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Ways to Maintain Your Home & Prevent Losses

Here are a few maintenance tips you might want to add to your Honey-Do list:

Keep Safe During This Memorial Day Weekend

Lots going on this weekend; most likely you will have a barbeque and take a dip in the pool.  Here are a few things to consider this Memorial Day weekend to keep you and your family safe:

Mobile Device Threats

According to Michael Ogden in his recent article in PropertyCasualty 360, there are five mobile device threats and how to prevent them. 

Top threats:

Happy Mother's Day

Bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day

Support Small Businesses This Weekend

Wrap up the Small Business Week by supporting local businesses.  Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy. They also create two out of every three new jobs.  To survive they need our support.

So, when you run your errands this weekend, stop by and support your local small businesses.

Compromised Emails on the Rise

The compromise of business email is on the rise, particularly for cloud-based applications, according to the most recent report from Beazley Breach Response Services, part of specialist insurer Beazley P.L.C. 

The industries most affected were the financial services, health care and professional services industries, according to the Beazley Breach Insights report, released Monday.

Many of the incidents involved Office 365, the cloud-based suite of Office applications, which accounted for 13% of incidents, the report said. 

Beware of the latest Medicare Scam

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud is warning seniors of an identity-theft scam targeting Medicare recipients.

Starting this month, Medicare will be mailing new cards with random characters – instead of Social Security numbers – to nearly 60 million seniors. The new cards are a security measure to prevent medical and financial ID theft by scammers who steal seniors’ Social Security numbers from the cards, according to the coalition.

Tax Day

April 17th is right around the corner and that is when we submit our tax filings to our state and federal government. Tax deductions can help you cut down your 2017 tax bill.

Here are 11 deductions that you might have overlooked courtesy of CNN Money:

Traditional IRA contributions - you have till April 17th to make a tax-deductible contribution to your traditional IRA for 2017.  You can contribute $5,500, or $6,500 if you're over 50.

April is Stress Awareness Month

Since 1992, April has been designated as Stress Awareness Month.  According to the American Institute of Stress, about 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related disorders, ranging from stomach trouble to heart disease.  Job related stress costs American businesses about $150 billion a year.

AmeriHealth has put together an entire Stress Awareness Employer Toolkit that you can use to coordinate employee sessions on how to handle stress.  Among the items are quiz, fact sheets, flyers, and resources

Data Breach at Orbitz

Do you use Orbitz to book your travel?  If so, you might be one of over 880,000 payment card number and related information exposed to a data breach.  These were two breaches which occurred:

  • January 1, 2016 and June 22, 2016
  • January 1, 2016 and December 22, 2016

If you booked travel via Orbitz, you might be a victim of identity theft and aren't aware that you data has been compromised due to the late release of this information by Orbitz.

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