May 16, 2018


  1. Use passwords. They are the first line of protection against unauthorized access to private information.

  2. Use hard-to-guess passwords. If you have trouble thinking of a password you can remember, try this tip: Use a pattern or personal memory to form a passw...

April 11, 2018

At Brinks & Associates, we understand that the increased development in technological efficiency in the past decade has led to a growing number of people transferring information through the internet. The emergence of online banks, academic institutions, social media,...

March 13, 2018

We recommend that our clients check their social security personal earnings statement each year for fraud. It is possible that someone else is using your social security number, or that your employer did not report all of your earnings accurately.

This statement is emai...

February 13, 2018

Do not give out your social security number unless you have asked why it is required. Challenging the request will often mean you do not have to give out the information.

Do not carry your social security card in your wallet or purse.

Never give out your social security...

January 16, 2018

Many of our clients ask whether they should purchase long term care insurance. There is no single correct answer. There are five things everyone should consider.

  1. Medicare does not cover basic nursing home care. The law provides a limited benefit for skilled nursing...

December 12, 2017


Put anything of importance in a mailbox in front of your house with the flag up


Use high traffic area mailboxes with multiple pickups, or go to the post office

Other Tips

  1. Buy a shredder.

  2. Take your name off magazines before giving them away.

  3. If you...

November 15, 2017

One way to reduce the possibility of people seeking information that they should not get (and to reduce your annoyance level as well) is to list you phone number on the national do not call registry.

The website is

The phone number is 888.382.1222

If you...

September 12, 2017

Michigan has a bounced checks law: Do it right and you can increase the amount owed. 

A copy of the law is attached.

Make sure you write one letter for each bounced check. Even though the law only  requires a first-class letter, we recommend that you send it return recei...

August 15, 2017

Tips to ensure safe transactions.

  1. Look around before you walk up to or drive up to an ATM machine.

  2. Watch out for “shoulder surfing.” This is when someone watches you input your pin number anywhere.

  3. Do not write down your pin number.

  4. Use a pin number t...

August 10, 2017

I leave for St. Paul on Monday, August 14 for my steamboat trip down the Mississippi. Follow along on Facebook! We love to hear from clients and colleagues and friends along the way.

Going south with the current to New Orleans with many stops along the way.

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