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Bank Forward online and mobile banking are secure, not impacted by Heartbleed Bug

Many of you may have heard on the news about an Internet bug known as Heartbleed which exposes a flaw in communication that is securely transmitted over the Internet.  This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content.  It appears this bug may have been around for a couple of years; however, researchers just published their findings this week.

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Bank Forward Welcomes New Hires!

We are please to announce the addtion of two new members to our team!

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Bank Forward Raises Over $400 for Walker Area Food Shelf Drive

Bank Forward hosted a Walker Area Food Shelf Drive during the month of March, an annual fundraiser held at the Walker branch.

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Distracted Driving

Did you know that distracted driving is estimated to be a factor in between 25 to 30 per cent of all traffic crashes - that's 4,000 or more crashes a day. This information comes from NETS (Network of Employers for Traffic Safety).

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Flood Insurance Reform: Where are we now?

With the deadline for enrollment into the health care marketplace finally behind us, those in the insurance industry may shift our focus to more controversial legislation. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was set to see drastic changes due to the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012. Although the law was already being enforced, both the House and Senate were pushing separate bills to amend the law as recently as last month. The House bill was seeking to limit the rate increases to be more gradual with a maximum increase of 15% per year. The Senate bill would have delayed all rate hikes until September 30, 2017. The result of the House and Senate bills was a new law called Flood Insurance Homeowner Affordability Act (FIHAA). This new act was signed into law on March 21, 2014 and amended some of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012.

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Watch for Fraudulent Cashier's Checks

Bank Forward received a call March 27 from an individual out of state who was sent a cashier’s check that appeared to be drawn on Bank Forward in response to a "Paid to Drive" offer through the internet. The payee was sent more money than he expected and was instructed to wire a portion of the funds via Western Union to an Auto Support team. The recipient thought that sounded suspicious so he called Bank Forward to verify the validity of the check. This check was fraudulent.

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Tips on Deducting Charitable Contributions

If you are looking for a tax deduction, giving to charity can be a ‘win-win’ situation. It’s good for them and good for you. Here are eight things you should know about deducting your gifts to charity:

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Protecting Your Financial Information in a Large Scale Data Breach

Headlines about large scale data breaches can be scary, but don’t panic. There are steps you can take to protect yourself. 

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Protecting Your Digital Assets After You’re Gone

 

You’ve created a will, written an advance health-care directive and selected an executor for your estate. You’ve let your loved ones know your wishes in terms of finances and end-of-life care, but have you thought about what happens to your Facebook page or your iTunes collection after you’re gone?

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Just Hang Up: New Scam Hits Local Communities

The cyber criminals are at it again….   This week we learned of a new scam which begins with a phone call from someone pretending to be from the Social Security office. 

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Tips for Self-Employed Taxpayers

If you are an independent contractor or run your own business, there are a few basic things to know when it comes to your federal tax return. Here are a few tips you should know about income from self-employment:

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Itemizing vs. Standard Deduction: Six Tips to Help You Choose

When you file your tax return, you usually have a choice whether to itemize deductions or take the standard deduction. Before you choose, it’s a good idea to figure your deductions using both methods. Then choose the one that allows you to pay the lower amount of tax. The one that results in the higher deduction amount often gives you the most benefit.

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Weekend Warrior: In like a Lion, Out on a Stretcher?

Ah, those first warm breezes of spring! Soon even the most devout winter couch potato’s dreams turn from football on television to those long-harbored visions of a major landscaping project or exterior home refresh. It’s not just baseball where spring hopes spring eternal!

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Ten Things to Know about the Taxpayer Advocate Service

Below are ten things you should know about the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS, created to help taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS and recommend changes that will prevent the problems.

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Our Website is Getting a New Look!

On March 4th our website got a brand new look. Below are a few helpful tips for viewing the new site.

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America Saves Week, February 24—March 1, 2014

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is encouraging consumers to use America Saves Week as a time to begin or continue saving towards financial goals they have set for themselves.

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Fraud Alert

Stay on the alert for fraudulent messages on your computer.

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“One-ring” cell phone scam can ding your wallet

Who’s calling now? That number doesn’t ring a bell. Hold the phone, says the Federal Trade Commission. You could be a potential victim of the growing "one-ring” cell phone scam.

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Could you spot a fake ATM?

Can we let you in on a little secret? Crooks are trying to get into your bank’s system and steal your money.

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IRS Warns of Tax-time Scams

It’s true: tax scams proliferate during the income tax filing season. The IRS provides the following scam warnings so you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim of these crimes:

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