Smart Home Vulnerabilities

One of the benefits of the Internet is the rapid development of home security and home automation systems, which are now accessible through Internet Protocol (IP) networks. By connecting devices to IP networks, you can now monitor your surveillance cameras, set your air conditioning, or answer your front door intercom from virtually anywhere in the world.

But along with these conveniences comes increased vulnerability to cyberattacks. Each connected device, including cameras, intercoms, routers, smartphones, tablet computers and more, becomes a potential entry point for cyber criminals. A skilled hacker can gain access to your computer-based system and steal personal information, commit identity fraud, monitor or disable your surveillance cameras and cause other disruptions.
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Autopilot on the Seas

Operating your watercraft on autopilot seems enticing. As your yacht captains itself, you are freed up to pay closer attention to maintaining a clear lookout on the water ahead along with your navigation and communication equipment. However, with the convenience of having an autopilot system, there is some potential for relying on and placing too much confidence in autopilot technology. Continue reading

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Green with Emerald Envy

The month of May brings blooming flowers and warm weather, which is why the vibrant green color of an emerald represents the month as its birthstone. Continue reading

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Preparing for the Storm

Every year from June 1st to November 30th, coastal residents brace for “Hurricane Season”. One of nature’s most fierce natural disasters poses problems if you’re not prepared. Knowing your vulnerabilities and having a plan can help save your family’s lives and protect your property.

A preparedness plan addresses vulnerabilities and provides guidance on how to best protect your family and property. The following preparations are a good starting point for protecting your most prized possessions and should be part of your plan.
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The Cybercrime Financial Threats You May Be Overlooking

Technology has become an integral part of everyday life. However, with nearly 400,000 identity theft complaints reported to the government in 2016, it’s no secret that the benefits of technological advancements are accompanied by numerous, unforeseen threats that leave personal, financial and intellectual information vulnerable to theft. Continue reading

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Protecting Your Income Property Investment

Owning an income or rental property can bring many benefits. When done right, an income property provides additional income, allows diversification of investments, and can offer significant tax deductions. The property value could even appreciate over time.

In the perfect scenario, you will have a long-term tenant that pays the rent regularly and on time, the property will never be vacant, and maintenance issues won’t ever arise. However, the reality is that you will more than likely face times without a tenant, have a tenant that falls behind in rent payments, or have a tenant that doesn’t care about the condition. While there is no guarantee that these situations will always be avoided, we have created a checklist to help prevent loss and protect your income property investment.
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