Asset Planning, Inc Blog

The latest from the team.

Internet Security

Padlock

When browsing the internet and logging into certain sites, it's become almost habit to look for the little green padlock to make sure that you are entering a secure website. well, unfortunately a lot of phishing sites have started using the green padlock as well to try to fool the average user. These phishing sites try to copy a legitimate site, pose as an online retailer or other trusted site. Their goal is for you to trust them and enter your personal information, so it can be sold on the dark web and used for identity theft. It's important to always remember to look for the https:// displayed in front of the web address. The padlock by itself means nothing.

Continue reading
  21 Hits
21 Hits

Public Wi-Fi: Don't Do It

Here is a great article with lots of information on the dangers of using public wi-fi. There are some interesting facts that I never even thought of. For example, hackers are not only looking for your personal identifying information but they also are looking at your browsing history to be able to target you in phishing scams based on your interests. These phishing scams come in the form of robocalls, free apps and targeted ads. As always we want you to take every precaution to safeguard yourself from identity theft. This article is definitely worth the read.

https://lifelockunlocked.com/tips/lowdown-public-wi-fi/?cid=em_eNews_vol5_onboardingdbm_readmore_-_

Happy Mother's Day weekend to you all!

Samantha

Continue reading
  196 Hits
196 Hits

Protect Your Information on the Internet

Be wary of a new websites that makes it very easy for literally anyone to get your personal information. There are numerous websites that offer this information but one of the newest and easiest is FamilyTreeNow.com. In a couple of clicks you can find out virtually anything you would like to know about someone including their address, phone number and possible relatives. The amount of information listed on these sites is scary and makes you a perfect target for identity theft. The sad part about it is that it is perfectly legal for these sites to post this information because it is considered public information. There are somethings you can do about it though. Here are some tips we took from the article from Cyber Security experts with the LAPD.

1) Send mail to a box rental service that lets you use a street address over a P.O. box number (since no one will believe you actually live where a P.O. box number is located)

2) Buy property through a blind trust if you can, so your name isn't linked to where you live. The downside is this is very expensive, and it also can make selling your property more challenging.

3) Give out a Google voice number instead of your actual cell phone number.

4) Opt out of information gathering websites.

Here are the opt-out pages for a few of them: 

FamilyTreeNow.com: https://www.familytreenow.com/optout

Intelius.com: https://www.intelius.com/optout.php

LexisNexis.com: https://www.lexisnexis.com/privacy/directmarketingopt-out.aspx

WhitePages.com: https://premium.whitepages.com/help#about

Spokeo.com: http://www.spokeo.com/opt_out/new

411.info: https://411.info/manage/

ZoomInfo.com: http://www.zoominfo.com/lookupEmail

PeopleSmart.com: https://www.peoplesmart.com/optout-go

BeenVerified.com: https://www.beenverified.com/f/optout/search

PeopleFinder.com: http://www.peoplefinder.com/optout.php

If you need assistance with any of these steps, please feel free to call the office to make an appointment and we will be happy to assist you.

Continue reading
  583 Hits
583 Hits

Search Blogs Module

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
interest rates gap insurance money paperwork clutter investment statements Part D premiums . 20 year anniversary 2017 TD Ameritrade National LINC Conference non-prescripstion sunglasses FEMA website home disaster areas card reader identity thieves Social Security Administration vacation Supplemental Security Income 70 1/2. April 18 2017. Healthcare tax deadline Open House Kiplinger Letter estate planning summer account numbers birth certificates identity theft pet supplies clone counterfeits 2017 IRA contributions banking Auto insurance National Ice Cream month Shred paperwork notary services client portal CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER exam increase July 4 Wells Fargo customers April 11 driver license Puerto Rico Medicare question June 29 fees vision screening bottom line trustee padlock FSA Brexit vote Medicare Part B premiums Mobile Banking Security Tips portal 4 pm -8pm https ://seekingalpha privacy settings opt-out IRA accounts Orange County phishing sites October 1 2020. borrowing money IRS deadline information Facebook chip-enabled EMV cards emergency folder car loans prescription eyeglasses insurance policy DNA test kits web address rescue organizations retirement policy jury duty pets credit score Orange County Superior Court wells Fargo president Trump Amazon memorial Day weekend retirement accounts 2018 IRA contributions credit card fraud 401K Legal robocalls Medicare Notary Public health care costs D premiums official certification Victor Dergunov consumer spending Facebook profile VOIP landline phones emergency kit illiegal robocallers home break-ins tax season pet industry Two-Step Verification privacy notices pet Kraig Mathias spring cleaning asset Planning credit freeze https :// home mortgages credit cards clients show support assets Open Enrollment phishing scams drive /usb executive order April 15 Flexible Spending Account earthquake app house sitter retirement planning parking spots flash drive fun facts Roth IRA ice cream event California Lions Friends Wells Fargo employees relief efforts debt insurance policies home security credit card company Affordable Care Act Medicare Part B contribution limit Social Security Retirement Contribution Limits Independence Day “ skimmer ”. 23 andme Treasury Department Fox News story Part B retirement plans trust ID card clients documents estate