Cyber Risks: 3 Trends You Need To Be Aware Of

Internet of Things (IoT) , 5G and smart devices are all part of the modern digital transformation process of homes and businesses worldwide. But with potential opportunities, there are risks that come too. Here is a look at some of the growing risk trends as suggested by Munich Re experts.

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Data

Social media makes it easy for you leave a trail of personal information that you may not want to share with advertisers, analytics companies or people other than your connections. Take charge of your  online privacy with these 6 tips from Hartford Steam experts.

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Prevent Frozen Pipes

Freezing temperatures. Whiteout storms. Icy roads. And, worst of all, frozen pipes. While you’re probably going to have to tough out the first three, with a little know-how you should be able to keep your pipes in one piece this winter. Continue reading “Prevent Frozen Pipes”

11 Resolutions to Amp Up Your Social Media Presence in 2020

Resolutions: We make them every year. From resolving to stop cutting your bangs over the sink to finally organizing your garage-turned-storage-unit, personal resolutions come in many forms. But what about professional resolutions? It’s easy to forget to make these, so we’ve developed a list of resolutions for our insurance agents out there who hope to become savvier at social media marketing, and to use social channels to increase referrals and grow business.

Why is social media the go-to tool for agents in 2020? It’s no mystery that social media influences outcomes in sales, client leads and brand messaging. It also enables you to reach large (and often targeted) groups at minimal cost. Social media networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are dynamic and in constant change with new updates and features regularly being added. Continue reading “11 Resolutions to Amp Up Your Social Media Presence in 2020”

End-of-the-Year Insurance Checklist

At the end of each year, we are whisked through a series of holiday celebrations, all leading up to the most contemplative day of the year: New Year’s Eve. Whilst reflecting on our accomplishments and goals, it’s easy to forget about the logistics of updating our home insurance policies to include all of the newly acquired belongings in our lives and evaluate what’s new or old in our homes. We have created a seamless checklist to make this process a breeze, so you can focus on ringing in 2020 knowing you’re prepared for any surprises that life has in store in the upcoming year.

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3 Things To Do Before Getting Rid of Your Old Device

Thinking about getting a new smartphone for your kids or spouse as a gift this holiday season? Or maybe you want to treat yourself to the newest version of your favorite tablet? Before you start enjoying your new device, make sure you know what to do with your old one.

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How To Keep Your Home (and Santa) Safe from a Chimney Fire

The tradition of Santa Claus entering people’s homes through the chimney goes back to pre-Christian times when European folklore characters were believed to use the chimney to deliver gifts to children. When Europeans migrated to North America in 1800s, the tradition followed. Because the winters were so bitterly cold, it wasn’t wise to leave the doors or windows open just for Santa to come in. Chimneys, however, were always open and didn’t let in cold air. So why not have Santa squeeze his belly (that, don’t forget, resembles a bowl full of jelly) and make him come down the chimney? It just made sense.

Unfortunately, what European settlers didn’t think of is the risk of having a chimney fire. The likelihood of which is high if you don’t properly maintain your chimney.  Lucky for you, you can find out from Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) why chimney fires occur and ways to avoid them for both your family’s sake and your children’s beloved holiday character: www.csia.org/chimneyfires.

 

For informational use only. Not applicable to all situations.  

11 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

It’s likely you are revving up for this holiday season’s festivities with as much spirit and drive as Santa himself. You’ve found the perfect tree. The holiday bins and boxes are being pulled out of storage, filled with all the lights, tinsel, ornaments, and décor that will transform your home into a glittery wonderland. And just like Santa’s reindeer, your pets want to play a role in the magic of the season. To keep your holiday prep stress-free and packed with fun, we have prepared a complete list (and checked it twice) for keeping your furry family members safe among all your holiday decorations and celebrations. Continue reading “11 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays”

9 Christmas Tree Pet Safety Tips

If you have seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you probably recall the tragic scene where Clark goes into the living room to find the string lights on the Christmas tree are out. After noticing the plugs are disconnected, he then goes to plug them back into the outlet, and unbeknownst to him, Aunt Bethany’s cat (which she brought as a gift) has the other end of the lights under the chair. This conundrum brings an ill-fated finale to the furry feline, for comedy’s sake. However, there is often truth in comedy, and this scene reveals the actual added dangers the holiday and all of its décor can create for pets. We hope these holiday pet safety tips will keep your furry friends happy and healthy while the halls are decked with boughs of holly (which is surprisingly toxic to animals, by the way). Continue reading “9 Christmas Tree Pet Safety Tips”

Rethink The Word “Valuables”

Cash and jewelry aren’t the only items on thief’s must-have list. There are a lot of “soft” targets you may not have considered, too. Check out this list and do your best to secure anything that’s easily targeted – inside and out! Continue reading “Rethink The Word “Valuables””