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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Sam F. Adrian Joins Puget Sound Bank

2016 April 11 by

April 11, 2016 — Puget Sound Bank, the bank subsidiary of Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB: PUGB), announced that Sam F. Adrian joined the company as vice president, relationship manager.

Mr. Adrian works with business owners in the greater Puget Sound market helping them to grow, prosper and effectively manage their organizations. “Hiring Sam supports the Bank’s commitment in building strong partnerships with our clients,” said Katherine Thompson, Puget Sound Bank senior vice president and team leader. “He brings a broad range of community banking experience, especially with small- to medium-size businesses, and will be instrumental in supporting our growth.”

Mr. Adrian currently serves as the treasurer for the board of directors of Firland Foundation, a nonprofit based in Shoreline, Washington that provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

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Puget Sound Bank Marks 11th Anniversary

2016 April 11 by

April 11, 2016 — Today marks the 11th anniversary of Puget Sound Bank, and each year the Bank pauses to reflect on 11 years of resounding success made possible by our customers, business and community partners, employees and shareholders.

Today, Puget Sound Bank is one of the strongest and most successful business banks in the country. We’ve enjoyed working with our customers, helping them grow and succeed through the years, and we’re pleased to partner with our service providers who have helped us grow and succeed as well.

We are proud to support a variety of community organizations, ranging from basic needs, education and civic support. Puget Sound Business Journal has named Puget Sound Bank one of Washington state’s top corporate philanthropists — and as well, we have been named a Puget Sound Business Journal Best Workplace.

On this special day, we reach out to thank everyone and every organization who has made our success possible.

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Puget Sound Bank Nominated as a Best Workplace

2016 March 31 by

2016 PSBJ logoMarch 31, 2016 — Puget Sound Bank, the bank subsidiary of Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB: PUGB), announced it has been nominated as a Puget Sound Business Journal Best Workplace.

Each year hundreds of companies and nonprofit organizations of all sizes compete for the top honors. Last year Puget Sound Bank was a finalist and participated in Puget Sound Business Journal’s August event honoring the regions’s top 80 organizations.

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