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The “Smart” Way to Mitigate Risk in a Connected Home

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With the continued adoption of Smart Home products, many homeowners welcome devices that promote energy efficiency, cost savings benefits, and added security. These protected homes may present a lower risk for insurers and reduce claims expenses, but a…

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How to Be Cybersecure in Virtual Family Gatherings

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The 2020 holiday season is coinciding with a major spike in COVID-19 cases and fatalities and many families are opting to avoid travel and potentially exposing elderly and/or vulnerable relatives. Hosting gatherings on video conferencing platforms such…

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8 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Scams

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The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, especially for scammers. Consumers are typically spending more, doing it quickly, and not paying as much attention to who they’re buying it from because of the rush. With the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Through the Roof! How Roofing Scams Will Cost You

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  In January 2020, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its 2019 Consumer Sentinel Network Report showing that they received a total of 23,963 reports from home repair, improvement, and product fraud. This is a staggering amount of fraud re…

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Time to Fall Back (and Check Your Smoke Alarms)

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This weekend marks Daylight Savings time when we “fall back” an hour. A general rule of thumb is to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors when Daylight Savings Time ends and begins (unless you have a special detector –…

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How to Prepare your Home for Winter

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I don’t know about you, but fall is my favorite season. The weather is perfect, the leaves turn beautiful colors, and it means the holidays are quickly approaching. The worst part about the autumn season is that it goes too…

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Know These Tips for Fire Prevention Week

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Fall is in full force and winter is slowly approaching. People are lighting pumpkin spice candles, turning on the heat, and decorating for the upcoming holidays (I’m guilty on all accounts). And with the colder temperatures, people will be stayin…

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Identity Theft: One Subject You Don’t Want to Learn at College

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As students head off to school this fall, they need to stay vigilant against the scams, schemes, and tricks of identity fraudsters. Student identity theft is on the rise, all around the world. Like most predators, identity thieves like to…

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