25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords

25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords

July 16, 2018
How clever is your password? If it’s on the list below, your password is just as easily stolen as it is remembered. Protect yourself by making sure you’re not using one of the top 25 most commonly stolen passwords of 2017, as determined by IT security firm SplashData.To create a more secure password, make sure you are not relying only on numbers, and try to avoid simple keyboard patterns. You may also want to avoid easy-to-find information such as birthdays, favorite sports teams… READ MORE
Insurance Immersion: Colonial Adjustment Visit!

Insurance Immersion: Colonial Adjustment Visit!

July 10, 2018
On Tuesday, July 3rd Hannes, Sarah and I took a trip to Colonial Adjustment to learn more about insurance adjusting. This visit was particularly exciting because it was the first time we were going to visit an adjustment company and we were all interested to learn more about this facet of the industry. When we arrived we met our guide for the day, Karin Francoeur, the Customer Service Manager. After giving us a tour of the office and introducing us to the staff Karin gave us a rundown of our… READ MORE
The Risks of Airbnb and Home Sharing

The Risks of Airbnb and Home Sharing

July 2, 2018
Just a few years ago, taking a trip involved contacting travel agencies, booking hotel rooms and making plans far in advance. Today, however, smartphones and the internet have helped create new sharing services that allow homeowners to connect with travelers and rent out their homes, spare bedrooms or other accommodations for a fee.Airbnb, the most popular of these sharing services, offers a convenient platform that can provide homeowners with an extra source of income. However, renting through… READ MORE
Insurance Immersion: Lunch and Learn, Ian Edwards

Insurance Immersion: Lunch and Learn, Ian Edwards

June 28, 2018
Yesterday, June 27th Sarah, Hannes, and I got to sit down with Ian Edwards from Andover Insurance to discuss the insurance industry over lunch. Ian began his path to insurance at Bowdoin College where he studied Economics and Legal Studies. When he graduated he was not quite sure what he wanted to do, and like many others in the industry, he felt as though he fell into insurance as a career. Right out of college, Ian was offered a job at Andover Insurance and has worked there ever since. Over… READ MORE
Insurance Immersion: Kelton and Sarah Visit MEMIC!

Insurance Immersion: Kelton and Sarah Visit MEMIC!

June 27, 2018
On Tuesday, June 26th, Kelton and I spent our day in Portland, ME at MEMIC, “Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company.” Our host for the day was Aaron Paiton who is an Associate Underwriter for Chalmers, as well as many other agencies. Aaron was very professional from the second we shook his hand. He welcomed us with open arms and was happy to be taking us under his wing for the day to teach us about workers compensation.We followed him up to the fifth floor where he guided… READ MORE
Healthy Living Tip: Avoid Foods Containing Trans Fat

Healthy Living Tip: Avoid Foods Containing Trans Fat

June 18, 2018
Did You Know?Trans fat, the worst type of fat for your body, is vegetable fat that has been chemically altered by way of hydrogenation. This process turns healthy fat, such as corn or soy bean oil, into solid, unhealthy fat. The effects of consuming food containing trans fat is linked with increased LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, decreased HDL (“good cholesterol”) levels and increased triglyceride levels.To limit trans fat intake, opt for reduced-fat or fat-free… READ MORE
What to do if your car is stolen

What to do if your car is stolen

June 11, 2018
If you suspect your vehicle has been stolen, do the following:Call the police. The sooner you notify the proper authorities, the more likely you are to recover your vehicle. You will want to share everything about your car that you can, including its make, model, licence plate number and VIN number.Report the stolen car to your insurer. Once you’ve completed a police report, you should contact your car insurance company. You can often file a report using your insurer’s claims… READ MORE
Insurance Immersion: Our Day at Patrons Oxford Insurance!

Insurance Immersion: Our Day at Patrons Oxford Insurance!

June 7, 2018
On Wednesday, June 7th Sarah and I made our first company visit to Patrons Oxford Insurance! We were both looking forward to this visit because it was the first one of our internship, and we really had no idea what to expect. When we arrived in the morning, we met with Rachel Bannister, Assistant Vice President and Nina Barron, Executive Assistant, who started our day with a grand tour of Patrons beautiful new building. Rachel and Nina told us about how they had made the move to their new… READ MORE
Insurance Immersion: Our First Day on the Road!

Insurance Immersion: Our First Day on the Road!

June 1, 2018
On Thursday, May 31st Kelton and I had our first day out of the office. We started our day at Bonny Eagle High School with Lexi Richardson (Group Specialist) presenting to Jen Mayberry’s “Home Economics” class about insurance. Ms. Mayberry’s class was a mixture of all grade levels. The presentation we shared teaches the basics of Homeowners/Renters and Auto Insurance and why is it important for them to understand how it works.This presentation was not only a learning… READ MORE
Red Flags When Buying Used Cars

Red Flags When Buying Used Cars

May 28, 2018
While buying a used vehicle will save you money and help you avoid depreciation costs, it is important to do your research before you purchase one. To avoid purchasing a car with hidden problems, look out for the following warning signs:Excessive wear and tear in the interior.Damp, musty odors. These are indications of leaks in the windshield, weather stripping or heater core.Cars that ride lower in the front as compared to the back. This indicates worn springs, which can be an expensive… READ MORE