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Data Security Tips For Remote Workers

Data security

Many workers are still working remotely, at least part-time. Moving your "office" to your home has conveniences and challenges — Cybersecurity being one of them. Many people don't have proper knowledge and preparation for potential security threats. Working from home presents a lot of opportunity for someone's personal or business data to be compromised or stolen. The good news is that remote workers can take steps to protect their information and information from their employers. Here are some simple ways to keep your data safe while working from home.

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Close To Retirement? Here’s What You Should Know

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The closer you get to retirement, the more excited you may be—and more worried. If you are 18 to 24 months away from retirement, this article is for you. You may still be wondering if you have enough saved, or if you can (or should) plan on finding a supplemental income. How will an uncertain economy affect your retirement? We answer these questions and more below.

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Maintaining Your Home After Purchase

Home Maintenance

Owning your own home can be an excellent investment. It can also be financially draining if you aren’t regularly maintaining your home. Regular maintenance can take time, planning, and money, but it can help you to save on unexpected repair costs and keep the value of your home up. Below, we share some of our tips for becoming a financially responsible homeowner.

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Financial Stress: The Physical and Mental Effects

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Money may not buy you happiness, but studies show that your relationship with it impacts your health. Did you know money is tied to our basic, hard-wired drive to survive? When that drive can’t be attained, it compounds into stress. Maybe it’s why the age-old saying, “health is wealth,” is more than just a cliché. In the last 30 years ,our society has tripled its debt and simultaneously gotten sicker with heart disease, stroke, and mental illness on the rise. Coincidence or are finances partly to blame?

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Lowering Your Household Food Costs

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These days, most households are looking for ways to cut down on grocery and dining costs. In this article, we take a look at practical ways your family can cut down on food costs, whether you cook at home or tend to order/eat out. By cutting down on food costs, you can free up more funds for savings, everyday expenses, or discretionary spending.

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How To Plan For Financial Emergencies

Emergency Savings Note

Most of us will have to deal with a financial emergency at some point in our lives. They can happen at any time, and rarely come with a warning. Whether you have one year or one week to adjust to such monetary upheavals as divorce, medical emergencies, military deployment or loss of wages, you may be able to sail through financial foul weather – as long as you PLAN for it.

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Wildfire Support

Oregon wildfire

As the wildfires continue to spread throughout the Pacific Northwest, we share your concern and stand ready to support our members, employees, and the communities we serve. Read on for the full message from our CEO.

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Tips For Virtual Job Hunters

Virtual interview

The job search and hiring process have changed dramatically due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the new virtual job application process, or just want to make sure you are putting your best virtual foot forward, here are our tips for success:

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Navigating Reduced Income

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Many Americans are facing drastically reduced income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some people have lost their jobs, or have reduced work available to them. With the CARES Act supplemental relief expiring at the end of July, extra federal unemployment benefits may soon be reduced as well. Below are our tips on surviving on less.

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6 Common Elderly Scams

Senior Scam

There will always be scams, particularly those targeted at seniors. This article identifies some common scams and some tips to help you take control of the situation and stay safe and stay in control.

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