Sunday, May 19 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-05-19 13:45:41 GMT
A trooper sustains minor injuries after a police chase Sunday morning. Dispatchers say it all started at a rest area near Lebanon. Dispatchers report that troopers spotted a woman driving a vehicle thatFull Story >
A trooper sustains minor injuries after a police chase Sunday morningFull Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:06 AM EDT2013-05-19 13:06:15 GMT
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million. The odds of winning areFull Story >
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday. Full Story >
Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined.Full Story >
Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on a fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined.Full Story >
South Korea says North Korea has fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast a day after launching three short-range missiles in the same area.Full Story >
North Korea fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast Sunday, a day after launching three short-range missiles in the same area, officials said.Full Story >
Advertising for mobile banking has become as popular as traditional banking commercials.
Customers like makeup artist Alisha Cooper are increasingly going mobile these days and for good reasons.
"I travel as a licensed makeup artist and so I do work in North Carolina sometimes in Arizona, Atlanta different places, so for me not carrying a machine, I have to have my cell phone," says Cooper.
Mobile banking means transactions are faster, they can access it without the use of a computer, and it's an easier way pay bills. But with all good things lies potential dangers. Now that smart phones double as wallets and bank accounts allowing users to manage their finances, transfer money, make payments, deposit checks and swipe their phones as credit cards they are very lucrative scores for thieves.
And with 30% of phone subscribers owning iPhones, BlackBerrys and Androids, there are a lot of people at risk. While storing a password and keeping your phone locked is a good start, it's not going to protect you from professional fraudsters.
Polly Bell is CEO of the MEA Federal Credit Union in Columbus, GA. She says mobile banking can be as safe as online banking from your home computer. But for those who do become a victim of identity theft, Bell says there is a hefty price to pay.
"It can have a tremendous affect on your loss of reputation, the opportunity to get a job, affects on your life when you're a victim of identity theft," says Bell.
Security attacks on smart phones climbed to an all-time high in 2010, according to AdaptiveMobile, an international mobile security firm. Specifically, attacks on Google's Android smart phones quadrupled, and smart phones running Java-based applications jumped 45%. But you can protect your information.
"That device is registered and it's registered with certain passwords and codes that are known only to you. So if you do lose your phone, or the device is in the wrong hands it's very sophisticated ID theft that those kinds of transactions can be pirated," says Bell.
According to New York Research Firm Frost & Sullivan, 12 million people used mobile banking services in 2009. They say that number is expected to climb to 45 million by the year 2014.
According to a 2011 Customer Trends Survey these are reasons why most people turn to mobile banking. Seventy-seven percent use it for 24-7 banking access. Sixty-five percent say it saves time. But a smaller percentage of people prefer mobile banking because transactions are faster, they can access it without the use of a computer, and it's an easier way to pay bills. That alone has induced millions of people to overcome fears of identity theft.
"Mobile banking has become so popular over the last year or so that it caused our industry, financial service industries to do more surveys than you can keep up with," says Polly Bell.
She says we can expect the number of mobile banking customers to increase dramatically in the years to come.
"Consumers are going to do whatever is convenient for them, whatever benefits them and apparently this connects with the population being able to do things with their mobile phones," Bell told News Leader Nine.
So here's what you can do to avoid becoming a victim. Financial experts say if you use mobile banking or make online payments frequently, you should invest in anti-virus protection and check with your bank about any security or identity theft protection features that you can enable.
Most smart phones also offer remote wipe-out services like MobileMe for the iPhone -- that automatically erase the information on your phone if you claim it as lost or stolen. If you bank with your phone by accessing its website rather than opening an app like Alisha Cooper does, be extra careful when typing in the address.
Some identity thefts create domains with the same address as major banks with two letters switched in hopes a consumer will accidentally land on the site and enter their username and password. And make sure you immediately log out of any bank apps or sites where your financial information is stored as soon as you're finished.
"You have to have my PIN, you have to have certain passwords to get in but also it is not in my phone. When I go onto my application it takes me to first data's website and all of that is posted on that website and once we're finished with that transaction it's actually deleted," says Alisha Cooper.
"Consumers are going to do whatever makes their lives easier and this is going to make their lives easier, but it's like everything else you do, there is some inherit risks in that. Mitigate the risk with identity theft, some kind of insurance or value added package you can get from your financial institution," Bell said.
According to Bell, such packages are already included in some bank fees you already pay. So it wouldn't hurt to check with your bank to find out if you have that protection.
But for customers like Alisha Cooper, the good outweighs the bad when it comes to banking with her mobile device. "It is very convenient and I don't think we would go back to the primitive way of doing things," says Cooper.
With so many smartphone security apps out there, it can be confusing trying to decide which one is best for you. FOX19 found articles from tech experts weighing-in with their recommendations. Techbeat narrows it down to three choices. Meanwhile, PC Magazine offers a more in-depth look at the major smartphone security apps and what they cost.
Tuesday, May 7 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-05-08 01:23:28 GMT
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board, a longer versionFull Story >
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 1:00 AM EDT2013-05-19 05:00:12 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park this Sunday.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:05:48 GMT
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A monkey is on the loose in Clermont County. The State Game Warden of Neville, Ohio states that he is looking for a loose monkey. It is unclear at this time where the monkey came from. Any sightingsFull Story >
A monkey on the loose in Clermont County was shot from a tree on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:10:46 GMT
One man has been taken to the hospital after police found him shot on the sidewalk. The incident happened Saturday evening on the corner of Burnet and Rockdale Avenue in Avondale. One man was arrestedFull Story >
One man has been taken to the hospital after police found him shot on the sidewalk. The victim is believed to have non life-threatening injuries.
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at...Full Story >
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at U.S. jails.Full Story >
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