7 authentication strategies to reduce fraud


first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The recent Door Dash breach impacted 4.9 million consumers—a powerful reminder that our members’ data is at risk of exposure at any given moment.Criminals often leverage information stolen from a data breach to gain fraudulent access and attack consumers’ bank or credit union accounts. Though we cannot stop these external data breaches from happening, we can protect our institutions and members with a variety of data protection practices. Adopting sound authentication methods to verify a person’s identity makes it much harder for an individual to provide false credentials and perform fraud. Consider these authentication strategies to safeguard your credit union: continue reading »last_img read more

Sakho relishing run of derbies


first_img The game at White Hart Lane was the first in a run of four Premier League derbies for West Ham and, although Sakho is looking ahead to a clash with league-leaders Chelsea next week – with a trip to Arsenal also on the horizon, he has his eyes firmly set on reaching double figures against Palace beforehand. “I am really looking forward to our game on Saturday against Crystal Palace, I look forward to every game but particularly at home, playing in front of our fans,” he said. “The game against Crystal Palace away at the start of the season was my first game for the club so it was special for me, we won as well which makes it better. “Every derby is special for the fans, and for the players also. I’m quickly learning how important London derbies are, and after Palace we’ve got two more against Chelsea and Arsenal. “They are all big matches, but honestly, I never get fazed by any match. The Chelsea game next week is huge for everyone. A Wednesday evening game under the lights at the Boleyn Ground is something to look forward to. But, we will only focus on the Chelsea after Crystal Palace.” Allardyce admits he was glad to see Sakho back amongst the scorers last time out and has been pleased with the continued effort of the 25-year-old. “I was happy with everyone’s performance (at Tottenham),” he said. “But of course it was nice to see Sakho score, I think he’s been working hard it just hasn’t fallen for him. He deserved his goal because of his work rate and to get in that position from where he scored in the first place.” Diafra Sakho is looking forward to three more London derbies in the coming weeks, starting with the visit of Crystal Palace. Press Association There will be added pressure for Sakho, as well as Enner Valencia, to score the goals to get the Hammers back in the hunt for European football after both Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole were sidelined with injuries. Former Paris St Germain forward Nene has arrived on a free transfer and, given his shortage of options in attack, Allardyce is likely to give the 33-year-old some game-time against the Eagles. The Hammers’ only other absentee for Saturday is Morgan Amalfitano, who is still serving a three-match ban after his sending off at West Brom in the FA Cup defeat. Palace boss Alan Pardew believes the Eagles can draw inspiration from West Ham’s success this season. The Hammers have finished 10th and 13th since securing promotion from the Championship in 2012 and Sam Allardyce’s side have pushed on again this term, maintaining a challenge for the league’s European places. Palace are on course to survive their second consecutive season in the top flight, with five points separating the Eagles from the relegation zone ahead of their trip to Upton Park. “Are West Ham a model club for a team like us? Of course, the problem at Palace is the history, it’s a yo-yo club,” Pardew said. “The second year in the Premier League, this is the toughest year. “In the first year after promotion, you can get by with this sheer excitement and adrenaline that being in the Premier League can provide. “In the second year that kind of runs out and you then are leaning on what you have in the building in terms of quality. “We’re hoping we’ve got enough in the building to overcome that second year. “It’s a very, very difficult thing to do but once you’ve done that, you can stabilise if you buy and trade well. “Stoke, West Ham, Southampton, Newcastle – they’ve all done that in recent years.” Pardew led West Ham to the Premier League in 2005 via a play-off final victory over Preston and he guided the Hammers to ninth place and an FA Cup final the following year. “It’s still special going back and I have still got some staff and ex-players who are still there,” Pardew said. “And obviously there is the connection from Newcastle now with Kevin (Nolan) and Andy (Carroll). “I just think Upton Park is a great stadium for football – the atmosphere and the way the crowd get involved in the game, it is a bit like what we have here. It is an emotional ground. “I hope they will be able to transfer that to the Olympic Stadium – I think that is going to be important to West Ham. “They are going to get more revenue from moving but what they can’t lose is that special kind of atmosphere that you can create there. There were some magic nights.” Fraizer Campbell, Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamakh will all miss the clash with hamstring injuries while Jonny Williams (groin) and Jerome Thomas (knock) are also out. Palace captain Mile Jedinak could make his first start under Pardew, having returned from a sore ankle, while James McArthur has recovered from a thigh problem. The Senegal striker tops West Ham’s goalscoring charts and has already found the back of the net nine times in the Premier League since his summer arrival from Metz. Having gone three games without a goal, Sakho scored to put the Hammers 2-0 up at Tottenham last weekend, only for Sam Allardyce to see his side concede two late goals and have to settle for a point. last_img read more

Syracuse 2nd baseman Johnson offers versatility, leadership in freshman season


first_imgCurt Johnson has been coaching high school and travel softball in the Rochester, N.Y., area for more than 20 years.He enjoys the sport itself, in addition to helping young players develop their skills. Johnson has come to know talent when he sees it, so when his daughter Riley started making strides at a young age, he took notice.“She started playing around 9 and I really saw how good she was when she was 12,” Johnson said. “I could see she knew how to play the game and that she could handle a lot of different positions.”Six years after her father noticed her immense potential, freshman Riley Johnson finds herself earning significant playing time for the Orange (4-5). She’s already appeared in Leigh Ross’ lineup as a second baseman or designated hitter, and is proving right away she can play at the collegiate level.“Every step of the way is going to be a challenge as you get older,” Curt Johnson said. “She’s playing against better competition, but she is used to that. I’m proud of her so far.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMaking the leap from high school to college is not the only obstacle Riley Johnson has faced in her softball career. She was a pitcher before shoulder surgery forced a move to shortstop. Her high school play, though, shows she never missed a beat.Johnson was a six-year starter at Greece Athena High School in Rochester and two-time MVP. As a high school junior, she was the Class AA Player of the Year after hitting .514 with 25 RBIs. She finished high school with a .404 batting average, and Ross already likes her left-handed bat in the Syracuse order.“I like that she is a lefty hitter,” Ross said. “She is a contact hitter that is making adjustments and learning more of the power game, which will definitely be a threat.“But right now, we told her to focus on being a contact hitter, pushing runs across and getting on. If she focuses on the average the power will come.”Johnson has the ability to hit with contact and power in any part of the lineup, and can play multiple positions on the field. Ross said she has the option to play Johnson at second base, shortstop or in the outfield.Her vast skill set aside, Johnson’s greatest strength is her leadership ability, Ross said. Ross is already seeing the freshman lead.Curt Johnson’s seen it all along.“She was always taking charge and being a great leader,” Johnson said. “When you don’t have a leader, you notice that on the field and in the dugout, but a team with her on it has never had that problem.”Playing as a freshman, Riley Johnson doesn’t deny that nerves occasionally set in. Regardless, she trusts the skills that have gotten her this far, and is staying focused on the tasks that will help her team win.“I get a little nervous before games,” Johnson said. “But I know I have a job to do, and coach (Wallace) King and coach Ross have been working with us all fall and all winter, so I feel prepared.”In Syracuse’s first game of the season against Eastern Tennessee State at the Cougar Classic on Feb. 15, Johnson’s months of preparation paid off immediately. She doubled to right center field in her first collegiate at-bat, plating Corinne Ozanne and Veronica Grant to give the Orange a 3-0 lead in the first inning.When asked about the hit, Johnson didn’t think it was too big of a deal. These are the kinds of results she has come to expect.“I wasn’t thinking about who was on base at the time, I just saw the pitch and hit it,” Johnson said. “I didn’t need to slide into second, I went in standing up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Meet the Dodgers’ minor leaguer who retired to run a cryptocurrency hedge fund


first_imgWHAT DOES THAT MEAN?Maybe you’ve never heard of cryptocurrency. Maybe you’ve Googled bitcoin or blockchain, and understand what those things are, but aren’t willing to throw money at an asset that can’t be stored in a bank or occupy a plot of land. Maybe you’re reading this in search of investment advice. (Read no further.)It’s probably easier to compare the job of a cryptocurrency hedge fund manager to that of a pastor than an investor. Throwing money at crypto in 2018 – let alone making it a career – is an act of faith. Adkison’s clients are his congregation; he is the 22-year-old shepherd leading his flock into the great unknown.Adkison’s faith runs deep.“I studied business at San Diego State and I’ve always had my eye on investing, things of that nature,” he said. “Technology has fascinated me as long as I could imagine. I was waiting in line for the release of the first iPad. I was in middle school. I sold candy to pay for it. I feel like cryptocurrency is the pinnacle of technological advancement.”If this were a baseball game, you could say the cryptocurrency market is in its early innings. Some experts call it the first, others the third. What you believe depends on who you ask and who you trust. This is just one of the challenges Adkison has taken on: to attract converts to his vision of the future for an emerging asset class. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Five years ago, he was a senior at Mater Dei High.A year ago, he was a junior outfielder at San Diego State, fast on his way to being drafted into the major leagues.Eight months ago, he was hitting .300 for the Dodgers’ farm team in Ogden, Utah, fast on his way to being promoted.Today, Tyler Adkison is the CEO of a cryptocurrency hedge fund.center_img Adkison says he already has about 30 clients, mostly professional baseball or football players. His first client was Joe Kelly, the Boston Red Sox pitcher. Others came into the fold as the word-of-mouth gospel spread. Adkison said he is the first cryptocurrency hedge fund CEO to focus exclusively on athletes.“I met a venture capitalist and explained what I do: that there’s a need for pro athletes to have that investment vehicle,” he said. “What entrepreneurs do is find a need and solve it, so I started this company. That’s literally the name of the game.”HIGH SCHOOL TO PROSAdkison was recruited out of Mater Dei by the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. His first year at San Diego State was Gwynn’s last as head coach.Adkison batted .292 as a freshman in 2014. His sophomore season ended before it began. A teammate was throwing batting practice in the preseason when a fastball struck Adkison in the face, fracturing his jaw so badly it needed to be wired shut.Healthy in 2016, Adkison added more than 100 points to his freshman slugging percentage. As a junior in 2017, Adkison batted .337 and led the Aztecs with 15 home runs and 64 RBIs. That was enough to earn the Dodgers’ notice. Adkison was drafted in the 32nd round, 970th overall.“Tyler was a good hitter, a little bit of an overachiever, going to be a corner outfielder,” said Billy Gasparino, the Dodgers’ director of amateur scouting. “The weight and bat power combination – he was a good player, probably going to have to perform his way up through the minors.”Adkison hit well for the rookie-league Ogden Raptors, batting .343 with a .945 on-base plus slugging percentage in 30 games. The Pioneer League is considered a hitter-friendly environment, enough to dampen some excitement over the raw numbers.The Dodgers promoted Adkison one level on Aug. 14. The Class-A Great Lakes Loons play in Midland, Mich., which scouts consider a neutral setting late in the summer. Adkison batted .208 in 15 games.“By that time of year those college players tend to be pretty gassed,” said Brandon Gomes, the Dodgers’ farm director.Adkison was also fighting an elbow injury. He had a bone spur removed in December, and spring training involved more rehabilitation than actual baseball. By the time the Dodgers’ minor league rosters were finalized, Gomes couldn’t say which affiliate Adkison would join once he was healthy. That’s how long it had been since Gomes had seen him play.‘A PERFECT STORM’Tony Gwynn Jr. met Adkison not long after his dad recruited him to San Diego State. They’ve remained friends since. Gwynn said he’s always appreciated Adkison’s intellect, even as a teenager.In spring training they met for dinner. Adkison told Gwynn he was thinking about retiring.“I was a little taken aback but after he got talking about cryptocurrency, you heard the passion he had about it,” Gwynn said. “I asked him if he saw himself in the big leagues. He said, ‘no.’ I asked him, are you passionate about what you do? He said ‘yes.’“I said, it sounds like you already have your mind made up.”Ultimately, Adkison agreed. During his down time from baseball, he was able to flesh out a plan for a cryptocurrency firm. He was able to attract investors. He formed an LLC, BlockTerra Capital. The tight-knit network of pro sports provided the first clients. In a matter of months, an idea had become reality.On March 23, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018 became United States law. Page 1967 contains language exempting minor league baseball players from the Fair Labor Standards Act, allowing them to be paid for a 40-hour work week regardless of how much time they spend practicing or playing baseball.On March 30, Adkison wrote on his Twitter account that he had retired from professional baseball.“I’m definitely not saying that my injury is why I decided to stop,” he said, “but as far as a perfect storm of what’s happening, it makes you think about life moving forward.”Every year brings stories of minor league baseball players realizing they have reached the end of the line. Maybe they have a retirement plan. Maybe they don’t. Few have what Adkison has at age 22, only two weeks into a post-baseball career.Besides a website, a business and a net worth, Adkison has the trust of peers who know little about the crypto market – and older folks who know a lot.“This movement of cryptocurrency is a very millennial-driven movement,” he said. “The developers are all millennials or younger generations. They’re all tech-savvy. The people creating and driving this space are us.“The next generation filling this asset class, it’s going to be us.”last_img read more