10. April 2014 15:03
What is the Heartbleed Bug?
Heartbleed is a flaw in the programming on secure websites that could put your personal information at risk, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails. The Heartbleed Bug is a defect in encryption technology – called Open SSL – used by most Web servers to secure users’ personal or financial information. It is behind many "https" sites that collect personal or financial information. Basically, it provides a secure connection when you are conducting a transaction or sending an e-mail online. Experts discovered the bug recently and warned that cybercriminals could exploit it to access visitors' personal data or to impersonate a website and collect even more information. [More]
31. March 2014 14:36
Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manager their personal finances. Achieved through the collaboration of non-profit organizations, financial institutions, libraries, businesses, schools and government agencies, free education seminars and activities are provided throughout the week. [More]
17. March 2014 16:24
We ran across a great article from Abby Hayes in the U.S. News and World Report My Money Blog published March 14, 2014. The information was so great we wanted to share. Take a look at her tips to Spring Clean your Finances. When you get to #3, be sure to sign up for eStatements for you Austin Bank accounts. There are lots of great advantages. [More]
27. February 2014 15:00
Anybody who has ditched plans to eat a salad to scarf down a plate of nachos instead (like I did, um, yesterday) can tell you that even though we humans usually know what’s best for us, it’s sometimes difficult to actually do the right thing.
This is especially true when it comes to saving money -- for emergencies, for retirement, or for almost anything else. But there is some good news. Studies show that once we do set money aside, we’re likely to leave it there. So how do we get ourselves to save in the first place? By automating!
Here are six easy ways to do just that. [More]
18. September 2013 11:51
Credit scores drive many things in our current economy. Not only affecting loan approvals, they may also affect rates you pay on insurance, credit cards and the issuance of new credit of any kind. Pay attention to your FICO scores; avoid FAKO scores. [More]
19. April 2013 02:06
With summer just around the corner many families are planning to travel.Whether it’s a day trip or a trip outside the country, we encourage our customers to alert us if they plan to use their debit cards outside of their typical shopping areas. [More]
10. April 2013 09:37
My great-grandma always used to say a penny saved is a penny earned. And she was right! While I don't re-use plastic sandwich baggies like she did, I do practice a few money-saving habits that help me find an extra $50 or so each month to put away towards my financial goals. Here are five of my favorites. [More]
26. March 2013 10:30
The official web site www.annualcreditreport.com is the ONLY authorized online source for you to get a free credit report under federal law. You can get a free report from each of the three national credit reporting companies every twelve months. [More]
8. March 2013 16:13
Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March. This year, that falls on Sunday, March 10. The majority of people will change their clocks on Saturday evening before they go to bed, but you could wait and do it Sunday morning as well. [More]