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How to Document Personal Belongings for Insurance

Documenting belongings can make a potential personal property insurance claim process much easier. Follow this 4-step method of quickly and easily documenting what you own.

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Switching Insurance Companies? Six Points to Consider.

Considering changing insurance companies? Here are a few points to think about.

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What Should You Do With Your Outdated Electronics?

Unsure of what to do with outdated devices? Here are five ideas to help you reduce, reuse, or recycle your electronics.

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Top Five Tips to Consider When Choosing a Kids Bike

Take the guesswork out of buying a kid's bike. Use these tips to select and purchase bikes that make riding fun, comfortable and safe.

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Top Safety Tips for your RV Adventures

Staying safe on your RV road trip is a key part of an enjoyable vacation. Check out important safety tips before you travel.

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Ways to Help Keep Your Information Updated During a Move

Moving? Update your vehicle information with the DMV/RMV and your personal information with banks, insurers, schools, and other important organizations.

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What to Do if You Lose Your Credit Card or Wallet

What to do when your credit card is lost or stolen, plus how to limit your liability and protect against fraudulent charges.

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Home Filing System

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by paper clutter, especially when working remotely. Here's how to set up a home filing system and stay organized.

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Keeping Your Devices Clean

We take our digital devices with us everywhere... and that means potential exposure to bacteria and viruses. Here's how to keep digital devices clean.

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Screen-Free, Year-Round Activities for Kids

Too much screen time can lead to more than just eye fatigue for kids. It's why screen-free activities are so important. More information here:

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What to Do When You Lose Your Phone

What to do when your phone is lost, how to recover a lost phone, and how to prevent data theft on a stolen phone.

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Easy Ways to Keep Your Valuables Safe While Traveling

Don't be an easy target for thieves on your long-awaited vacation. Learn five steps you can take to protect your valuables while traveling.

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Tips to Break Away from your Smartphone

Mobile devices have changed our culture and become hard to break away from. Learn some quick tips to help you take a break from your device.

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Best Practices for Keeping Your Data Safe

More and more people are falling victim to data breaches and identity theft. Encompass offers practical tips to help keep your data safe and protected.

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Backing Up Important Documents

Being prepared can make a world of difference when disaster strikes. Learn how to be proactive in gathering all your important documents, making copies and storing them all in safe locations.

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5 Ideas for How to Use Your Tax Return

While it can be tempting to use your tax refund for something more fun, here are five options to consider for re-investing that hard-earned money in yourself and your home.

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Financial Habits to Start Young

Many kids don't feel prepared for the financial responsibilities that come later in life. Here are some tips to help children of any age understand the value and impact of money.

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Cleaning up Your Virtual Desktop

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day is the perfect opportunity to organize your files, safeguard your accounts and achieve a fresh start-digitally speaking.

Umbrella Insurance

Umbrella insurance kicks in when the liability coverage on your auto, homeowners or renters insurance is exhausted.

Smartphones Have Become Indispensable — Use Yours Safely

Smartphones have gone from non-existent to essential in less than a decade. Read this to learn how to protect yourself from data thieves and distracted driving.

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Five Tips for Protecting Your Summer Toys

Whether you’re racing across the bay on your jet ski, off-roading with your ATV or spending leisurely afternoons kayaking on a lake, make sure you are properly protected. Check out these tips to get you started

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Summer Safety Tips for Boats, Motorcycles and Jet Skis

Here are some safety tips for summer "toys" including motorcycles, boats and jet skis. Completing a required safety course may also earn you an insurance discount.

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Safety Tips for New Drone Owners

Several high-profile drone mishaps have reinforced the need for smart safety protocols. If you own a drone or are interested in buying one, keep these considerations in mind.

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7 Helpful Bike Safety Tips

It's National Bike Safety Month! Check out these 7 helpful bicycle safety tips. Do you know if your bike is covered by homeowners or renters insurance in the event of an accident or theft?

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Insurance for Jewelry Gifts: Considerations for the Gift Giver and Recipient

Valentine's Day jewelry gift insurance: personal property insurance considerations for both the giver and the recipient.

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Protecting Valuable Holiday Gifts

Protect new holiday gifts, jewelry, engagement rings and electronics with scheduled personal property insurance. Understand your coverage and claim options.

6 Tips for Snowmobiling Safety

Snowmobiling for the first time? Check out some ways to help you stay safer this season.

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Shopping Tips: Stay Safe and Still Snag the Best Deal

Planning to shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this year? Reduce your risk for identity theft and pickpocketing with these helpful safety tips.

Trampolines & Insurance Coverage: Tips for Homeowners

Before purchasing a trampoline for your kids, be sure to speak with your insurance agent to ensure you are sufficiently protected. Learn about different coverage options available and steps to take to help your kids stay safe.

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7 Tips to Help Winterize a Second Home

Learn how to winterize your vacation home or second home to reduce the risk of damage from burst pipes, break-ins and more.

Protecting Personal Property on a Boat

Help stop marine personal property theft before it starts: five tips to help keep your boat safe in the dock.

Protection While You Travel

Going on a business trip? A two week vacation with the family? See how auto and home insurance policies may be able to protect you while you are away.

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Emergency Fund: Do's and Don'ts

Financial experts advise having an emergency fund. Here are some quick do's and don'ts to get your emergency fund on track.

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Helpful Tips to Increase the Lifespan of Your Golf Clubs

Five tips and tricks for protecting golf clubs from damage on the green and when traveling.

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Summer Grilling Safety Tips: Don't Let Your BBQ Go Up in Flames!

How do you know if your propane grill has a gas leak? Learn how to check with our Memorial Day safety tips.

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Mobile Apps

Home security apps, distracted driving apps - these are just a few of the ways tech is helping consumers stay better protected.

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Identity Stolen? Here are Some Helpful Tips

If your identity was stolen, would you know? Check out our helpful tips before you fall victim to identity fraud.

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How to Select the Right Data Storage for You

Deciding between cloud-based storage or an external hard drive? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when shopping for data storage.

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Smartwatches: Should I buy one?

Before you decide to purchase a smartwatch, check out our post to help you make a decision that suits your needs.

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The Proper Care of an Art Collection

Caring for an art collection requires a little bit of know how. Here are some tips on the proper care of an art collection.

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Striking the Right Key: Finding a Piano That's in Tune with Your Home

If you are considering buying a piano, it's key to be informed about how different types fit into homes and lifestyles. Find out what to consider before deciding.

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Your Role In Cybersecurity

Creating and maintaining a safe and secure cyberspace is key to preventing your private information from landing in the hands of individuals who would use it for their benefit.

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