ECCU Blog

by Jac La Tour

When I joined the ECCU staff, I was surprised by the scope of training we receive here. Regular training on matters of banking security is mandatory, even for those like me who don’t handle member’s money or have access to their personal information.  [read more]

by Susan Rushing

“Your account appears to have an unauthorized transaction. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your identity.”

Sound familiar? That message is from a recent phishing attempt I received via email. In the act of phishing, Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages in hopes of gaining access to your personal information (credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security numbers, passwords, or other sensitive information). The email looks official and raises concern and may even threaten dire consequences if you do not respond. They include a link to a website that looks official, but isn’t, and captures any personal information you enter so they may steal your identity.  [read more]

by Jac La Tour

To help you know what to expect if you attend the upcoming 2011 Financial Forum for Ministries, I’ve asked each of the presenters what they’ll be covering. Next up is George Martin, CLU with HUB International Insurance Services. His session is titled, “Slaying the Cost Dragon.”  [read more]

by Susan Rushing

Employee education is one of the strongest tools in our arsenal to fight cybercrime.  NACHA, the Electronic Payments Association, suggests that one simple question can make the difference between an infected network and a protected one. Teaching our employees to always ask, “Does this email make sense?” before responding to it, opening an attachment, or clicking on a link, can make all the difference.    [read more]

by Mark Jones

Yes, this is a blog post about the IRS. So, understandably, I’m afraid I might lose you before we even begin. Please don’t check out too soon, though, because here’s the bottom line: The IRS actually has a new program designed to save you hassle and money. 

Good, you’re still reading. Now let’s talk about why this program might be important to your ministry.  [read more]