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

Saving money isn’t just about making a transfer to your savings account when you have extra money available. It’s about living within your budget so you can pay yourself and stop relying on your next paycheck before it even arrives. So we want to see how you save.

Now through November 21, connect with us on Facebook to submit a photo, image or video demonstrating how you save money, and you could win up to $500 toward your savings account!

Visit EECU on Facebook to Enter

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141003-Living-Paycheck-to-Paycheck

Saving money for retirement or buying a house can seem like a pipe dream for people living from one paycheck to the next, just trying to stay caught up on their bills.

The “paycheck-to-paycheck cycle” means every paycheck you receive barely covers all of your regular financial obligations, like student loan repayments, car loans, rent and groceries. Living this way puts you at greater financial risk, as a job loss or an unanticipated expense like a major car repair can put you in a real tough spot.

If you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, you’re basically living without a financial “safety net.” In addition, it’s tough to really enjoy yourself if you’re constantly worrying about where every dollar goes. Here are three ways to get started on the right track. Continue reading

140930 Mandeville Scholarship

Are you a high school senior? Are you or your parent/guardian an EECU member? Then it’s time for you to apply for a Glenn Mandeville Memorial Scholarship!

We’re seeking six deserving students to award $5,000 scholarships to help pay for college—three awards for students pursuing a career in education, and three awards for students in other fields of study. If you meet the following eligibility requirements, download an application and submit it to us by January 31, 2015. Continue reading