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Puget Sound Bank Honored as a BEST COMPANY

2016 June 23 by

Best Cos (1)June 23, 2016 — Seattle Business Magazine, in its annual Best Companies to Work For event, honored Puget Sound Bank as one of Washington state’s Best. The event was held at the Washington State Convention Center and attended by thousands of business leaders.

Now in its 27th year, the program salutes the Washington companies that are setting the standard for leadership, benefits, work environment, training programs and more.

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Simon Bai Joins Puget Sound Bank

2016 June 17 by

Simon Bai Puget Sound Bank 2016June 17, 2016– Puget Sound Bank, the bank subsidiary of Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB:PUGB), announced that Simon Bai joined the company as vice president, financial reporting and analysis.

Mr. Bai is responsible for the Bank’s key management reporting processes and analytics, including profitability and product pricing. “Simon brings extensive financial analysis and accounting experience to the Bank,” said Phil Mitterling, Puget Sound Bank executive vice president and chief financial officer, “His background, which includes community banking, will be critical to the Bank’s success as we continue to grow.”

Mr. Bai is a certified public accountant and holds an MBA from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree from the University of California Los Angeles.

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23rd Consecutive 5-Star Rating for PSB

2016 June 15 by

5-star logo June 2016

Highest Rating (“Superior”)

June 15, 2016 – For the 23rd consecutive quarter BauerFinancial, an independent research firm that analyzes and reports on banks and credit unions, has rated Puget Sound Bank “superior” (5 stars). The rating system ranges from zero to five stars. Some of the criteria rated (but not limited to) include: capital level, asset quality, profitability, loan delinquencies, reserves and regulatory compliance.

BauerFinancial has been analyzing and reporting on the nation’s banks since 1983. This 5-start rating indicates that Puget Sound Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation.

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American Bankers Association Offers 7 Tips to Avoid Online Fraud

2016 May 25 by

May 25, 2016 – Every year, millions of consumers fall victim to cybercrime. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, in 2014, consumers lost more than $800 million from scams initiated through the web. In recognition of Internet Safety Month in June, the American Bankers Association is highlighting seven tips to help consumers protect themselves from online fraud:

  • Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
  • Set strong passwords. A strong password is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from sources you are not familiar with.
  • Forward phishing emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at spam@uce.gov – and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the email.
  • Keep personal information personal. Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
  • Secure your internet connection. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it.
  • Shop safely. Before shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.
  • Read the site’s privacy policies. Though long and complex, privacy policies tell you how the site protects the personal information it collects. If you don’t see or understand a site’s privacy policy, consider doing business elsewhere.

The American Bankers Association is the united voice of America’s hometown bankers¬—small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, hold more than $16 trillion in assets, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans. For more information visit their website.

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Puget Sound Bank’s Community Outreach Recognized

2016 May 19 by

Brad Ogura Jim Mitchell Jim Tune Kim Carhee

PSB Named a Top Corporate Philanthropist by PSBJ

May 19, 2016 — Puget Sound Bank has been recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of Washington state’s top corporate philanthropists at a sold-out event hosted by publisher Emory Thomas, Jr., and columnist Patti Payne.

Puget Sound Bank placed 10th in the Journal’s “Corporate Philanthropists – Small” category (revenue of $20 million or less). The Bank moved up from 12th place in 2015. For the past eight years the Puget Sound Business Journal has compiled information for corporate giving in Washington state.

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Kimberly Carhee Joins Puget Sound Bank

2016 May 5 by

Kimberly Carhee Puget Sound BankMay 5, 2016 — Puget Sound Bank, the bank subsidiary of Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB: PUGB), announced that Kimberly Carhee joined the company as vice president, loan operations manager.

Read the complete release.

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Puget Sound Bank Promotes Dean T. Peterson

2016 April 22 by

April 22, 2016 — Puget Sound Bank, the bank subsidiary of Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB:PUGB), announced the promotion of Dean T. Peterson to vice president, relationship manager.

Read the complete release.

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Puget Sound Bancorp Reports First Quarter Results

2016 April 20 by

Third Consecutive Million-Dollar Net-Income Quarter

April 20, 2016 — Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB:PUGB), the holding company for Puget Sound Bank, today reported net income of $1,016,034 or $0.30 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2016, as compared to $979,470 or $0.31 per share for the year earlier period.

Read the complete news release.

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Puget Sound Bank Named a Top Corporate Philanthropist

2016 April 14 by

One of Washington State’s Top 75

Corporate Citizenship bestApril 13, 2016 — Once again, the Puget Sound Business Journal will honor Puget Sound Bank as one of Washington state’s top corporate philanthropists.

The annual event recognizes cash giving to Washington state nonprofits, and announces the ranking at their annual lunch event (this year, May 19 at the Seattle Sheraton).

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12 Tips to Secure Your Mobile Devices

2016 April 13 by

American Bankers Association Shares Mobile Device Safety Information

April 13, 2016 — As consumer use of mobile devices continues to climb, cyber criminals are targeting those gadgets more frequently. The American Bankers Association has highlighted 12 things consumers can do to protect the data on their mobile device:

  • Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen.
  • Log out completely when you finish a mobile banking session.
  • Protect your phone from viruses and malicious software, or malware, just like you do for your computer by installing mobile security software.
  • Use caution when downloading apps. Apps can contain malicious software, worms, and viruses. Beware of apps that ask for unnecessary “permissions.”
  • Download the updates for your phone and mobile apps.
  • Avoid storing sensitive information like passwords or a social security number on your mobile device.
  • Tell your financial institution immediately if you change your phone number or lose your mobile device.
  • Be aware of shoulder surfers. The most basic form of information theft is observation. Be aware of your surroundings especially when you’re punching in sensitive information.
  • Wipe your mobile device before you donate, sell or trade it using specialized software or using the manufacturer’s recommended technique. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen.
  • Beware of mobile phishing. Avoid opening links and attachments in emails and texts, especially from senders you don’t know. And be wary of ads (not from your security provider) claiming that your device is infected.
  • Watch out for public Wi-Fi. Public connections aren’t very secure, so don’t perform banking transactions on a public network. If you need to access your account, try disabling the Wi-Fi and switching to your mobile network.
  • Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.

The American Bankers Association is the united voice of America’s hometown bankers¬—small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, hold more than $16 trillion in assets, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans. For more information visit their website.

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