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Insurance News / 25.08.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Hackers can guess 76 percent of the passwords in a data breach according to Agent & Broker magazine. As noted in recent local and national news stories, people always are scratching at your online door to obtain your data either directly or through someone else – like a big retail chain or a local merchant. If your account becomes vulnerable, your next and best line of defense is your password. Its strength can save you a lot of...

Insurance News / 18.08.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] I was a middle-aged, balding guy carrying too much weight when my doctor threw the flag on my cholesterol. With his encouragement, I changed to a vegan diet more than a year ago. Though I am not “a vegan”, I made a personal, non-judgmental choice about my health and my wallet. By choosing to avoid meat and dairy products and eating a whole food, plant-based diet, I took a deliberate step in a positive direction. I didn’t go...

Insurance News / 11.08.2014

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Insurance News / 04.08.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] While you may have procedures for protecting your computers, actual practices may not be the same. You can trust people all you want but, when it involves critical data, you should verify with a penetration test that policies are being followed. Why all the fuss? Here’s an example. Imagine that someone in your business or at home inadvertently enables a virus from an email link that locks up all your files until you pay a ransom. Think about losing...

Insurance News / 25.07.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] A new law in Maine, LD 1729, brings into focus the lifetime consequences of operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OUI) – particularly for habitual offenders. The new law now looks at a driver’s ten-year record when considering punishment for felony OUI convictions. But there are even more long-term consequences for any OUI conviction. Here’s how it impacts insurance, foreign travel and family disruption. Maine’s newly revised OUI law increases license suspensions for people with previous convictions. The...

Insurance News / 18.07.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Skin cancer has been called a lifestyle disease attributable to excessive exposure to ultra violet (UV) rays (e.g. sun burns, deep tans, tanning beds, etc.). Think about that, then consider that Maine and New Hampshire have among the highest rates of skin cancer in the United States. So, what should you know about detection, treatment and prevention of skin cancers? Also, while you’re thinking, consider that your medical history can impact the cost or availability of life and disability...

Insurance News / 14.07.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] “Hey, Bob, so sorry to hear about the fire.” Bob replies, “Thanks, but it’s not until tomorrow.” If only perpetrators of insurance fraud spent their time being honest, consumers in the United States could save an FBI-estimated $40 billion a year on the cost of insurance fraud. According to insure.com, fraud costs add between $400 and $700 in annual premiums for property/casualty insurance coverage. So what is the insurance industry doing to fight back? The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB),...

Insurance News / 07.07.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] How often have you rented a vehicle and decided not to purchase the Collision or Loss Damage Waiver? For years, it has been suggested that buying insurance at the rental agency is a waste of our money because we’re covered by our personal auto policy. However, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) recommends getting the coverage, at least for short-term rentals. Here’s why. There are lots of provisions in that car rental contract that can get...

Insurance News / 27.06.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] As we age, the wheels on the bus can begin to wobble. If you’re a driver for your business, what happens if one of those wheels falls off, not due to death but because of a disability? The passengers on your bus depend on you for their livelihood. Property and liability insurance is a must for any business yet many owners haven’t yet made the investment in business disability insurance. Yes, there are such products. Hopefully, you have personal...

Insurance News / 26.06.2014

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