Alert: Protect Yourself from “Spectre” and “Meltdown” Security Flaws

Have you heard the names Spectre and Meltdown circulating in the news? These recently announced computer security flaws have researchers concerned about the safety of sensitive data stored on computer devices. The full impact is currently unknown, but consumers and businesses using desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobile devices, and cloud services…
1st National to Change Charters and Name
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1st National to Change Charters and Name

November 1, 2017— Berlin, Wis. — In August of 2017, 1st National Bank’s management team started the process to change from a national to a state bank charter.  In doing so, the bank stated they will be better aligned with the communities they serve, have additional resources to focus on…
Identity Theft Protection for Kids: What Parents Can Do
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Identity Theft Protection for Kids: What Parents Can Do

Identity theft is on the top of many consumers' minds lately, with new data breaches announced seemingly weekly. As masses of Americans turn to credit monitoring, fraud alerts, and other solutions to prevent their identities from being stolen, one group sometimes slips through the cracks: children. Parents: don't forget that…
Equifax Data Breach: WI Banking Industry has Consumers’ Backs
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Equifax Data Breach: WI Banking Industry has Consumers’ Backs

You are likely already aware of Equifax’s Data breach that could potentially affect 143 million people. Hackers gained access to certain files in the company’s system from mid-May to July, primarily including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and possibly some drivers license numbers. The Equifax data breach will…
Cyber Scams: Avoiding Check and Wire Fraud
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Cyber Scams: Avoiding Check and Wire Fraud

The internet has become a common place for consumers to buy and sell goods and services. A simple post to Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace takes only minutes and can earn you money for anything from a handmade barn wood table to an old wedding dress, side jobs, and much more.…