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In today’s ever-changing and technology-driven world, online learning is becoming the educational method of choice. From one-on-one webinars to cross-company conferences, many are utilizing and leveraging online learning events for professional and personal gain. Virtual events are not only cost-effective by avoiding the need for plane tickets, hotel stays and meal expenses, but also convenient as a participant can log on from anywhere with an internet connection.
Adjusting to the cadence of online learning can be challenging. To help, here are a list of tips to get the most out of your next virtual experience.
Juggling housing and vehicle costs, insurance, groceries, entertainment, everyday expenses and more can be overwhelming and wear a hole in your wallet. The good news: there is an easier option. Simplify your in-store, online and in-app purchases – big or small – with an affordable APGFCU® Visa® Credit Card to speed through checkout and get back to your day. With low, competitive interest rates on a variety of card types, we have tailored options to fit your unique needs of today and tomorrow.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the past year and appreciate your blessings and opportunities. However, your festive feast could be gobbling up your budget. In 2019, the average American spent an estimated $186 on Thanksgiving – an over 5% increase from the previous year1. Of this, 82% is spent on food, drinks and other meal expenses1. Additionally, Americans purchase over 700 million pounds of turkey for their Thanksgiving meals each year – 35% of which goes to waste2.
Let’s take a look at a few ways you can trim your Thanksgiving spending and celebrate without starving your wallet.
Here are five types of life events we’ve helped finance for our members with an APGFCU® Personal Loan. Let us help you, too.
Summer months are a time for fun, sun, and adventure. Unfortunately, that can come with a price. Utility costs, especially electricity, often spike in the summer when many are cranking the air conditioning to keep their homes comfortable. To help keep you and your wallet cool this summer, we have compiled a list of tips to cut down on expensive habits, increase efficiency, and save.
Financing a new car can be a stressful ordeal. You’re making a large purchase and at the same time the dealer may be offering several diverse financing options. You may find yourself asking – Which is the best financing option for me? Thankfully, we are here to help.
Refinancing your existing mortgage can have a significant impact on your financial health, for better or for worse. Be sure to consider all options before deciding if a pre-retirement refinance is right for you.
Fraud and Security
Online and mobile banking is becoming the new normal for consumers on-the-go. Managing accounts virtually empowers individuals to gain better visibility into their finances anywhere, anytime, with just a few clicks. However, linking your financial account to the correct and legitimate website can sometimes be tricky. Cybercriminals frequently replicate valid websites to con unsuspecting consumers into either opening malicious links on their page that flood their device with malware, or divulging personal information, which they can use to wipe out your account or steal your identity. While these sites may appear similar to legitimate sites, there are a few red flags you can identify to determine the validity of your financial institution’s website.
As our modern world leans more and more into streamlining efficiency and speed via technological advances, we need to be vigilant in protecting our personal information – especially when it comes to finances. With every passing day, scammers and hackers are coming up with new methods to gain access to our sensitive information without us even knowing.
However, there are a few common ways personal information can be stolen that are preventable if you are aware of and understand the consequences. To help, we’ve compiled a list of common scams, which could put your financial health at risk.
Advancing technology continues to provide efficiencies and convenience to our daily lives, especially in the forms of online shopping and banking. Where you once needed to physically travel into a store or financial institution to make a purchase or transfer funds, you now have the power and capability to perform many transactions anywhere, anytime from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. And while e-commerce has significantly improved the ease at which we manage our purchases and accounts, it can also put your money and identity in jeopardy.
Cybercriminals are constantly evolving their methods to gain access to your personal information and hack into your accounts with ease – and they’re having enormous success. It is essential to remain vigilant when shopping or banking online to avoid falling victim to a cyber attack. To help, we’ve compiled a list of tips to keep your finances, personal information, and identity secure during online transactions.
Passwords are the lock and key to your most sensitive information: finances, account data, Social Security numbers (SSN), and more. But many are easy to figure out, including a birthday, pet’s name, “123456,” or simply “password.” An estimated 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error, and cybercriminals are waiting to take advantage of your mistake and wipe out your accounts.1 Plus, 73% of Microsoft users recycle passwords for both their personal and work accounts, making them all too easy for cybercriminals to figure out.2
Black Friday is the unofficial start of the holiday gift-hunting season, followed quickly by the online-exclusive Cyber Monday. Every year, savvy shoppers and bargain hunters across the country hear the siren song of can’t-miss deals – some of which are too good to be true. As consumers flood the web on Black Friday and Cyber Monday searching for the best discounts, so do scammers, hackers and identity thieves for unsuspecting victims to steal information, funds or worse.
Staying secure is imperative to shopping online during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. To help, we’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts to avoid getting caught in a scam.
The expansion of technology into almost every aspect of our daily lives has enabled us to connect and communicate with the world around us faster and easier than ever before. But with the good, also comes danger. Cybercriminals continue to develop ever-evolving methods to take advantage of the various devices that streamline our careers, relationships, and finances – and use them against us through intuitive social engineering attacks such as vishing and smishing.
Online shopping offers the timeliness and convenience consumers need to keep up with their busy lives – especially during the holidays. E-commerce is expected to grow by 25-35% during the 2020 holiday season and surpass $180 billion in sales for November, December and January1. As you’re waiting on your holiday packages to arrive this season, be careful to avoid getting caught in an emerging phishing scam, which could corrupt your device or jeopardize your financial standing.
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