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Travel and Your Taylor Bank Debit Card
June 30, 2014

In addition to restricting international debit card purchases, Taylor Bank is taking extra precautions to protect its customers from domestic card fraud. From time to time, we may block signature-based transactions from a particular type of merchant or area of the country if we are experiencing high volumes of debit card fraud. Due to a heavy increase in fraudulent activity in the U.S. recently, Taylor Bank has applied temporary restrictions to non-PIN based purchases in multiple states. When traveling to an area that is heavy with card fraud, such as California, you may find your debit card (if ran as credit), is declined when you know it shouldn't be. If a signature-based debit card transaction doesn't go through at a merchant location, try it as a PIN-based transaction (enter your PIN as part of the transaction). Again, the purpose of these restrictions is to stop any fraud before it occurs, which protects you and the bank. As always, check your account online frequently, and alert us to any suspicious activity as soon as possible. Taylor Bank customers with questions regarding any of these restrictions can contact the Electronic Services Department at 410-641-1700.

Recent Debit Card Fraud
June 19, 2014

Taylor Bank recently became aware of fraudulent activities committed on debit/ATM cards. This activity was limited to signature based transactions using fraudulent debit/ATM cards in the states of Georgia and Texas. As a precaution, Taylor Bank has blocked all signature based transactions in Georgia and Texas. However, any transactions authorized using your personal identification number (PIN) will process normally. This includes cash withdrawn at ATMs or purchases at stores where you use your PIN to authorize a transaction. If you have any questions regarding this message please contact the Electronic Services Department at 410-641-1700.

Windows XP and Taylor Bank Online Banking
May 30, 2014

As a result of Microsoft's discontinuation of support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014, Online Banking support for Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) will also cease June 26, 2014. It will still be possible to log into Online Banking, but you may experience limited functionality, or an altered site appearance. Since Windows XP computers cannot upgrade past IE8, it is recommended that XP users upgrade to a new operating system as soon as possible. Other users can check their browser version by going to the Help menu in the browser tool bar and clicking on About Internet Explorer. If your Operating system supports it, you can upgrade your IE browser, or switch to another supported browser such as Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Zero-Day Vulnerability
April 30, 2014

Microsoft has released information on a zero-day vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer. This vulnerability, if exploited, would allow an attacker remote control of a workstation with the same rights as the user. All Windows users running Internet Explorer are at risk when visiting compromised websites containing malicious code to exploit this vulnerability. As always, never click on links in unexpected emails and do not visit unknown, untrusted websites. Microsoft indicates that they are working on a security patch, but do not have an estimated release date. Taylor Bank's websites are not affected by this vulnerability. Microsoft has some suggestions here to help protect yourself from questionable websites until the patch becomes available. Be aware that the patch, when issued, will not include updates for Windows XP. In effect, this means Internet Explorer should no longer be used on Windows XP.

Notice to Windows XP users
April 30, 2014

Taylor Bank would like to alert our customers to the fact that Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. For the past 12 years Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP, but that support has ended April 8, 2014. Microsoft will no longer offer technical assistance for Windows XP. In addition, they will no longer offer automatic updates that help protect your computer. Software updates from Microsoft, including security updates that help protect your computer from harmful viruses, spyware, and malicious software will no longer be available. If you continue to use Windows XP after April 8, 2014 your computer may continue to work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. In order to protect yourself you should upgrade your current PC to a newer version of Windows, if your computer is compatible.

Heartbleed "Bug"
April 11, 2014

A new security bug, "Heartbleed" has been discovered in recent versions of OpenSSL, a technology that allows web sites to encrypt communications with its visitors. You can be assured that has not been affected by this vulnerability, and it is safe to use all of our electronic banking services. Though our sites are not affected by this vulnerability, we encourage you to protect your personal information by making sure other sites you frequent, by logging in, have patched the problem. Once you've received confirmation of a security patch, change the passwords for your sensitive accounts and monitor your bank statements.
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