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Bank of Canton Participates in National Data Privacy Day

Bank Raises Awareness of Online Security

Bank of Canton Corporate Headquarters

CANTON, Mass. (January 26, 2015) – On Wednesday, January 28, Bank of Canton customers will be asked a simple question when visiting their local branch:

Have you updated your online passwords in the past three months?

January 28 is National Data Privacy Day, commemorating the 1981 signing of the first legally binding international treaty on privacy and data protection. It’s led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit, public private partnership focused on cyber security education.

“As a financial institution, safeguarding our customers’ private information is essential,” said Stephen P. Costello, President and CEO of Bank of Canton. “We go through extraordinary measures to protect our customers’ data, and we’re taking this opportunity on January 28 to remind them that they also play an important role in protecting their information.”

In addition to reminding customers to update their passwords every three months, Bank of Canton branch staff will also provide customers with a handout containing additional suggestions to help ensure the safety of their personal information, including:

  • Create “c0mplic@t3d” passwords. Avoid birthdays, pet names and simple passwords like 12345.
  • Keep tabs on your accounts. If you notice unusual or unauthorized activity, notify your bank right away.
  • Stay alert online. Never give out your personal financial information in response to an unsolicited email, no matter how official it may seem.
  • Mobilize your defenses. Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices.

There is also a checklist of actions to take if you suspect you’ve been a victim of fraud or identity theft.

“Working together, Bank of Canton and its customers can help keep private information and financial data more secure,” Costello continued. “We’re proud to support this initiative. It’s a great reminder that we all play a role in information security.”


About Bank of Canton

Bank of Canton has branches in Brookline, Canton, Quincy, and Randolph, and Mortgage Centers in Auburn, Norwell and Marshfield, and lends throughout Massachusetts. Established in 1835, Bank of Canton is a Massachusetts-chartered mutual savings bank that offers its consumer, business and government banking customers access to a full array of deposit, loan, investment and convenience service options. All deposits at Bank of Canton are insured in full with at least $250,000 insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and all deposits above that amount insured by the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). The Bank has no stockholders and profits are paid back to the consumer in the form of better interest rates, personal service and a vast array of financial products and services. For more information, visit www.ibankcanton.com. Member FDIC. Member DIF. Equal Housing Lender.


Upcoming Events

  • Estate Planning Lunch & Learn in Canton

    March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm at Bank of Canton, Canton Center Branch

    The B.O.C. Life Solutions team will discuss how you and your family can:

    • Protect assets from nursing home costs
    • Transfer assets and pay minimal estate taxes
    • Appoint a health care proxy to assist with medical decisions
    • Avoid the uncertainty, costs, and delays of probate

    Event is free & all are welcome. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. Call 781-830-6152 or email Peter Fredericksen with questions.

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    B.O.C. Life Solutions is a licensed subsidiary of Bank of Canton. Bank of Canton does not provide legal or tax advice; consult your legal/tax advisor. Estate planning products and services are not insured by the FDIC or DIF.

  • Savvy Social Security Planning

    March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Bank of Canton, Canton Center Branch

    Approaching retirement? Learn how to make the most of your Social Security options and benefits at this complimentary presentation. The B.O.C. Financial Services team will review different filing strategies, and provide expert tips for maintaining income in retirement. Topics include:

    • The pros & cons of filing at age 62
    • Projected earnings calculations
    • Spousal and survivor benefits

    Event is free & all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Call 781-830-6152 or email Peter Fredericksen with questions.

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    Investment and insurance products and services are offered through Osaic Institutions, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. B.O.C. Financial Services is a trade name of Bank of Canton. Osaic Institutions and Bank of Canton are not affiliated. Products and services made available through Osaic Institutions are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency of the United States and are not deposits or obligations of nor guaranteed or insured by any bank or bank affiliate. These products are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of value.

  • Virtual First-Time Homebuyer Workshop (3 Nights), March 11, 12 & 14

    March 11 @ 6:00 pm - March 14 @ 9:00 pm at Zoom Meeting

    Join Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP) and Bank of Canton for a comprehensive home buying workshop, featuring real estate professionals, counselors and lenders offering expert guidance and advice. This three-evening workshop over Zoom qualifies as a MassHousing-approved homebuyer counseling course, and attendees of all three sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion.

    • Session 1: Monday, 3/11, 6:00pm-9:00pm
    • Session 2: Tuesday, 3/12, 6:00pm-9:00pm
    • Session 3: Thursday, 3/14, 6:00pm-9:00pm

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    Bank of Canton is a proud sponsor of (and participant in) this QCAP educational series.