Ticor Tech Tip – A Simple Way to Manage a Overload of Passwords KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

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You probably have dozens of online accounts and that makes it a real challenge to create strong passwords – passwords you can remember – for all of them.

That’s why so many people use a few simple passwords over and over again.
But weak passwords – like 12345, password, 123abc, admin, or iloveyou – are
easy to crack. And if that password grants access to multiple accounts, it puts all
of them at risk, if just one of them is compromised. The solution is to use a password manager. It lets you create complex passwords and store them securely for easy access on all your devices.


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Ticor Tech Tip – Fraudsters taking advantage of Contact Tracing process KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

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Contact tracing is one of the critical tools health departments have to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, it’s also given criminals a new way to scam people. Impostors are texting people, pretending to be with a health department, in order to steal their personal information, money – or both.

Before calling, some health departments send a text message telling you to expect a call – from a specific number – about an urgent
public health matter. Real contact tracers will ask for your name and address, date of birth, work information, and contact preferences. They will never ask for your Social Security number, immigration status, your bank account or credit card information, or ask you to pay
for anything.


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Ticor Tech Tip – Public Phone Charging Station Risks KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

Charging Station

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Smartphones and tablets use the same USB port and a single USB cable for charging and sharing data. Plug that smartphone or tablet into a free charging station and unlock it – to check your email or go online – and all your data is vulnerable. It’s called “juice-jacking” and while this is certainly not the one of the major threats we face with our mobile devices, the potential for serious damage is real.

These are just a few of the items potentially at risk if a hacker gains access to your device…

  • E-Mails
  • Usernames and Passwords
  • Websites You Visit
  • Contacts


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Ticor Tech Tip – What Every Realtor Should Know About Owner’s Title Insurance

You’re a real estate agent, so you know that buying a home can be overwhelming for many of your clients. Homebuyers can easily feel confused and frustrated by the mounds of paperwork they have to sign. Plus, all the fees associated with closing can sometimes be a surprise even to an experienced buyer.

Owner’s title insurance is one of those items often misunderstood by homebuyers at closing, yet its value is tremendous. As an important advisor to your clients, you are in the position to help them understand the value of owner’s title insurance and the dangers that can be incurred without it.

  • What is title insurance?
  • How does title insurance protect your clients?
  • Does title insurance ever expire?

Ticor Tech Tip – Understanding Probate

If a home is to be sold but the record owner is deceased it is imperative to identify who now owns the property. The transaction can then close if the proper parties execute a deed to the buyer.

A formal probate allows for the protection and orderly distribution, after payment of debts, of the assets of the deceased to heirs and/or devisees or a sale to a third party by the personal representative. Nonetheless, even though Washington probates are not expensive or time consuming, they often are not done. But how else will the buyer know that all of the title interest is properly conveyed? What if there are valid liens (including estate taxes or state Medicaid reimbursements) against the estate that would otherwise be paid in probate? That is where the “lack of probate” concept comes into play.

Three Basic Probate Situations

  • The owner was single – not married or a domestic partner
  • The owner was married or a domestic partner and it was community property
  • The owner was married or a domestic partner, but it was separate property (not community property)

There are variations: did the deceased have a will? Is the estate being probated (with or without a will)?

Ticor Tech Tip – Loyalty Reward Accounts at Risk KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

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Hackers are breaking into loyalty rewards accounts and stealing those hard-earned points and miles. This featured consumer tip covers how to protect yourself against this new online threat

  • Be sure to safeguard your frequent flier or loyalty account numbers
  • Use your accumulated rewards
  • Use strong passwords and enable 2-factor authentication if available


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Ticor Tech Tip – New Scam Targeting Unemployment Benefits – What to Look Out For

ID Thieves Are Now Targeting Unemployment Benefits

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow across the country, so do the number of COVID-19 scams that have been appearing trying to get access to personal and financial information. With this in mind we are proud to say we have partnered with long time local area consumer protection advocate Herb Weisbaum of KOMO to bring you Technology and Title Tips. 

Fraudsters will always try to take advantage of new opportunities in a time of crisis like evictions, foreclosures assistance, stimulus payments, and unemployment benefits.

The Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic is a dream come true for con artists across the globe.

“There is something for every scammer,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center, who has been fighting fraud for more than 30 years now. “The scope and the scale of all the different types of scams stemming from the pandemic is something I’ve actually never seen before.”

“So we are getting calls from many people who are trying to apply for unemployment and they finally get through, which is an arduous task in itself, and they find that they’re not eligible, that they’ve already applied for it – when in fact, they know they haven’t,” Velasquez told me. “They’re crime victims and they are out that money at a time when they need it to live.”

“It can be difficult to decipher which emails, phone calls, social media posts or text messages are scams versus legitimate ones. People are scared, people are out of work, and government relief programs are distributing money in unprecedented amounts. Identity thieves are now targeting people who are out of work, trying to steal their unemployment benefits,” she said.

Unsure if something is legitimate? Go to the source of the potential assistance. That means if the offer of unemployment benefits seems to be uncharacteristic, go directly to the employment development department and check their website. If it has to do with housing – whether that’s eviction or foreclosure assistance – head to that source (local housing commission, banking institution, etc.). Don’t trust an inbound message that isn’t verifiable.

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If you’ve been the victim of a scam or want to check on something before you click a link or provide personal information, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center (or call 888-400-5530) and talk or chat with one of their expert advisors.

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Ticor Tech Tip – What to Look Out For in the New Phone Scam Targeting Stimulus Payments

Many of us will be getting a stimulus payment from the federal government, and phone fraudsters are using this to attempt to get our bank information. 

Fraudsters are now using the the pending stimulus payments to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. If you receive any phone calls, texts or emails saying they are with the federal government to assist with the stimulus payment, hang up or ignore them. If engaged they will go on to ask for additional information to process your stimulus payment, and in some cases will send you an email that contains a phishing link to steal your banking information. 

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Ticor Tech Tip – How to Stay Protected from E-Mail Scams Exploiting COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) E-Mail Scams Can Be Difficult to Spot

Fraudsters hope to exploit your fears with phishing e-mails designed to steal money, snag personal information and infect computers. With this in mind we are proud to say we have partnered with long time local area consumer protection advocate Herb Weisbaum of KOMO to bring you Technology and Title Tips. With this current phishing attack, the fraudsters are designing their e-mails to look like they’re coming from the CDC or the WHO. They typically have an attention-grabbing subject line, such as “Coronavirus outbreak in your city (Emergency)” and often include the agency’s logo — cut and pasted from the real website — to add credibility.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emails Scams can be difficult to spot – What to look out for?

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Ticor Tech Tip – Download our Informational Guide to Reading the Title Commitment

A Title Commitment (also known as a Preliminary Report in some areas) is a dated formal report that sets out in detail the conditions under which a policy of title insurance would be issued on a particular parcel of land. The report reflects the matters which would be shown as exceptions in a policy of the title insurance so that the parties to the transaction will be aware of any of those matters of record that may need to be cleared prior to the closing of the transaction. This report is issued before the title policy—hence the name Title Commitment.

We have created a guide to assist in how to identify and understand the following…


The estate or interest covered.
The record owner of the estate or interest.
A legal description of the parcel of land covered.
Requirements and Notes.
The easements, liens, encumbrances and other matters which affect the title to the land at the date and time of the report.


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