My What Just Got Stolen?

bigstockThe credit card industry seems to be growing at an unprecedented rate. According to some statistical reports, the average American household has at least two credit cards. In fact, from the total respondents in the survey, 81% of the households have at least one credit card.

People should take note that one of the most prevalent credit card scams in the society today is the identity theft. In fact, it has been reported by the FBI that almost 350,000 up to 500,000 cases of identity theft are known to exist in the U.S. every single year.

Basically, identity theft is when some unscrupulous people try to get some information from you such as your social security number and other pertinent personal and financial data.

These sets of information are used deceitfully by these people for their own benefits. Hence, the poor victim does not realize that his identity was stolen and that his financial future is doomed.

For this reason, it is important to know how to avoid getting into trouble. Here is how:

  1. Protect your personal data and any financial information

Never entertain phone calls that require you to give any personal data or information, even if the caller says he is from the bank that issued your credit card and that the information gathering is just some sort of verifications. If this is the case, try to inform him that you wish to do the transactions personally. Hence, it is important to very if the caller is, indeed, a representative of the bank.

  1. Avoid freebies and offers that involve credit cards

If you were offered with some promotions requiring you to give some personal information, then, it would be better not to entertain the promo at all. Things like these will only entice you to try it. In the end, it is too late to realize that you have just been a victim of an identity theft.

  1. Have a regular check up on your credit standing and bills

Most of the credit card holders are so lazy to do regular checkups on their status. If you do this, it will be easier for you to detect any probable identity theft case on your part. Credit reports can definitely tell you if there were purchases that you know that you did not make.

  1. Do not carry them around

The problem with most people is that they tend to carry their cards wherever they are. This is a bad habit that should be stopped. You will never know what will happen while you are in a public place, where identity theft could just be lurking around, waiting for its next victim.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

 

 

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Start The New Year Protected

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Now is a good time to review your entire financial plan. You have one right?  If not, here are some thoughts to help you get started, or for you to review the plan you have. Give us a call as we can help you make sure all your insurance needs are covered.

A proper life insurance policy can give you reassurance knowing that your finances and beneficiaries are secure – from temporary to permanent coverage. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that as things in your life change, so will your financial and insurance needs. That’s why it’s important to review your life insurance options with a specialist you can trust.

  1. What does financial security mean to you? Start by asking yourself, “What would happen if our family’s primary breadwinner died prematurely or became disabled?” Most people answer that they would want their loved ones to continue in the lifestyle to which they are accustomed, to have enough money to stay in their home, and to provide for their children’s education through college.
  1. Determine needs versus wants. You may want 100% financial security to provide for your spouse for their lifetime, and your kids through college. However, can you afford it?  Most of us don’t have enough savings to achieve this, which is where life insurance comes in. You will want enough money, or death benefit, to replace your missing income.
  1. Look at the entire picture. This is not just about life insurance–that is just one piece of the formula. You also need to consider the possibility of loss of income due to a disability, chronic, or critical illness.  Consider transferring this risk by purchasing Disability Insurance and Coverage for Long Term Care.  Look at all your assets such as money in retirement plans, benefits packages, investments, equity in property, and potential social security benefits.  Once you have the numbers you can figure out what the shortfall is–which can be funded with life insurance, or more life insurance than you currently have.
  1. Prepare a last will and testament! If you die without leaving a will, the legal consequences can be disastrous, particularly if you have many assets.  In addition, there are negative tax consequences that may arise. Your will guides the court, the person you choose to administer your estate, and your heirs on how to distribute your property and pay off debts.  A will can be completed online for very little cost through a multitude of online sources such as LegalZoom.com, LawDepot.com, and TotalLegal.com.
  1. Do not put it off. Far too often, I have had to inform an applicant for life insurance that they are being declined because of their poor condition of health.  Many of us simply are unwilling to accept our own mortality until we are given a grim medical diagnosis by a physician. DO NOT WAIT.  Life and Disability insurance cost much less the younger you are and the healthier you are.  Consider that the cost for a $1,000,000 life insurance policy for a healthy 45-year-old male is approximately $48 per month……about 2 weeks’ worth of coffee from Starbucks!

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowner’s insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

 

 

 

 

How Can That Be Stolen?

We have all heard of identity theft as it relates to individuals. Most of us have some form of identity theft protection just in case. However, businesses are now facing the same kind of risk, only as it relates to their business. The emerging risk includes; business tax fraud, trademark issues, website hacks, and credit card fraud.

Experts are telling us that criminals are combining stolen data and creating tax returns in the name of the business. According to the IRS, the total losses in 2017 were $270 million.

We recommend that you have our agency complete a business insurance and risk review to determine your exposure and create a plan of action. Our solutions might include the following.

Cyber Risk Insurance

Cyber insurance can cover your businesses cyber exposure through a cyber breach. This could include a data breach, loss of client’s information and the costs associated with reporting and restoration. Cyber risk insurance can also cover.

  • Media Liability
  • Error & Omission Insurance
  • Regulatory Defense & Penalties
  • Extortion & Ransomware coverage
  • Data Breach Response Costs
  • Business Interruption
  • Network Security Coverage

Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

Hold Your Horses… We Do All The Work!

horse-1006376_1920How To Prepare For A Personal Insurance Quote

We have all heard the advice “knowledge is power,” and in the personal insurance world, this is very true.  The more information we have as your personal insurance agent, the better and more competitively priced your personal insurance will be.  Keep this in mind as you prepare for your agent to quote your personal insurance.

Here Is the Good News

We will do all the heavy lifting for you.  All you need to do is have your information ready to give to your agent.  This may be information you already have at your fingertips, or information that is listed on your current personal insurance policies.  Then, we will do all the rest for you.

Now if you were going to try to apply for insurance online, the process is much more complex.  Not only would you have to know what information you need, but also how and where to use it to obtain the most competitive personal insurance products.

Keys to Getting the Best Price on Your Personal Insurance

Use an independent agent.  An independent agent has a number of advantages going for them.  Find an agent who has experience with the kind of insurance you need.  Your agent should be licensed and have an office you can visit if needed.

Benefits of Independent Agents:

  • They are not employed or controlled by any one insurance company.
  • These agents have access to dozens of markets.
  • They are locally owned; which means they live and work in your community.
  • When you call the office of an independent agent, you can talk to a licensed professional who cares about you.
  • Independent agents are a one-stop-shop for all of your personal insurance needs.
  • You get a choice of products and insurance companies that best suits your needs.
  • They not only find you competitively priced personal insurance, but they also make sure you have coverage that is designed for your individual situation.

Be honest concerning your personal information – Agents are held to strict confidentially standards.  We will never share your personal information with anyone with your permission.

Provide Information to Your Agent

There will be some necessary information needed for your agent to provide options for you. This information will vary based on the kind of personal insurance products you desire. Here are some of the types of information you may need to provide:

Homeowners Insurance

  • Personal information
  • Description of home
  • Any repairs or upgrades
  • Current condition and amenities
  • Age of roof and furnace, etc

Life Insurance

  • Health history
  • Family health history
  • Any illness

Auto Insurance

  • Personal information
  • Driving history
  • Vehicle use and description

Remember, knowledge is power.  Therefore, the more information your agent has the better pricing and coverage they will provide for you.  North Bay Insurance Brokers. is your trusted solution for homeowner’s insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

 

It Is Raining Lawsuits in 2018

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A North Bay Business Insurance Update

We live in a society where there are more lawyers than doctors. It seems that the typical response when someone has been damaged is to hire a lawyer and threaten a lawsuit. Most businesses can’t afford to be in court to defend every action. That is why commercial insurance is so important to your business. Our agency can offer a review of your business insurance coverage and educate you on your risks and how best to protect you. These four risks are at the top of our list and should be on your as well.

Cyber Liability- Cyber liability is the risk posed by conducting business over the Internet, over other networks or using electronic storage technology. It covers third party losses from hackers, theft, and loss of information including sensitive client or individual personal information.

Directors & Officers Liability- Covers costs, damages, and defense protection to directors and officers of a company resulting from lawsuits and judgments arising out of poor management decisions, employee dismissals, shareholder grievances, and other such acts committed in good faith.

Employment Liability- Employment Liability provides protection for an employer against claims made by employees, former employees, or potential employees. It can cover discrimination (age, sex, race, disability, etc.), wrongful termination of employment, sexual harassment, and other employment-related allegations.

Professional Liability- Insurance that is designed to cover third party claims, damages and claims arising out of providing professional advice. Many firms create legal obligations arising out of a professional’s errors, negligent acts, or omissions during the course of providing services to clients.

As a locally owned and operated insurance agency in Sonoma, California, North Bay Insurance Brokers is committed to providing quality insurance products for individuals and businesses. We combine our strong insurance background and product knowledge to assist both current and future clients in managing and planning for all types of risk.

 

If The 49ers Super Bowl Win Was The Last Time You Had Your Business Insurance Reviewed… It’s Been Too Long

bigstock-Shady-image-of-a-business-team-48625103Benefits of a North Bay Business Insurance Review

Every business in the North Bay, at some time, should have their business insurance reviewed by an independent insurance agent like us.  If it has been more than a year since your last review, now may be a good time. We review all our clients’ insurance needs on a regular basis. There are many benefits to an insurance review including:

  • Prices change and a review can determine if you are getting competitive rates on your insurance.
  • Your coverage needs may have changed and your policy should reflect these changes.
  • There may be new insurance companies to which we have access.
  • Laws and regulations are changing and may require a different kind of insurance

Why Review My Business Insurance?

We have identified a number of questions that might indicate your business insurance is out of date.

  • Have you moved?
  • Did you purchase any new equipment?
  • Are you involved in any new partnerships?
  • Have you seen an increase in your claims?
  • Do you ship products to foreign countries?
  • Has your ownership changed?
  • Do your vehicles cross state lines?
  • Has one of the owners recently become divorced?
  • Have you experienced growth?

We live in difficult financial times and making sure we save money wherever we can is very important. Having us preform an insurance review might just be what is needed to protect your assets while putting money back in your pocket.

Our professionals work diligently to understand our client’s risks, goals, culture & vision in order to develop with you a risk management program to support your mission. Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

My Last Facebook Post Cost Me $1,000,000

A Texas jury has awarded a wedding photographer more than $1 million after determining a newly married couple unhappy with her work launched a social media campaign to post falsehoods about her. The Dallas County jury found Friday that the campaign against Andrea Polito amounted to defamation. The jury unanimously found the couple acted of out malice in targeting Polito in the months after their October 2014 wedding. (AP) Read article.

Does Your North Bay Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Social Media?

Social media has changed how we communicate with family and friends. Technology has made it so that anyone can have their voice heard and their comments recorded for posterity.  Among the greatest contributors to this revolution are your teenagers…and you can be held responsible for their actions.

What Kind Of Personal Insurance Claim Can Come From A Social Media Post?

Recently, a 16-year-old student sued five classmates and their parents for online harassment. Whether or not the allegations are true, the teenagers and their parents required legal resources to defend themselves for the possible judgments against them.

What Does Homeowner’s Insurance Provide?

Most people assume their homeowner’s insurance will cover any kind of claim that comes from social media content. However, you need to have personal injury coverage as part of your homeowner’s insurance policy. If you bought your insurance online you may not have this coverage.

Personal Injury coverage is an optional endorsement on the standard homeowner’s policy that provides protection for libel, slander, defamation of character, false arrest, malicious prosecution, and wrongful eviction. This coverage is also provided by most umbrella policies.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.