articles from 2012


December 26th, 2012

Securing Your Digital Life: Personal Identifying Information

What is Personal Identifying Information? Personal Identifying Information (PII) is any information you use in your daily life that identifies you. The most common source of identification is the last four digits of your Social Security number. When the Social Security Administration decided to issue numbers, they never intended it to be used as a… (keep reading)


December 21st, 2012

There’s Still Time to Join SMCU’s Board of Directors

The application deadline for SMCU’s Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee has been extended to December 31. Board of Directors The Board of Directors oversees the operations of the credit union by setting policy, planning strategic direction, hiring the President/CEO and protecting the interests of SMCU members. Each year, three of nine volunteer positions are… (keep reading)


December 19th, 2012

Securing Your Digital Life: Password Security

If someone got a hold of your passwords, how much damage could they cause? With access to your financial data, personal information, and other information you store online, criminals could do anything from draining your bank accounts to stealing your identity. Still, many people have personal information stored in online accounts, such as social security… (keep reading)


December 13th, 2012

E-Scam Warning: Credit Union Members Targeted in Text Message Scam

Earlier this week, Kitsap Credit Union members received the following text message from scammers claiming to be KCU: “Hello! Please call 407-614-3808. Your attention is required by Kitsap CU!” SMCU would like to remind you that your financial institution will NEVER call, text, or email you to ask you for personal information. If you receive… (keep reading)

Financial Freedom

December 13th, 2012

SMCU Financial Counseling Guides You on the Road to Being Debt-Free

Do you feel like you’re at a dead end because of money issues? Are you worried that your paycheck won’t be enough to cover the bills each month? Is credit card debt preventing you from saving money and starting to build the life you dream of? Do you need financial counseling but don’t know who… (keep reading)


December 12th, 2012

Securing Your Digital Life: Patching

In this new series, SMCU employee and tech-expert Tyler will be sharing with you tips and tricks for maximum online safety. The Online Banking Upgrade enhances security while you manage your money online, but there may be other areas of your internet usage that are not protected. Here’s Tyler with his first installment on a… (keep reading)

Richard Romero - CEO Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union

December 11th, 2012

Thank You for Your Patience During the Upgrade

As you know, SMCU’s Online Banking has been upgraded to a more streamlined and secure platform and we believe that most of our members are enjoying the new experience. However, since November 27 we have received numerous calls and messages from members about issues that resulted from the upgrade. While most Online Banking users transitioned… (keep reading)