Technology and Tools News Feed - LaPorteCountyLife Mon, 17 Feb 2020 18:21:18 +0000 en hourly 1 Financial literacy seminar Fri, 14 Feb 2020 23:26:32 +0000 Centier Bank Please join us for this FREE Financial Literacy Seminar!

  • Monday, Feb. 24 – 6:30-7:30 p.m., La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave, La Porte, IN

Please RSVP to reserve your spot:

While there, enter to win a $50 money tree!*

*One entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older. No purchase necessary. One winner from all entries at the four locations will be randomly chosen after the last seminar on March 5, 2020. Centier associates and family members are not eligible to enter raffle drawing. Subject to 1099 reporting, see Centier associate for official rules.

Financial literacy seminar
Financial literacy seminar Fri, 14 Feb 2020 22:18:14 +0000 Centier Bank Please join us on one of the dates below for this FREE Financial Literacy Seminar!

  • Thursday, Feb. 27 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Coolsprings Library, 6925 W 400 N, Michigan City, IN
  • Monday, March 2 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Union Mills Library, 3724 W 800 S, Union Mills, IN
  • Thursday, March 5 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Rolling Prairie Public Library, 1 E Michigan St, Rolling Prairie, IN

Please RSVP to reserve your spot:

While there, enter to win a $50 money tree!*

*One entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older. No purchase necessary. One winner from all entries at the four locations will be randomly chosen after the last seminar on March 5, 2020. Centier associates and family members are not eligible to enter raffle drawing. Subject to 1099 reporting, see Centier associate for official rules.

Financial literacy seminar
1st Source Bank promotes financial wellness through education Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:14:09 +0000 Beth Ireland Throughout life, we are all faced with stressors and bumps in the road, especially when it comes to our finances. The knowledgeable staff at 1st Source Bank strives to educate people in financial wellness so some of those bumps are a lot less stressful. 

“Life is complicated. We all deal with different stresses on a daily basis. The more we can be financially aware and financially well, the more we can put those aspects of life in a place where they’re not as stressful and don’t create as many surprises,” said Matt Vessely, Regional President at 1st Source Bank. 

Whether visiting local businesses, schools, or hosting financial wellness seminars at local libraries, the team at 1st Source Bank knows that educating people is ultimately beneficial for the community as a whole.

“These programs help our community to become more financially stable,” Vessely said. “The healthier the community is, from a financial perspective, the better the community is in general. We all win when that happens.”

“Going out and doing these financial wellness presentations connects us with our community. They make for a nice connection between the bank and the community,” said Lori Moulton, Banking Center Manager and Assistant Vice President at 1st Source Bank.

In Business

The main component of 1st Source Bank’s educational initiatives is partnering with local businesses that bank with them to provide education to employees. They cover a range of topics that mainly deal with creating budgets, saving, and how to best go about purchasing a home or car. 

Employers look to 1st Source Bank to educate their employees because they know how important financial wellness is. 

“Employers depend on their employees to deliver. Their employee base is what makes them who they are. If those employees are better equipped financially, they’re more stable and prepared for what life may throw at them on the financial side. They’ll then be more fully engaged as employees,” Vessely said.  

In Education

It’s never too early to learn about financial wellness, and 1st Source Bank works to equip the next generation with the tools they need to make the right financial choices in the future. Many schools utilize the knowledgeable staff of 1st Source Bank to teach students important lessons on finances. Whether it is sending in a volunteer to present in a school through the Junior Achievement program or a staff member providing a 1st Source Bank presentation, the focus remains on laying a solid financial foundation.

“Some of our colleagues volunteer with Junior Achievement in the lower grades, like K – 3, where they’re teaching really basic, community-focused economic concepts, explaining how a community functions and how money moves throughout a community,” Vessely said. “At the high school level, our banking center managers are instructing on personal finance, balancing a checkbook, saving, and budgeting.”

1st Source Bank recognizes the importance of being an educational resource to help prepare students for adulthood.

“It’s so important for our young people to understand how to manage their finances,” Moulton said. “We hear so often from young adults and parents alike that many do not have a good basic understanding of how to manage their money. We at 1st Source Bank are here to help with that and can provide students with much-needed information that will be used in their adult lives on a daily basis.”

In Life

1st Source Bank is always ready and willing to help any individual learn more and achieve their financial goals. Their website offers plenty of resources and information for all ( Additionally, the 1st Source Bank online banking program offers clients tools to help with budgeting and other financial needs.

“Our online banking and mobile app allow you to budget and pull in information from all of your accounts, even if they’re other places, so you can budget from one place. You can log in to our online banking system and use that as a great tool,” Vessely said. 

And, of course, anyone can stop in at a 1st Source Bank branch and sit down with a banker for advice. 

“We’re here to help clients with whatever it is they’re challenged with. They may come to us with very simple things, like how to balance a checkbook, or more sophisticated things like retirement planning or purchasing a home or car,” Vessely said. “Our colleagues are equipped to deliver solutions and educate the client about what their best options are. We always take the approach of listening to them (the client) and serving them with their long-term interest in mind.”

Some tips

It all starts with a budget. 

“It’s important to have a good command of your budget and know where the dollars are coming and going. Make sure you’re living within your means,” Vessely said. “Take time to save and prepare for things down the road.” 

Don’t be afraid to ask those important questions.

“People are often hesitant to talk about their finances. Everybody can use help. We have friendly conversations with people, and they begin to open up and ask those questions. It allows us the opportunity to offer them guidance and services that will help them attain their financial goals,” Moulton said.

No matter what your financial goals are, you can rely on 1st Source Bank to help educate you and set you up for success when you hit any of life’s bumps. 

“As a service-based business, we are always educating, whether that’s one-on-one in our banking centers or with clients who are seeking our advice and help,” Vessely said. “It’s all done in the same spirit of helping to inform others in a way that will help them achieve security, build wealth, and realize their dreams.”

For more information on 1st Source Bank visit their website:

1st Source Bank promotes financial wellness through education
CompressAir leading provider of Vanair compressors in fire trucks, other service vehicles Fri, 03 Jan 2020 09:32:16 +0000 Kali Beatty When you see a fire truck or NIPSCO vehicle on the road, you’re probably not thinking about the local companies that keep them running. CompressAir is one of them.

CompressAir has been servicing the compressed air industry for more than 30 years and is the leading provider in the Northern Indiana and Chicagoland areas. Family-owned and operated, CompressAir has the most notable brands of compressors, air treatment, and accessories available. While maybe more known for selling and maintaining industrial air compressors, CompressAir provides customers with mobile, Vanair selections as well. CompressAir is an authorized dealer for Vanair.

Vanair has been providing movable power solutions since 1972 and offers the most comprehensive product line of vehicle-mounted air compressors, generators, welders, hydraulics, chargers/boosters, engine starters, and custom products in the world.

“Their units typically go on any type of service truck or fire truck,” said Brittany Fisher, Marketing Specialist for CompressAir. “Basically, they’re used for most road assistance service trucks.”

Vanair products serve customers in industries such as the mechanic and service industry, municipalities, utilities, railroad maintenance, Department of Defense, and construction. 

“We just started working with them around four years ago, and they take up around 10 percent of our business,” Fisher said. “We’re glad to be able to be an authorized dealer for Vanair.”

Because Vanair plays such a large part in the service industry, it’s important that their products are well made so that they are able to get customers out of sticky situations.

“Many utility companies, especially NIPSCO, use the Vanair products and have been long-time customers,” Fisher said. “They don’t get any complaints.”

Vanair Manufacturing was initially known as Sullair PTO and started out as a division of Sullair Corporation. In 1984 Sullair PTO became Vanair Manufacturing, who moved to Michigan City in 2010. They are most known for the vehicle-mounted 185 CFM underdeck rotary screw air compressor. This product was revolutionary, and still is, because it eliminated the need for a separate engine-driven tow-behind compressor, which freed up the vehicle’s hitch, saving weight, increasing valuable bed space, and reducing maintenance and insurance costs while increasing mobility.

Everything Vanair does is bound by one simple goal, “to be your strategic resource mobile power solution provider for life, so you can perform at your best”.

For more information, go to

CompressAir leading provider of Vanair compressors in fire trucks, other service vehicles
Hot Chocolate Stain Removal Tudor Floors Thu, 19 Dec 2019 19:33:09 +0000 Julia Demma Hot Chocolate Stain Removal Tudor Floors DIY Red Wine Stain Removal Tudor Floors Thu, 19 Dec 2019 19:28:44 +0000 Julia Demma DIY Red Wine Stain Removal Tudor Floors How to travel and live financially safe in the digital age Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:43:36 +0000 GreatNews.Life The way we account for our finances has evolved over the last decade with trends such as digital banking and online shopping, which are now part of everyday life for most people. With most banking information being stored online, it is important to protect it. Whether you are traveling, or simply living day-to-day life, it’s important to know how to identify if your financial information has been compromised, and how to react.

Phil Pajor, Purdue Federal ISO, and Ellen Cass, Fraud Investigator, are experts when it comes to taking security precautions for online financial management in the digital age. Here are their tips.

The Basics

With online transactions, the number one tip is to stay vigilant and aware. Even when things seem innocent, it’s important to think twice.

  • Beware of opening emails from unknown sources.
  • Don’t click links from people you do not know or in emails that you are not expecting.
  • Go directly to the website instead of clicking the link, for example, Google UPS package delivery and enter the tracking number there instead of clinking the link in a notification email.
  • Install an Anti-Virus on your computer, laptop, or phone.
  • Perform updates on all of your devices and the apps on your phone.

Keep close tabs on your account balance and the location transactions are taking place. If something doesn’t look right, it isn’t right.

  • To keep track of every transaction, use the app your financial institution offers.
  • Setup alerts to track usage and balances.
    • Alerts can be sent via text or email.

Using the same password for everything can make it easy for even an amateur to hack your account. Use passphrases instead of passwords. Passphrases are a series of words or a sentence that is long but easy to remember. Your passphrase should be as long as possible instead of overly complex. Use a different passphrase for every account.

  • Use a password vault such as LastPass. That way your passwords can be varied and complex. A password vault stores all of your passwords in an encrypted secure manner using one long passphrase to unlock. Turn on 2 factor authentication to make it more secure. You can do this using an app on your smartphone such as LastPass or Google Authenticator.
  • Use the notes section of your password vault to keep track of things like answers to your security questions. The answers you use should not be something that can be looked up on the internet. You can make it anything you want and track the answers in your vault.

Staying Financially Safe while Traveling

Notify your financial institution that you are traveling.

  • With Purdue Federal online banking, you can enter the exact amount of days and the location you are traveling. This helps prevent your credit or debit cards from being suspended when you are on the move.

Use your data plan for mobile devices instead of using open Wi-Fi hotspots.

  • It is much safer to use secured data than an unknown Wi-Fi or hotspot. These hotspots can be infiltrated by an unknown source.

Carry two credit cards from two different institutions.

Limit how much physical cash you carry.

Split up money and cards between all travelling members.

  • One person should not have all the money. If a wallet were to be stolen, all that information would be gone in one shot.

Prevention Tips

  • Sign up for a monitoring service.
  • If someone opens a new account in your name, the service will monitor the credit bureaus and alert you. These services range from simple to high-end and usually come with a monthly fee.

Limit social media posts that scream, ‘I’m not home!’ This can be a big red flag telling people your house is empty.

  • Turn off location sharing on all social media accounts and make sure the account is private.
  • Avoid posting while traveling, wait until you return.
  • Make sure someone is collecting all postal mail, lock your mailbox, or use a P.O. box. Place a mail hold for your address with the Post Office.
  • Banking statements are a clear pathway for someone who is attempting to compromise your information. Keep them secure.
  • Use electronic statements and avoid paper all together.

My Information Has Been Compromised – Now What?

Freeze your credit, a good idea before the compromise….

  • Contact each credit bureau to freeze your credit. This can be done via phone or on their websites. DO NOT lose the PIN you setup when freezing your credit. This keeps people from opening additional accounts under your name. It’s a lot more difficult to open any accounts with your information when your credit is frozen.

Your credit card provider does monitor your account for fraud and may call or challenge what appears to be risky transactions.

Your financial institution may have identity theft prevention and recovery resources available.

Find more tips and tricks and instructions for freezing your credit:

How to travel and live financially safe in the digital age
Society of Innovators Annual Event Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:44:24 +0000 Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana Join Northwest Indiana’s innovation community as we come together for this annual celebration!

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest aims to contribute to economic and community development throughout the region as the champion of innovation in Northwest Indiana. We celebrate both the entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs that are driving their organizations and communities forward.

This year’s event is open to the public and will feature:

  • Keynote remarks from PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon
  • Interactive networking and activities
  • State of the Society presentation & updates
  • New Lifetime Achievement Award for innovation
Society of Innovators Annual Event
Sportsbook Preview 2019 Wed, 04 Sep 2019 22:24:31 +0000 Kali Beatty Sportsbook Preview 2019 Hour of Code Wed, 28 Aug 2019 18:47:45 +0000 Griffith Career Center
  • Tuesday September 10th / 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 17th / 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Write your first computer program! It’s fun and easy – no experience needed. Learn the basic concepts of computer science with drag and drop programming, repeat-loops, conditional, and basic algorithms. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial with video lectures and is available in 37 languages.

    Hour of Code