Why Banks Are Now Asking Businesses About Beneficial Ownership

On May 11, 2018, a new rule went into effect that requires financial institutions to gather additional information from legal entity (business) customers. The Certification Regarding Beneficial Owners of Legal Entity Customers requirement, or "Beneficial Ownership" for short, was created to help government and law enforcement fight money laundering and terrorism by identifying exactly who benefits from a company's revenue and who actually controls the goings-on within the business.

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Taking On the Top Tax Scams of 2018

The bad guys just LOVE tax season.

This year, they've been busy coming up with lots of new ways to get their greedy hands on our hard-earned refunds.

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5 Super-Quick Ways To Observe National Consumer Protection Week

It seems like there's a week for everything these days. National Pickle-Eating Week. International Pencil-Sharpening Week. Train Your Dog To Jump Rope Week.

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What You Need to Know About Meltdown and Spectre 

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Meltdown and Spectre.

Care to guess what these two words represent? They're not rock bands, and they're not new Marvel villains ready to face off with the Avengers. (Disclaimer: Ok, so my Marvel-ous coworkers have corrected me; there are actually some minor Marvel characters named Meltdown and Spectre.  These aren't them.)

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Jar & Company's Powerful Point of Sale

Justin Allred is a man who wears many hats. He also sells them.

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What is this "Internet of Things" and Why Should I Care?

Even if you've never heard the term "Internet of Things" or its more-often-used abbreviation "IoT," you've probably thought of it. You've definitely used it. And you've probably been frustrated by it. Maybe, even, you can't live without it.

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October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


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Protecting Your Credit File After The Equifax Event

On September 7, 2017 Equifax, one of the "big three" credit bureaus, announced a cybersecurity incident that enabled fraudsters to access the personal information of about 143 million consumers.

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A Former Teller Answers Our Most-Asked Question

As a current branch employee (and former teller) with Bank Independent, one of the most common questions I hear from our customers is, “Why do you always ask for my ID?”

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Securing Your Mobile Connection is Easier than You Think

Did you know that ransomware can infect your mobile phone? Even though the national news keeps us aware of the viruses and malware attacking computer networks around the globe, a lot of us remain oblivious to the cyberthreats looming over our mobile devices--including ransomware.

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