Financial Wellness Blog

Welcome to our Financial Wellness Blog - dedicated to highlighting financial information that's useful to everyone. We've also included a Community Spotlight to promote volunteer organizations in our hometowns - Carmel, Dunkirk, Fishers, Hartford City, Knightstown, Montpelier, New Castle, Pendleton, Rushville, and Union City. If you'd like to submit an article for a non-profit, please read this or email Leah Driver. Thank you!

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Securely Gaming Online

June 2, 2022 | Charlie Goldner, founder of CyberNV and a SANS instructor

What makes online gaming so fun is that you can play and interact with others from anywhere in the world, often you don’t even know the people you are playing with. While the vast majority of people online are out to have fun...read more

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Top Three Social Media Scams

April 19, 2022 | Chris Elgee, Certified SANS Instructor

While social media is a fantastic way to communicate, share, and have fun with others, it is also a low-cost way for cyber criminals to trick...read more

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World Backup Day

March 31, 2022 | Leah Driver

I understand procrastination - you're busy, time gets away from you, you're tired - there's no excuse I haven't used to delay something I know I should do. Apparently I'm not alone...read more

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Fraud Alert! Beware of Common Tax Scams

February 23, 2022 | Carlos Kizzee, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement MS-ISAC

Tax season is upon us, a time of year when the scammers go into overdrive. Be extra careful while online, and avoid activities that could put your identity and finances at risk. It doesn’t matter whether...read more

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Anyone Can Start a Career in Cybersecurity

February 7, 2022 | Lodrina Cherne, Principal Security Advocate at Cybereasonand Certified Instructor at the SANS Institute

Have you considered a career as a cybersecurity professional? It is a fast-paced, highly-dynamic field with a huge number of exciting...read more

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Cyber Security for Small-Mid Size Businesses

February 1, 2022

Cyber-attacks are a growing threat for small businesses and the US economy. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, the cost of cyber crimes exceeded $4.2 billion in 2020. The most successful cyber-attacks typically utilize the same...read more

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Spot and Stop Messaging Attacks

January 4, 2022 | Jeff Lomas,SANS SEC487 Open-Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis (OSINT) Instructor

Smishing are attacks that occur when cyber attackers use SMS, texting, or similar messaging technologies to trick you into taking an action you should not take. Perhaps they fool...read more

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Top Cybersecurity Tips for Vacation

December 2, 2021 | Princess Young, Senior Analyst at Southwest Airlines

As the holiday season approaches, millions of people will be traveling. If you are among the many, here are some tips to help keep you cyber savvy and safe....read more

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Stress Less This Holiday Season With These 10 Shopping Tips

November 17, 2021 | Carlos Kizzee, VP of Stakeholder Engagement, MS-ISAC

It is that time of year again, festivities, family gatherings and holiday shopping! Many consumers will avoid brick and mortar stores...read more

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Shopping Online Securely

November 8, 2021 | Mark Orlando, CEO/co-founder of Bionic and SANS Institute instructor

The holiday season is nearing. Soon millions of people will be looking to buy the perfect gifts, and many of us will shop online. Unfortunately, cyber criminals will be active...read more

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This October, Commit to Being Cyber-Aware: Raise Your Cybersecurity Game

October 12, 2021 | Carlos Kizzee, MS-ISAC Chair

In its most recent annual Cost of a Data Breach report, the Ponemon Institute reviewed more than 500 incidents around the world. The results were sobering: the average...read more

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Avoid the Most Common Email Mistakes

October 5, 2021 | Steffanie AK Schilling, VP of Infragard - Northern Ohio

Email is still one of the primary ways we communicate, both in our personal and professional lives. However, quite often we can be our own worst enemy when using email. Here are the most common mistakes people make with email and how to avoid them....read more

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One Simple Step to Securing Your Accounts

September 8, 2021 | Lysandra Capella, SANS Institute Instructor in Training for SANS AUD507

Does it seem like cyber criminals have a magic wand for getting into your email or bank accounts and there’s nothing you can do to stop them? Wouldn’t it be great if there...read more

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Cybersecurity for Families: Cyberbullying and Information Sharing

August 17, 2021 | Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair

As technology continues to evolve, the tools and toys available to your children increase in number and evolve in capabilities. Technology can be used to educate and inspire creativity in kids,...read more

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Securely Using the Cloud

August 9, 2021 | Tameika Reed, Founder of Women in Linux

You may have heard of a concept called “the cloud.” This means using a service provider on the internet to store and manage your data. Examples include creating documents on Google Docs, accessing email in Microsoft O365, sharing files via Dropbox, or storing your pictures...read more