July Tips

Thinking About a Personal Loan? We’re Here to Help

Most banks designate loans for specific purchases. You buy a home with a mortgage, you buy a car with an auto loan and you pay for college with a student loan. But there are times when you may need money for other things. For those situations, a personal loan offers many advantages.

Personal loans can be used for almost anything:

If you’re ready to move forward with a personal loan, you should take a few steps before you begin your loan application:

If you’re thinking about buying that new car, remodeling your kitchen or taking that vacation you’ve been dreaming about, stop into your local First Nebraska Bank. Our experienced loan officers are happy to sit down with you to discuss all of your financial options so you have the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

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Four Steps to Protect Your Identity

Although online information security is continually improving, so are the tools and techniques of those who want to break that security and access your private information. Why does a hacker want your Facebook, Twitter or Gmail login information? What can they gain from seeing your Yahoo emails?

What Do Hackers Want From Me?

Hackers don’t care about reading your emails or your latest tweet. They are hacking online companies to steal your personal information because there is a lucrative market for it on the dark web. Buying and selling personal information has become an industry, and business is booming. Hackers will try your stolen password on every banking, retail and investment website to see if you use the same password on other sites. Why do they bother to do this? Simple. It works.

They continue to get away with it because it’s difficult for law enforcement to stop them. Most hacking operations are set up in countries that don’t have strong privacy laws, don’t have the resources to enforce them or don’t extradite criminals.

What Can I Do to Protect Myself?

Each of us can do our part to protect ourselves and minimize the overall damage caused by high-profile data breaches:

Your personal data is valuable to criminals, but you can take these simple steps to help protect it. At First Nebraska Bank, protecting your data security is crucial to us. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please stop by your local First Nebraska Bank location. We’ll be happy to discuss it with you.