Keeping your family cyber-secure Helping family members understand the importance of security when it comes to the technology they use every day (mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) can be a challenge. According to the SANS Institute, keeping things simple is often the best approach. Focus on the key items that will have the biggest impact: 1. Give examples . If possible, providing real examples, such as copies of phishing emails or suspicious text messages, will make the information more relatable and will help connect the dots for family members so they understand what to look for. 2. Update devices frequently . Make sure all devices in the household receive automatic updates to ensure they get the latest security patches applied. 3. Strong passwords . Encourage family members to use strong passwords — or even better, passphrases — and ensure that the Wi-Fi network in the home is password protected. A passphrase is a string of words used for authentication that is longer than a traditional password and is not a common phrase (ex. Greenroostergroovy#1 or WhereisKingJulian?). 4. Two-factor authentication . Add an extra layer of security to their account in case their password is stolen. Where available, set up two-factor authentication on accounts to require entry of a code to verify the user ’s identity.
launches Germania mobile app
Policyholders will now have more access at their fingertips with the launch of Germania’s new mobile app. Compatible for both Apple and Android devices, the Germania Insurance app expands upon key features already available through your online account at germaniainsurance.com, such as making payments and filing claims. You can now contact your agent and roadside assistance – if included in your policy – with one-tap dialing directly through the app. “The Germania Insurance app continues to enhance our customer digital experience,” Chief Information Officer Tim Tarnowski said. “We are very excited to offer this option to our policyholders.” Additionally, users can take advantage of built-in mobile device security features like biometric authentication (Face ID, Touch ID, etc.) for enhanced security. The app is available to download for free on the Apple App and Google Play stores by searching “Germania Insurance.” Protecting your privacy and financial information is important to us. Learn more about our privacy promise to our customers at www.germaniainsurance.com/privacy.
Germania General Agency rolls out new business owner’s policy
Small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities, and now, more than ever, is the time to support our neighbors as they pursue their livelihoods. Germania General Agency (GGA) is excited to introduce a new product offered through Chubb that provides property and liability protection for small-business owners. Chubb’s Business Owner ’s Policy (BOP) protects small-business owners with up to $30 million in revenue in more than 1,000 classes across multiple industries. “This BOP program offers broad protection for property and liability exposures all wrapped up in one product,” GGA President Cyndi Franz said. “This is a true Texas business owner ’s policy available now through GGA.” From landscaping to breweries, you may be exploring
alternative means of income this year – but it may come at a price without the proper protection. With the new BOP product, GGA has yet another standard package market that can address your entire insurance portfolio. Chubb’s BOP also offers optional enhancements to complement its property and liability insurance products, including cyber risk management, animal bailee coverage, equipment breakdown, and employee dishonesty. GGA adds value to Germania Farm Mutual and our agency force by providing access to additional insurance products and services. For more information about Chubb’s BOP offered through GGA, contact your Germania agent or GGA directly at 1-855-442-1669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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