KnowBe4 Security Tips - Malvertising

Visit any website these days and it’s very likely that you will be viewing ads as well.  Sometimes these ads can be tempting, with many offering sales, promotions, or freebies to attract more clicks. Ads on certain websites can even be targeted specifically to you based on past browsing history, making you even more likely to click!

Remember this: just because you are on a reputable, well-known website, it does not mean that the ads on the website are safe to click as well.

How adspace can become infected: Advertisers do not sell their ads to websites one at a time. Websites that want to make money sell their advertising space to an ad network. Advertisers sign contracts with that ad network which then displays the ads on the participating websites. The ad network sits in the middle between the advertisers and the websites and manages the traffic and the payments.

So there can be a problem because of this. Cybercriminals can fool the ad network into thinking they are a legit advertiser,…

Small Town Iowa

Small town Iowa. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, living 10 miles from nowhere; we had to find things to occupy our time. In today’s era of Covid it seems as though it’s a snapshot back in time for many families that have school age children. The question is what do we do with all our time? Here are some of my memories.

We would spend hours climbing in our hay mow making forts and jumping into the broken bales of hay. When the sows were farrowing, we would pretend that we were watching a movie.  We spent the dog days of summer in the cow tank cooling off only to drag out every clean towel in the house. This always delighted my mom when she got home.
Kendra and I spent countless summer days with my dad building fence or hauling big round bales of hay home for winter. I remember Saturday mornings were not spent watching cartoons as we were expected to clean farrowing crates, castrate baby pigs; and ring sow noses so they could be turned out to pasture. We were not shy towards manual lab…

My Quarantine Life

As we all try and make sense of our “new normal” lives due to the pandemic, my first reaction was feeling scared and anxious of the unknown. I have found the pandemic to be very eye opening. I realized that I fly through my days and hardly ever take a step back to relax and truly appreciate the little things. During my quarantine, I wanted to take advantage of the time and focus a little more on self-growth. So, I made some goals to help me stay focused without falling into the routine of binge-watching Netflix everyday (which occasionally happened, but only the rainy days). A couple of my goals were to read more, enjoy the outdoors, express my gratitude better, and mainly learn how to take a deep breath and slow my days down. I succeeded in all my goals and looking back I am glad I had that time to relax and grow. I enjoyed the time flexibility quarantine gave me. It allowed me to wake up to endless options for the day (of course ones that included social distancing).
Many of those d…

KnowBe4 Security Tips - Multi-factor Authentication

What is it? Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is the process of verifying that you are who you claim to be when logging in to a device or an account. If you're reading this from your work computer, you probably logged in to your computer - that's single-factor authentication. But single-factor authentication is no longer enough to keep your accounts secure. Learn more below about the various ways you can digitally-authenticate your identity. Understanding the Types of Identity Claim Factors: Something you own. This is using a mobile phone or device that you have in your possession to prove your identity. Typically, the device provides a code via an application, text message, email, or voice call. You then enter this code, and for successful authentication, your code must match what is expected by the service you’re attempting to log in to.Something you know. This is something you’…

Cheers to life’s unexpected twists that turn into our greatest adventures!

At the beginning of 2020 I started thinking about my upcoming 10-year anniversary. I was thinking about how much had changed and how I couldn’t have imagined in May of 2010 what May of 2020 would look like…Turns out even in January 2020 I couldn’t have imagined what May 2020 would look like. Life has a funny way of throwing us curveballs! I started as a part time teller for Farmers Savings Bank in Keota. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to come home that summer or stay in Ames. I told my best friend jokingly, “find me a job and I’ll come home.” She was dating the Ag Lender at our local bank and he told me to apply for the summer. I figured why not!Never thought I’d still be there 10 years later. PS they are married now and have the sweetest family! 😊
The thing about starting at the bank when I was 19 is that my co-workers turned to family very quickly. They were my second moms. They were there to support me as I dealt with hardships in transferring schools. They celebrated with me as I gr…


Memorial Day 2019, we added another member to our family. Tucker is a miniature golden doodle. Tucker’s mom is a golden retriever and his dad is a miniature poodle. My youngest daughter had wanted a dog for a couple years, but with us on the go, traveling to her and her sister’s sporting events, the answer was, “no, we are not home enough to have a dog”.Mom finally gave in. After months of my daughter asking, I said “ok”. I had thought of how many pets I had as a kid, and finally concluded that I was not really being fair to her. So began our search. I had a golden retriever before I had my girls and loved him and his temperament, but we were living in town and our house was smaller. I thought maybe we should try to go with a smaller dog, but still wanted the temperament of the golden retriever. So, my daughter and I went to the internet and began looking. We came upon the mixes of breeds with golden retrievers and found golden doodles. We kept looking and found a place not to far fro…

Where does the time go?

I can’t believe I’ve been with Libertyville Savings Bank going on 5 years March 2020! When I try to think back to my first day, I remember a whirlwind of visiting all our office locations and meeting every single employee.I was sure I would never be able to remember any of it.Now all of those faces I ran into that first day have become a second family to me.
As I think back Kael, my baby, was just starting Kindergarten.Liam had made the leap to first grade and Cullen had just started junior high.We were all starting a new chapter in our life as I had been a stay-at-home mom previously.Five years later, they’re growing into young men/boys that I’m proud to call my own.Being a mom of 3 boys is a constant challenge.They try my patience one minute and melt my heart the next.
More changes will be coming in the next few years as I see our office in Keota change locations.I’ll have one graduating from high school next year.I just hope time doesn’t fly by as quickly as these last 5 years have…