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Stay in financial control while you’re in college

178922935It’s that time of year when many young people are getting ready to head to college. Going to college can be exciting, fun…and expensive. And we’re not just talking about tuition, room and board. There can be a lot of unexpected, small expenses that can add up. Expenses like new clothes, school supplies, books, furniture, a computer, and spending money. Get a good start on your higher education by learning, or brushing up on, some personal finance skills while you’re hitting the books. Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your expenses and be financially fit come graduation day:

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10 Tips to Green Your Home & Save Money

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Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, chances are you care about protecting the environment – and saving money. Here are some tips from STAR Bank and the American Bankers Association to help you do both.

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Housing 101: Terms to Know Before Buying or Renting

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Whether you’re preparing to rent or buy, STAR Bank and the American Bankers Association encourage you to be familiar with the following housing terms:

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6 Items for Your New Home’s To-Do List

STARBlog_HousingMonth(4)If you’re settling in to a new home, there are some important things you need to consider. STAR Bank and the American Bankers Association recommends the following tips.
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6 Tips for Saving for Your Down Payment

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Before you can make the transition from renting your home to owning your home, you will need to have a substantial down payment, typically 5 to 20 percent of the home’s value. STAR Bank and the American Bankers Association suggests the following tips to help save for it:
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7 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score

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An important step to finding a home, whether you’re renting or buying, is ensuring that you have a good credit history. STAR Bank and the American Bankers Association suggests the following tips to improve your credit score.
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5 Important Questions When Choosing Your First Home

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Moving into your own place can be exciting and frightening at the same time. STAR Bank and the American Bankers Association suggests considering the following questions when choosing your own home.  Read More

Common Financial Mistakes Among Young Adults

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Everybody makes mistakes with their money. Here is our list of the top mistakes young people (and even many not-so-young people) make with their money, and what you can do to avoid these mistakes.
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The Heartbleed Bug

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The Heartbleed Bug is a flaw in certain versions encryption technology called OpenSSL.  Many financial institutions like STAR use OpenSSL to secure your username and password on their websites.  It provides a secure connection as evidenced by the padlock symbol in the address bar of the website when you are conducting a transaction online.

Basically, experts recently discovered the padlock could be picked because of this Heartbleed Bug in OpenSSL.  Criminals could then access visitors’ personal data like username, passwords, credit/debit card numbers, and e-mails from the website.

The version of OpenSSL used by STAR’s online banking was not vulnerable to this bug at any point. The currently installed version has not changed and has never been vulnerable, keeping your information secure.

You may have seen in the news media that cyber experts are recommending that you change your passwords to all critical websites. Since STAR was never vulnerable to the bug you do not need to change your STAR password because of the bug. However, STAR recommends that you change your passwords on a regular basis.

Security Alert: Phishing scam targeted towards STAR Bank

 

Phishing-ScamSTAR’s Security Department has received numerous reports of customers and non-customers receiving fake automated calls and text messages indicating that their STAR ATM/Debit card has been block and to call (907) 341-4761.

If you call this number, it says “Thank you for calling STAR Financial Bank.”  This message is NOT from STAR. These types of phishing attacks are on the rise, and the techniques are becoming very sophisticated.

Please follow these precautions:

  • Do not call numbers found in unsolicited messages – use a number from a previous statement, in the phone book or through another trustworthy source.
  • Never provide account numbers, passwords, PINs, credit card security codes, SSN or other confidential information over the phone unless it is in a call you initiated.
  • Keep in mind your financial institution already has this information about you and would not need to contact you to ask for it.

If you have already received the fraudulent message and provided your card information, please contact STAR Customer Service immediately at 888.395.2447.

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