Category: IT Security

Defending Yourself Against Identity Theft

July 3rd, 2017 by

As technology advances, you can be sure that identity thieves are not far behind. Here are some common methods cyberthieves use to steal your personal information and how you can increase your security while shopping or banking.


Your email messages may not be quite what they appear to be if you’re targeted by a phishing scam. (more…)

Travel and Holiday Financial Security Tips

December 23rd, 2015 by

The Holiday Time is a popular time for holidaying and traveling. We want to help you keep your banking safe and secure, easy and hassle-free. Here are some helpful tips you can use to look after your finances while you’re


You should make sure your cards are kept safe while you’re on holidays, just as you would when you’re at home.

• Keep your card, PIN and online banking secure code safe and secure at all times, remember your pin and (more…)

Your History Lesson, featuring the ATM

October 20th, 2015 by

ATM-PhotoATM, cashpoint, hole in the wall…regardless of how you refer to it, chances are you’ve experienced standing in front of one, and in line for one, more than you realize. Maybe you’ve been outside in subzero temperatures, maybe an absurd service fee has been inflicted upon you, or even a combination of the two.

Nearing its 50-year anniversary, the now ubiquitous cash dispenser made its debut in 1967. Though its uniqueness is undeniable, its origins are a bit knotty. It’s been said the first cash machine appeared in Japan, though there’s very little published on the matter. Whether or not that’s true, Europe certainly had the most successful implementation of after-hours cash dispensers, a response from bankers to the rising labor costs and unionization.

The automated teller machines of today are essentially the culmination of several inventions from multiple people over a few decades. The history is confusing, but we’ve decided to take it upon us to break it down. (more…)

Protect Yourself from ID Theft

July 15th, 2015 by

Protect Yourself from ID Theft


Identity theft is everywhere. Turn on your TV, and you’ll see “special reports” on how to prevent it. Turn on the radio, and hear ads for services pledging to protect you from it. Search for it on Google, and you get 140 million results. In fact, according to a (more…)

Your Security, Business Account Takeover

July 6th, 2012 by

Business Account Takeover is the business equivalent of personal identity theft. Businesses not only need to protect themselves from identity theft but also ensure they have protections in place so that they do not have a business account takeover. (more…)

Your Security, Identity Theft

June 20th, 2012 by

Identity theft is a growing problem and consumers need to take measures to protect themselves at all times.  Awareness is one of the best deterrents against fraud. Criminals can steal your identity in many ways, and are inventing new avenues every day.  Howard Bank takes real interest and responsibility in protecting our customers against fraud, and while we have many checks in place to detect deceitful activity, we both can only benefit from customers who are (more…)

Your Security, Password

May 31st, 2012 by

You are responsible for maintaining one of the most important security measures: your password. Please be sure to keep your password a secret. We recommend you memorize your password. It is not recommended you write it down or carry your password in your purse, wallet, or computer bag. Make sure no one watches you enter your password and always close your browser when leaving a computer. Make sure you regularly scan your computer for viruses that could (more…)

Password Security

March 2nd, 2011 by

It seems you need a username and password for just about everything you do online today. It can become very tedious and annoying to keep up with all those different passwords. Worst of all, just when you manage to memorize one, you are forced to change it.  As troublesome as it may seem, the reality is that we sometimes take (more…)

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