We want to share some fantastic news and recognition for the Take the Long View with Matt Hall podcast, which, despite being on hiatus since May of 2022, just earned a Signal Gold Award in the “Money & Finance” category. This international award had more than 1,700 entries from 30 countries! Revisit some of the episodes that earned Matt’s podcast its second significant award here.
Want to know the most popular episodes of all:
- Sid and Ann Mashburn: Tastemakers with Heart and Soul
- Morgan Housel: The Psychology of Money
- Danny Meyer: Creating a Better World Through Enlightened Hospitality
- David Kabiller: From “Goldman Slacks” to AQR
For details about the Signal Awards, read more here.
To kick the year off on the right foot, we wanted to share some of the most effective measures you can take this year to protect your financial data. Some of our list will be reminders you’ve heard before, and others will be new ideas. Here are our suggestions as you tighten up your personal protection plan for 2023:
- Enable Two-Factor Authentication: We know it can be a pain, but two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second form of verification (e.g., a code sent to your phone) and your password. It’s worth it.
- Use anti-virus and anti-malware software: Make sure that your device has anti-virus and anti-malware software installed and that it is kept up to date.
- Don’t use public Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi networks are often unsecured, making them easy targets for hackers. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks for sensitive financial transactions. An alternative to using public Wi-Fi is using your cellphone hotspot for a secure connection.
- Be wary of phish!: Scammers often use phishing emails and text messages to trick people into giving away their personal information. Be wary of unsolicited messages, and never click on links or enter personal information into a website unless you are sure it is legitimate. Treat email as guilty until proven innocent.
- Secure your device: Use a 6-digit passcode or biometric (fingerprint) to lock your mobile device, don’t share your device with anyone, and only install apps from the official app store.
- Use a password manager: A password manager can help you create and manage strong, unique passwords for all your accounts, making it easier to protect your personal information.
- Use strong, unique passwords: Use a strong, unique password for all your financial accounts and change them regularly. Avoid using easily guessable information such as your name, kids’ birthdate, or pet names.
- Avoid communicating sensitive information over email: Share sensitive information like logins, account numbers, and birthdates only in secure portals or using safe links.
By taking these steps, you can help keep yourself protected while online. If you are curious about how we protect your information here at Hill Investment Group, call me at 314-448-4023.
Bernard Madoff committed the largest financial scam in history. This, you know. You may not know the stunning details of how he did it and managed to get away with it for so many years. That’s why we recommend watching the new four-part docuseries on Netflix. It includes interviews with victims, investigators, and scenes from Madoff’s depositions.
Fifteen years since his 65 billion dollar Ponzi scheme unraveled, there have been several depictions of Madoff, but “Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street” offers new insights worthy of your time.