Thursday, February 23, 2012

Identity Theft

The threat of identity theft continues to grow, especially from internet and computer use. If you are an Allied Identity Theft Insurance policyholder, please take time to read below about what Allied is offering their customers to help protect them from this threat.


There are 2 new enhancements (DataScrambler and PhishBlocking) that are now being offered for our ID Theft policyholders. These enhancements are software that can be downloaded onto personal computers and designed to protect against key logging and phising attacks. These enhancements are FREE of charge.

What are "Key Logging" and "Phising" Attacks?
Key Logging- A type of surveillance software that records every keystroke you make including instant messages, email and any information you type at any time using your keyboard and then transmits this information to an unknown third party, who can use this information to have access to your confidential information.
Phising Attacks- A type of online identity theft that involves the use of email and fraudulent websites to steal your personal data or information such as credit card numbers, passwords, account data or other sensitive information.

Allied’s Identity Theft Endorsement

Follow the steps below for signing up for the free online data protection that protects members’ sensitive datawhile surfing the internet and credit monitoring which keeps a constant eye on your credit report. You will receivea free credit report when you enroll as well.

1) Go to
: www.alliedinsurance.com2) Under the ‘Property’ tab, click on id theft
3) In the blue section on the right, click on ‘Sign up for online data protection and credit monitoring’.
4) In the last paragraph, click the “Sign up” link to enroll for credit monitoring and Online Data Protection Suite.
5) Enter the information listed below. Please note a policy number is required.

Stay One Step Ahead of IDENTITY FRAUD

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tips to help keep your home warm and lower your heating bills

Since we are getting a spout of bad weather here at the Lake, we thought we'd share with you some tips on how to keep your home warm without loading on the extra dollars to your electric bill.

1.) Use door snakes to cover the bottom of your doors.  You can use a rolled up bath towel in place of the snake.  This helps keep cold air from coming under our doors into our home.

2.) Change your furnace filters.  It is recommended that during the cold months when our furnace is working overtime that we change our filters once a month. Dirty filters can restrict the air flow and increase the energy demand.

3.) Run your ceiling fan on reverse.  Running the fan in reverse makes the warmer air come back down to our level and can cut our heating costs by 10%.

4.) Install storm doors or storm windows.  It can help block wind and cold air and reduce our energy bill by 45%!

5.)  Give your heating system an annual tune up -- just like your car!  A lot of companies will give a free annual checkup, so price around.  A free checkup might possible save you 5% on your energy bill.

6.)  Remember to turn your heat down when you leave your home.  This can save you a lot of money.  No need to heat the home so much if nobody is home!

7.) Window insulation kits can help block a lot of cold air and wind for a very small price.  You can get these at any of your home improvement stores or even WalMart.


Hey, all! Hope you're staying safe in the cold, wintry weather we are getting.  We here at Golden Rule will be attending some different events at the Lake and hope to see you there.  You can check out the list below for a few of the upcoming ones we'll be attending.  Hope you can stop by and check out the events!

February 15th -  Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Social at Hideout Bar & Grill
                             Meet people, food and fun!

March 3rd -  Lake West Business Expo at the Lake West Christian Academy from 9am-4pm.

You can also click on the link below for other area events.