January 20th, 2016
Hyatt Hotels announced that company’s payment processing systems with infected malware. This affected 250 Hyatt Hotels locations in 50 countries. Last December Hyatt Hotels launched an investigation in to this breach. On January 14,2016, A full list of affected locations and the time interval during which the payment cards were exposed: The dates of the infection range from Aug 13. to Dec. 8. Most of the potentially compromised cards were used at restaurants in the affected locations, but a small percentage were used at spas, golf shops, parking systems, front desks and sales offices.
The malware installed on the company’s computers was designed to capture payment card details like cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates and verification codes when passed from the affected locations to the payment processing systems. The company is in the process of sending notification letters to customers for whom it has physical mailing addresses and via email to others. Affected customers will be offered a one-year subscription to identity and fraud protection services provided by US-based CSID for free.
Hyatt has worked with third-party cybersecurity experts to close the security breach and take additional measures so that it doesn’t happen again. The company is the latest in a long string of organizations whose payment systems were infected with malware in recent years. Other companies from the hospitality industry that suffered similar breaches include Hilton Worldwide, Mandarin Oriental and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
For information on the list of locations and Protection Services, Please go here: http://www.hyatt.com/protectingourcustomers/
January 12th, 2016
The IRS has released safety tips for everyone this tax season. Here are some helpful tips on shopping online and working on getting your taxes done this season.
Give personal information over encrypted websites only. If you’re shopping or banking online, stick to sites that use encryption to protect your information as it travels from your computer to their server. To determine if a website is encrypted, look for “https” at the beginning of the web address (the “s” is for secure). Some websites use encryption only on the sign-in page, but if any part of your session isn’t encrypted, the entire account and your financial information could be vulnerable. Look for https on every page of the site you’re on, not just where you sign in.
Protecting your passwords. The longer the password, the tougher it is to crack. Use at least 10 characters; 12 is ideal for most home users. Mix letters, numbers and special characters. Try to be unpredictable – don’t use your name, birthdate or common words. Don’t use the same password for many accounts. If it’s stolen from you – or from one of the companies with which you do business – it can be used to take over all your accounts. Don’t share passwords on the phone, in texts or by email. Legitimate companies will not send you messages asking for your password. If you get such a message, it’s probably a scam. Keep your passwords in a secure place, out of plain sight.
Don’t assume ads or emails are from reputable companies. Check out companies to find out if they are legitimate. When you’re online, a little research can save you a lot of money and reduce your security risk. If you see an ad or an offer that looks too good, take a moment to check out the company behind it. Type the company or product name into your favorite search engine with terms like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” If you find bad reviews, you’ll have to decide if the offer is worth the risk. If you can’t find contact information for the company, take your business and your financial information elsewhere. The fact that a site features an ad for another site doesn’t mean that it endorses the advertised site, or is even familiar with it.
Don’t overshare on social media – Do a web search of your name and review the results. Most likely, the results will turn up your past addresses, the names of people living in the household as well social media accounts and your photographs. All of these items are valuable to identity thieves. Even a social media post boasting of a new car can help thieves bypass security verification questions that depend on financial data that only you should know. Think before you post!
Back up your files. No system is completely secure. Copy important files and your federal and state tax returns onto a removable disc or a back-up drive, and store it in a safe place. If your computer is compromised, you’ll still have access to your files.
Save your tax returns and records. Your federal and state tax forms are important financial documents you may need for many reasons, ranging from home mortgages to college financial. Print out a copy and keep in a safe place. Make an electronic copy in a safe spot as well. These steps also can help you more easily prepare next year’s tax return. If you store sensitive tax and financial records on your computer, use a file encryption program to add an additional layer of security should your computer be compromised.
For more information please go to www.irs.gov
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December 7th, 2015
President and CEO, Jim Minge was interviewed by Carrie McClure on Good Morning Texas, December 7, 2015
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December 7th, 2015
This morning, December 7th, Texas Trust’s very own President and CEO, Jim Minge was interviewed by Carrie McClure on Good Morning Texas.
The hot topic was the Million Dollars in Spirit Debit Rewards donated so far to local school partners including Athens ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, DeSoto ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, and Mansfield ISD. Over the four years that Spirit Debit Rewards has been in process, over a million dollars has been donated altogether to those partnering districts.
Now, communities have the opportunity to make the next million dollars with the newest partner, Arlington ISD. Arlington ISD and Texas Trust Credit Union have joined together as partners, bringing opportunities such as the Spirit Rewards, financial education, student-minded programs, and more to the district.
Let’s celebrate our students, staff, and faculty and start working towards the next million!
December 7th, 2015
You did it! Using your Spirit Cards, you swiped all the way to $1 Million in Spirit Debit Rewards for local schools in Athens, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield.
Now, let’s start counting again with our school partners – including the newest Texas Trust Spirit Rewards partner – Arlington ISD. For some time we’ve heard your requests for Arlington ISD Spirit Cards, and we’ve been working hard to get that partnership developed.
All that work has paid off, and now you can support your local Arlington ISD high school with the Spirit Debit Card of your choice. Six new designs for each high school are ready and waiting for you.
Texas Trust offers instant-issue debit cards so you can walk in and walk out today with your new card. Along with the Spirit Debit Card comes a great checking product called Checking20.
Checking20 offers you fee discounts, monthly cash bonuses, free ID Theft Protection for you and your household, and free cellular phone coverage.
We hope to see you soon in the branches.
One Million Dollars!