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2017 Father’s Day Message From President Heidi Petschauer

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As I reflect on my dad’s (our founder) life and legacy on this Father’s Day, there is a common theme that resonates how he lived his life at work and with family and friends. He valued working together as a team or family to achieve a common goal. I so value this as well. My dad instilled this in me and I continue to carry this theme throughout my own personal life and here at Petschauer Insurance. In our professional office environment, we now call this theme “JPI Team Collaboration.” I truly believe this theme encourages and allows every team member to feel that their contributions at JPI have value. My deep belief is that if everyone feels this sense of having value, we can increase our level of competency and confidence to be the best insurance consultants we can be – even in the presence of our challenges or obstacles.

Team collaboration also holds true when working together at home with your family and friends.  This value will allow you to be more open to sharing and communicating with those you love and hold dear. My dad was on to something here! The more successes you experience and the more value you feel, the more you will grow as a company and as a family. To me, that is what life and living is all about!

As you are being honored and celebrated by those that love and respect you this Father’s Day, my message is simple: whether you are a dad, mentor, coach, teacher or in any other position of influence, may you always maintain the value of team collaboration!

Today in particular, as I honor the memory and legacy of my dad, this value always lives in me.

Happy Father’s Day!

E-Mail Security: Protect Yourself From Hackers

Email SecurityEmail is an essential form of communication; however, with it comes a number of concerns you need to be aware of and it doesn’t matter if your emails are for personal or business use. Hackers are out there looking for any way to steal your information, including credit card numbers, addresses, social security numbers and more. To help you minimize your chances of becoming a victim and getting hacked here are some useful tips for prevention:

1) Don’t ever open links from someone you don’t know or trust. Links can be used to bring you to unsafe websites that can either give your computer a virus, or gather your personal information also known as phishing.

2) Even though most email services come with spam filters, do not trust them 100%. Sometimes spam messages slip through the cracks, so double check the sender’s address of any email that you may not be certain of before opening.

3) Make sure you have an anti-virus software installed to your computer, just incase you open a message with a virus in it. Here is a list of the top ten recommended anti-virus softwares.

4) Turn off the preview pane of your email service. If your email software automatically displays the message in a preview pane, you cannot avoid viewing the spam, which may lead to more spam messages.

5) Turn off the images in your emails. Images in can be tracked, and lead to more spam in the future.

6) If you do receive a scam, report it to your email service immediately. This will prevent it from happening again in the future, and hopefully get those who sent the message caught.

7) Never leave your email open and unattended. Always make sure to sign out of your account when you are done checking your email.

8) Change your password for your email at least every 90 days, especially if you’re using your email account on several different computers.

Now that you know how to be keep your personal information and computer safe, you might want to get back to those pressing emails!

Find out more about cyber crimes and liabilities here – Cyber Liability Section