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6 Things to Do Before Buying a Home

Posted by TDECU on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 in Real Estate

If you're thinking about buying your first home, you need to start planning now. It takes time and effort to find the perfect home and get the best rate on your mortgage. Here's what you need to do.

How to Plan for Next Year's Taxes

Posted by TDECU on Friday, 23 September 2016 in Financial Fitness

Should you be thinking about taxes when it isn't even April yet? If you don't want to pay the IRS more than you have to, absolutely. Start planning now to maximize your deductions and minimize your tax bill.

Deleting Sensitive Data From a Computer

Posted by TDECU on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 in Security Talk

Did you know that any person with a simple data recovery software program can restore deleted files from your hard drive? Not only that, but they can do this even if you have a freshly formatted drive. When you delete a file, it remains on the hard drive until it is overwritten by another file.

Scary, right? How do you delete your sensitive data, like passwords, completely if you want to sell your computer? Well, the best way to avoid fraud - and to make sure no one gets your deleted files - is to wipe the drive completely. Essentially, you are filling in the areas on the hard drive that were once occupied by the files. Using the delete key or clearing out the Trash bin won't do it.

Fraud costs small organizations an average of $147,000 every year, while a massive 70 percent of customers say they would avoid doing business with a company if it suffered a data breach. As a merchant, protecting your consumers' credit card data is crucial, especially if you want to avoid hefty fines and litigation. Here are three ways to safeguard your small business against credit card fraud.

Recognizing Email Scams: Phishing and Spam

Posted by TDECU on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 in Security Talk

The internet opens virtual doors to the rest of the world and gives you unprecedented access to information, entertainment and services. It also leaves you vulnerable to crime, even in the safety and comfort of your own home. From the 156 million phishing emails sent worldwide each day, a staggering 80,000 people are victimized by fraud and place their personal information in the hands of criminals.

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