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October is CyberAwareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. While many forms of ID theft cannot be prevented, there are some simple things everyone can do (both in their personal lives and even at work), to mitigate the risk.

October is National CyberAwareness Month

Do Not Use the Same Password Across Multiple Programs

Studies show that 55% of all people repeat their passwords, many even using the same passwords at home and at work. If a criminal were to obtain your password and combine it with your email or other pieces of personal info, they can attempt to breach many accounts at once, including credit cards and bank accounts.

Protect Against Medical Identity Theft

Credits cards are a small percentage of all identity theft. Most banks have this under control.

The #1 culprit is Medical Identity Theft at 43%. The cost of health care has sky-rocketed, making health care a luxury for many. The scariest part of this happening is that — due to HIPAA laws — one would never even know. If you were to receive medical care and were a victim…it would be your name but another’s health record. Perhaps you were allergic to a medication, had a health condition worth noting and more. This situation could literally be a case of life or death.

What’s the Price of Your Identity?

The median price to purchase someone’s identity was only $21.35 in 2015. This is a low price to gain access to stealing an individual’s identity. Couple that with the plethora of data breaches….. it is becoming harder to feel secure in this CyberAge.

How To Protect Yourself

Melanie Kantor, Legal ShieldWhat can you do? You cannot undo what is already out there but one can be proactive for the future. LegalShield has partnered with Kroll to provide our members 24/7 Identity Theft protection. ID Shield monitors what matters. Not only that — but should you become a victim of identity theft — your personal private investigator will do whatever it takes; as long as it takes; however much money it takes to restore your identity back to pre-theft status.

To find out more about ID Shield please contact me or get more information at this link. Additional information and a video can be found on my website.  Please reach out to me with any questions.

Melanie Kantor
LegalShield Independent Associate
503-957-8246

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Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Tips from NERT

Always report all crime!

Thank those who came out after work in the rain to the Crime Prevention Meeting, sponsored by the St. Johns Boosters Business Association on April 12th. Mark Wells, City of Portland’s Community Organizing Specialist and our NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) officer Michael Schmerber shared a lot of good information regarding our local crime and setting up a Business Watch program.

The one thing that stood out was the need to report all crime!

In an emergency always call 911.

Otherwise you should report to either:

We will have some magnets and literature at our general meeting on April 20th.

Our General Membership meeting will be held this coming Wednesday morning, 7:15 am, at Johns Street Cafe. Rather than a guest speaker this week, we will have the opportunity to listen to one or two of our members talk about their businesses. We will also introduce a draft revision of the bylaws for discussion.

Location: John Street Cafe, 8338 N Lombard

Agenda: 

  • 7:15 am – Introductions
  • March meeting minutes approval
  • Staff Reports
    • Treasurer
    • Communications and IT
    • Business District Relations
    • Events/Promotions
    • Operations
  • Old Business
  • Bylaws – introduction of draft revisions and discussion
  • New Business
  • 9:00 am – Adjourn

Not a member?

Check our website for the 2016 Membership Application. Print it out and bring it to the April meeting or drop it off in advance with Mike Johnson at St. Johns Ace Hardware. (There are also copies of the application available at St. Johns Ace.)

We look forward to seeing you.

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Crime Prevention

Business Crime Prevention Meeting

Learn how to reduce crime in the St. Johns business district

Informational Meeting Sponsored by the St. Johns Boosters

The Business Crime Prevention meeting will be led by Kenton resident and Community Organizing Specialist for the City of Portland, Mark Wells.

Learn how to prevent crime in the St. Johns business district, how to access resources, and how to start an active business watch in St. Johns.

Tuesday, April 12th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N Central.

Select for downloadable flyer: Business Watch Informational Meeting, 1 page PDF

Business Watch informational meeting

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