Pictured Left to Right: Kiana Headland (Alvarado High School), Christian Turnley (Keller High School), Emily Hailey (Fort Worth Christian School), Frank Molinar (White Settlement ISD Superintendent and EECU Board Member), Sydney Peel (Colleyville Heritage High School), Deanna Pierce (Richland High School). Not Pictured: Ifeoluwa Obayan (Mansfield Timberview High School).
Pictured Left to Right: Kiana Headland (Alvarado High School), Christian Turnley (Keller High School), Emily Hailey (Fort Worth Christian School), Frank Molinar (White Settlement ISD Superintendent and EECU Board Member), Sydney Peel (Colleyville Heritage High School), Deanna Pierce (Richland High School). Not Pictured: Ifeoluwa Obayan (Mansfield Timberview High School).

Thursday evening, EECU announced the 2015 Glenn Mandeville Memorial Scholarship winners at its annual shareholders meeting. The program, which was founded to honor long-time Fort Worth educator and former EECU board member Glenn Mandeville, awards six $5,000 academic scholarships to deserving students each year – three students pursuing education and three pursuing other fields of study. Continue reading

150310-Anthem-Data-Breach

Unfortunately, we live in a time when data breaches are not terribly uncommon. While we can’t alert you to every single time a business loses data, a recent breach to a health insurer could affect many of our members, and poses some significant risks due to the type of data that was stolen. The tips we provide below will be useful in this situation, but could be useful if you are the victim of any data breach. Continue reading

150203-Destination-Success

If you plan to go to college in the next few years, you probably know that the process is not as simple as filling out an application and heading to class. Between test scores, essays, financial aid and actually finishing high school, it pays to start preparing early. So take advantage of this free college planning event brought to you by inspirED.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sam Houston High School
2000 Sam Houston Drive, Arlington, TX 76014

In addition to learning more about college prep, financial aid, test prep and finances, you can explore colleges and even win scholarship and prize drawings.

141219-Android-Security

As I pointed out a few weeks ago, Android accounts for more than 97% of malware; and Apple, Blackberry and Windows phones together account for less than 1% of all malware. In fact, according to network security firm Fortinet, there have been only three cases of a malware-infected app making it into the Apple App Store since its launch in mid-2008. Those apps were removed from the app store once they were discovered. Given that there are around 1.2 million apps in the Apple App Store, having only three rogue apps slip through in six years is pretty amazing.

The article also points out is that there have been an additional eight malware sightings on jailbroken iPhones—devices on which Apple’s security features have been removed in order to download third-party apps. This means that, regardless of the few instances of malware that have been found in the App Store, iPhones are not 100% safe from malware. Continue reading

150106-FAFSA-Applications

If you plan to enroll in college this coming fall, it’s time for you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

What is the FAFSA and why is it so special?

The FAFSA is a form used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your eligibility for financial aid programs including grants, federal loans and work study and is based on information about you and your family’s financial situation. Continue reading

141219-Android-Security

Did you know that your mobile phone could make you vulnerable to malware attacks or identity theft? Because Apple and Android approach security differently, I am going to touch on each device type separately to discuss risks and how to protect yourself. Here, we will focus on Android phones and tablets.

According to F-Secure, in 2013 Android devices accounted for 97% of all mobile malware. With nearly 85% of smartphones worldwide running Android, it is understandable why malware creators would focus on it. Continue reading