Stay Cyber Safe During the Holidays

The holidays are in full swing—and for many of us, that means shopping! The reliance on online holiday shopping continues to grow, making it a very lucrative time for cyber criminals to “shop” for your personal and financial information.  Be particularly vigilant this time of year, being careful for phishing and SMiShing scams, fake shopping web sites and charity scams.

To help you be security smart over the coming weeks, here are some online shopping tips:

  • Do your online shopping at home and make sure your wireless network is protected.
  • Make sure your connection is secure.
    • When making a purchase, always confirm the address bar of your browser starts with https:// (not http://).  The s stands for secure and indicates the data being transmitted is encrypted.
  • Beware that the small lock icon on your browser does not necessarily mean the site is secure. Cyber criminals are increasingly adding it to scam websites in their efforts to deceive people.
  • Shop at websites you trust.  Don’t click on links in emails, and never log in to a site via an email link.  Instead, open a browser and hand type the Web address.
  • Before placing an order with an unfamiliar website, search for online reviews using the words scam or fraud in an effort to determine its authenticity.
  • Ensure your devices are updated with the current software version.
  • Be aware of fake apps that may imitate apps made by legitimate retailers.  You should only load apps from the official stores for Android (Play Store) and IOS (App Store).
  • Use a credit card instead of a debit card, and review statements.  Most credit cards have built-in fraud protection – just notify them quickly if you suspect something.
  • Be cautious of phishing and SMiShing scams with fake shipping notifications and tracking alerts.
    • Instead of clicking on the included link, go to the online retailer and follow the tracking link, or search the tracking number provided to determine if it is legitimate.
  • And don’t forget to keep gifts a secret by clearing your browser history!

Taking precautionary steps like these will certainly help avoid any unfortunate situations this shopping season. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

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See You in Denver! OneBeacon Hosting Open House on October 3

Denver partners! We appreciate your business and the relationship you have with us. We hope you’ll join us at our open house on Wednesday, October 3 from 3:30-6:30 pm at Topgolf located at 10601 East Easter Ave in Centennial.

Enjoy appetizers, cocktails, golf and the opportunity to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Meet OneBeacon underwriting teams from:

  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Inland Marine
  • Management Liability
  • Technology

Register today! We look forward to seeing you on the 3rd!

 

See You in Chicago! OneBeacon Hosting Open House on June 13!

Chicago partners! We appreciate your business and the relationship you have with us. We hope you’ll join us at our open house on Wednesday, June 13 from 3-6pm at the Rooftop at Parlor Pizza Bar located on 108 North Green Street in Chicago.

Enjoy appetizers, cocktails and the opportunity to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Meet OneBeacon underwriting teams from:

  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Government Risks
  • Inland Marine
  • Healthcare
  • Management Liability
  • Technology

Register today! We look forward to seeing you on the 13th!

Safety First: Major Recall of Kidde Portable Fire Extinguishers

Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of roughly 40.5 million Kidde portable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. (37.8 million units) and Canada (2.7 million units).  The recall involves 134 different models manufactured between Jan 1, 1972 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde extinguishers are commonly sold for residential, vehicle and sometimes commercial use.

Background

This recall involves two styles of Kidde extinguishers – plastic handle and push-button Pindicator portable fire extinguishers.  The CPSC notes that these fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.  In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

There have been nearly 400 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including a 2014 fatality involving a car fire following a crash where emergency responders were unable to get a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher to work.  Extinguisher failure has also resulted in approximately 16 injuries including smoke inhalation, minor burns and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

Replace your Extinguisher

Consumers can immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and to obtain instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work property in a fire emergency.

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OneBeacon’s Jennifer Weinstein Speaking at PLUS Conference

This year’s PLUS International Conference is taking place in Atlanta, GA from November 1-3, and team members from several OneBeacon businesses are looking forward to the networking opportunities and educational sessions taking place during the conference.

Jennifer Weinstein, Assistant Vice President Management Liability Claims, will participate in one of these sessions titled, “WARNING – The Internet May Be Hazardous to Employees!” This panel discussion will focus on how employers must be prepared to prevent and/or address a wide range of workplace issues arising out of the internet and social media – whether there are potential safety issues that happen in the workplace or concerns about privacy and employers using social media to find out more about employees or potential employees. The panel will address policies and procedures employers can institute to mitigate some of those exposures.

Stop by to hear the discussion on November 2!

 

You’re Invited Minnesota: OneBeacon Product Fair on October 11

Minnesota partners! We are hosting a Product Fair on October 11 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and we’d love to see you. Join us for appetizers, drinks and networking to learn more about our products and services at The Minikahda Club located at 3205 Excelsior Boulevard in Minneapolis.

Meet OneBeacon underwriting teams from:

  • International Marine Underwriters
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Management Liability
  • Specialty Property
  • Technology

We look forward to seeing you there. Register today!

Printing for Life

When 3D printing technology emerged, there was immediate excitement within the life science community, which quickly imagined the many possibilities. Fast forward to 2017 and 3D printing has expanded to “bioprinting,” or the practice of manufacturing tissue and organs with materials that incorporate viable living cells. This almost unbelievable technique has enabled practitioners to test advancements in the area of reconstructive surgery, transplantation and more.

We are pleased to announce our OneBeacon Technology group’s newest whitepaper, which addresses this topic. Titled “3D Bioprinting – Printing for Life” and co-authored by our technology risk control specialists Tushar Nandwana and Steve Morkovsky, this reference piece defines bioprinting, discusses various current technologies and emerging applications, along with the associated risks and exposures.

To access of our full inventory of technology-focused whitepapers, visit our website.

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If you’re in NYC, stop by our Product Fair!

It’s not too late! If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by our Product Fair tomorrow beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Join our team of underwriters for appetizers, drinks and networking to learn more about our products and services at The Liberty, 29 W 35th Street. You’ll also have a chance to participate in our raffle!

We look forward to seeing you there. Register here!

You’re Invited New York City: OneBeacon Product Fair on June 13

New York City partners! We are hosting a Product Fair on June 13 beginning at 4:00 p.m.  and we’d love to see you. Join us for appetizers, drinks and networking to learn more about our products and services at The Liberty, 29 W 35th Street.

Meet OneBeacon underwriting teams from:

  • International Marine Underwriters
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Management Liability
  • Specialty Property
  • Surety
  • Technology

We look forward to seeing you there. Register today!