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What’s new? What’s old? What’s interesting? What’s worth mentioning? We’re all busy. But we always do our best to provide news and views on the happenings in our community.

Columbus Day

Due to Columbus Day, Horizon Bank ACH and wire processing will not be available on Monday, October 14th. Any teller transactions made will be posted the next day. All activity will resume as usual on Tuesday, October 15th. more

Due to Columbus Day, Horizon Bank ACH and wire processing will not be available on Monday, October 14th. Any teller transactions made will be posted the next day. All activity will resume as usual on Tuesday, October 15th.

6 Ways to Protect your Business from Fraudsters

1. Partner with Horizon
Horizon offers a wide variety of security features such as debit card alerts, dual authentication, tokens, secure messages, Positive Pay, and more to help protect you and your business. Contact your banker today and find out what additional security features we offer. more

1. Partner with Horizon

Horizon offers a wide variety of security features such as debit card alerts, dual authentication, tokens, secure messages, Positive Pay, and more to help protect you and your business. Contact your banker today and find out what additional security features we offer.

2. Educate your Staff

Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. Holding regular cyber security sessions, trainings, conference calls, or even email reminders are all great ways to educate staff.

3. Be wary of “confidential” or “urgent” requests

As wire fraud rises, so do the requests for urgent and confidential requests. Email, phone, and even mail requests are becoming commonplace for scammers to request monies. Did the request seem out of the ordinary? Always do your due diligence and verify with the actual person who the request is supposedly coming from.

4. Protect your workplace physically and digitally 

Updating your browser, denying unknown individuals access to secure areas, downloading suspicious materials, reporting broken windows or locks, reporting suspicious behavior and backing up sensitive data are all ways employees can protect their workplaces. Check out additional ways to protect your workplace physically and digitally on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

5. Shred sensitive documents

Dumpster diving is a becoming more prevalent and is one of the easiest ways for fraudsters to collect information. In fact, identity theft through dumpster diving is becoming more commonplace and an easy way to gather personal information about you and your business. There are companies that will come to your business, pick up your shred, and safely shred and dispose of the documents in a safe, secure location. Always be sure to shred documents containing sensitive information at home too!

6. Trust your gut

If you feel something is a little off, it more than likely is. Even if nothing turns out to be wrong, spending the extra minutes to check is time well spent.

A Cybersecurity Survival Kit

Cyber threats are real and can happen to anyone. Doesn’t it seem like every couple of months we hear of yet another data breach? One of the easiest ways to protect you and your business is to make cybersecurity a priority. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting computer systems, more

Cyber threats are real and can happen to anyone. Doesn’t it seem like every couple of months we hear of yet another data breach? One of the easiest ways to protect you and your business is to make cybersecurity a priority. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting computer systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks, theft, or damage. Below is a list of some helpful do’s and don’ts.

1. Be Selective When Sharing Info

Fraudsters can gain access to a wide range of information from social media sites including your birthday, where you live, family members and pets’ names, dates you’re on vacation, and more. These key pieces of information can be used to guess passwords, logins, or attempt impersonations.

2. Backup Your Data

Backing up your data prevents a potential loss to ransomware. Cloud based backup services are an excellent option but an external hard drive works too.

3. Use a Firewall and Keep your Software, OS, and Browsers Up to Date

Firewalls guard against unwanted network traffic. It’s similar to a digital gatekeeper where anything can exit but only authorized items can enter. Most computers come with built-in firewalls and enabling these firewalls protects your computer from threats.

Keeping your software, operating systems and browsers up-to-date is very important. As more security threats are created, updates help to tackle these new risks. Put bluntly, outdated technology cannot keep up with modern security threats.

4. Don’t Download Pirated Software

Pirated software for things like movies, tv shows, games, applications, and office productivity software are not only illegal but most often times contain malware or viruses. Remember the huge surge in music piracy in the 2000s?

5. Always Check the URL

Clicking a link in an email does not always take you to the URL you thought you were going. Always hover over a link within an email first to ensure that the correct link is shown. Also, practice safe surfing and shopping by checking that the site’s address begins with “https” and not “http.”

6. Use Multi-factor Authentication

Use multi-factor authentication whenever possible to confirm your identity when you log into your accounts. Horizon offers dual authentication and tokens, along with a lineup of other security features.

7. Change Your Password. Often!

Last but not least, changing your passwords often is an easy way to protect you and your business. Be sure to use passwords that are not easily guessed; contain symbols, numbers, and upper and lowercase letters; and do not contain personal information. Look into using a password manager as they can auto-generate and store strong passwords for you.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! Held every October, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between industries and the government to boost awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to provide people with the resources they need to be better protected and more secure online.
Horizon Bank is joining in this effort by providing a few tips and tricks to help better protect and secure you and your business from fraudsters. more

It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! Held every October, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between industries and the government to boost awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to provide people with the resources they need to be better protected and more secure online.

Horizon Bank is joining in this effort by providing a few tips and tricks to help better protect and secure you and your business from fraudsters. We’ll be discussing topics throughout the month of October including: A Cybersecurity Survival Kit, Six Ways to Protect Your Business from Fraudsters, Be Wary of Phishing, and Debit Card Alert Tips.

For more information about NCSAM, check out the Department of Homeland Security’s website. Here you’ll find important information, updates, and even a trivia game to help further your learning. Don’t forget: Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

Woof! Woof!

Horizon Bank has gone to the dogs! To celebrate National Dog Day on August 26th, staff teamed up with their pups and participated in a “Strut Your Pup” step challenge for the week and earned a fun doggy bag filled with pup goodies. We also teamed up with Q2 at their 3rd Annual Pup Pub Crawl for some doggy pets and mixing. more

Horizon Bank has gone to the dogs! To celebrate National Dog Day on August 26th, staff teamed up with their pups and participated in a “Strut Your Pup” step challenge for the week and earned a fun doggy bag filled with pup goodies. We also teamed up with Q2 at their 3rd Annual Pup Pub Crawl for some doggy pets and mixing.

Dog toys and treats were also handed out to our fuzzy customers who came by to wag their tails. The event rounded off with an awesome donation of doggy toys to a local Austin veterinarian.

Bank Closure – Labor Day

All Horizon Bank branches will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 3rd. more

All Horizon Bank branches will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Back to School Time!

It’s August and you know what that means… back to school! Horizon wants to wish all the parents, teachers, students, staff, administration, and all of those involved a happy 2019-2020 school year!

It’s August and you know what that means… back to school! Horizon wants to wish all the parents, teachers, students, staff, administration, and all of those involved a happy 2019-2020 school year!

Bank Closure – 4th of July

Horizon Bank will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5th. more

Horizon Bank will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5th.

Salado Grill N’ Chill

As temperatures rise, so does the summertime fun! On Tuesday, June 25th, our Salado branch held a little Grill N’ Chill in appreciation of our amazing customers. The smoker was cooking and the burgers were grilling. Customers enjoyed delicious food, famous homemade sugar cookies, dessert, and received some awesome giveaways. more

As temperatures rise, so does the summertime fun! On Tuesday, June 25th, our Salado branch held a little Grill N’ Chill in appreciation of our amazing customers. The smoker was cooking and the burgers were grilling. Customers enjoyed delicious food, famous homemade sugar cookies, dessert, and received some awesome giveaways. Everybody had a little fun in the sun.

Holland Corn Festival

This past Saturday marked the 45th Annual Holland Corn Festival. Horizon Bank staff and family had a “popping” good time! Festival activities included concerts, 5k run, parade, corn seed spitting contests, corn cob relay, bbq cookoff, and so, so much more!
Not only did we run in the 5k, more

This past Saturday marked the 45th Annual Holland Corn Festival. Horizon Bank staff and family had a “popping” good time! Festival activities included concerts, 5k run, parade, corn seed spitting contests, corn cob relay, bbq cookoff, and so, so much more!

Not only did we run in the 5k, have a little fun in the horseshoe tournament, and bobbed for some corn on the cob, we also had a float in the parade. Horizon’s float theme this year was “We go the extra mile,” and featured construction accessories like hard hats, safety vests, and traffic cone stress balls. We even won 2nd place!

Bank Closure – Memorial Day

Horizon Bank will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28th. more

Horizon Bank will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28th.

X Marks the Spot

Ahoy Mateys! The Wonders & Worries 3rd Annual Urban Scavenger Hunt takes place today, Sunday, May 5, 2019. A family-friendly event that benefits Central Texas children and teens by building their wellbeing and helping cope with a parent’s serious illness. The hunt is on and crew mates will come together to complete fun challenges, more

Ahoy Mateys! The Wonders & Worries 3rd Annual Urban Scavenger Hunt takes place today, Sunday, May 5, 2019. A family-friendly event that benefits Central Texas children and teens by building their wellbeing and helping cope with a parent’s serious illness. The hunt is on and crew mates will come together to complete fun challenges, good deeds, and visit multiple clue stops around Austin to earn points. Arrrrr you ready? We see your financial horizon on 5th.

After manning our clue stop or competing for the doubloons, Horizon Bank staff will join families, volunteers, and shipmates alike to go on more adventures at the After Party at Zilker Lodge. See you on the open seas!

Chocolate Bunnies, Colorful Eggs, and Bright Smiles

Horizon Bank employees played the Easter Bunny this year and hopped on over to local nonprofit Helping Hand Home with 40 Easter baskets for their foster families. These baskets were crafted with care and filled with hand-picked toys, bunny shaped chocolates, individually filled Easter eggs, coloring/art books, more

Horizon Bank employees played the Easter Bunny this year and hopped on over to local nonprofit Helping Hand Home with 40 Easter baskets for their foster families. These baskets were crafted with care and filled with hand-picked toys, bunny shaped chocolates, individually filled Easter eggs, coloring/art books, stickers, and other fun goodies. To make them feel egg-stra special, we decorated handmade cards addressed to each and every little bunny.

#MarchMadness

The March Madness fever passed around our branches this year! 2019 brought out a little friendly competition among the staff with the NCAA Tournament. We had a little face off of our own to see who could predict the best bracket. And while there’s a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of a perfect bracket, more

The March Madness fever passed around our branches this year! 2019 brought out a little friendly competition among the staff with the NCAA Tournament. We had a little face off of our own to see who could predict the best bracket. And while there’s a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of a perfect bracket, some of our staff knew what they were doing! One employee even had a perfect bracket at the end of the first day (don’t worry, it didn’t last.)

But in the end, only one came out on top as our bracket winner. The top three brackets plus one randomly drawn person received fun prizes, and our bottom two brackets received a little something with the coveted “March Sadness” cup. There were no sore losers here!

Spring Break is Here!

Spring is in full force this year with warm sunshine and a little rain to wash away the winter blues and help those spring gardens grow. Be sure to enjoy the weather and check out the bluebonnets, wildflowers, and fun local events happening all around Central Texas. more

Spring is in full force this year with warm sunshine and a little rain to wash away the winter blues and help those spring gardens grow. Be sure to enjoy the weather and check out the bluebonnets, wildflowers, and fun local events happening all around Central Texas. Have a wonderful Spring Break and take this time to rejuvenate, refresh, and spend some time with the kiddos.

SXSW 2019

If you are going to be out and about in Austin these next two weeks, you’ll probably notice the sea of people with lanyards (and the eccentrically dressed).  Every year, Austin is taken over by tens of thousands of innovators, techies, music artists, film makers, and creatives alike. more

If you are going to be out and about in Austin these next two weeks, you’ll probably notice the sea of people with lanyards (and the eccentrically dressed).  Every year, Austin is taken over by tens of thousands of innovators, techies, music artists, film makers, and creatives alike. This 10-day conference and festival brings together a diverse group of people from all over to discover, experience, network, and collaborate. The city will be humming and we’ll be here stepping to it. Whether you partake in the festivities or avoid them all together, we hope you have a great SXSW!

Super Bowl LIII Party

With Super Bowl Sunday quickly approaching, Horizon Bank staff got into the spirit and had a little Super Bowl party of our own. Employees put on their favorite team’s jersey (or spirit shirts) for a little Friday football fun. There may or may not have been a little trash talk in Patriots versus Rams at our tailgating-inspired lunch of wings, more

With Super Bowl Sunday quickly approaching, Horizon Bank staff got into the spirit and had a little Super Bowl party of our own. Employees put on their favorite team’s jersey (or spirit shirts) for a little Friday football fun. There may or may not have been a little trash talk in Patriots versus Rams at our tailgating-inspired lunch of wings, salads, tater tots, and treats. Don’t forget to check out the Kitten Bowl and Puppy Bowl for a little ruff and tumble.

New Year. New Website.

This past year we have been diligently working on updating our website. We’ve worked to bring you an experience that’s straightforward, seamless, mobile responsive, and modern. Changes include an updated look and feel, navigation, additional login options, demo videos, and more. Take a look around and see why Horizon is “A Different Brand of Banking”.

This past year we have been diligently working on updating our website. We’ve worked to bring you an experience that’s straightforward, seamless, mobile responsive, and modern. Changes include an updated look and feel, navigation, additional login options, demo videos, and more. Take a look around and see why Horizon is “A Different Brand of Banking”.

Season of Giving: Adopt a Family

The holidays are a wonderful time of joy and giving. For the third consecutive year, Horizon partnered with Helping Hand Home (HHH) to provide families with a memorable holiday season. Our six teams checked 19 kids off the “Nice List” this year.

The holidays are a wonderful time of joy and giving. For the third consecutive year, Horizon partnered with Helping Hand Home (HHH) to provide families with a memorable holiday season. Our six teams checked 19 kids off the “Nice List” this year.

Halloween 2018 at Horizon Bank

This year, the scariest day of the year fell on a Wednesday. But that didn’t stop the Horizon team from getting into character and having a spooktacular time! All over Central Texas, our branches were taken over by underwater royalty, minions, crime-fighting superheroes, medieval lords, and more! more

This year, the scariest day of the year fell on a Wednesday. But that didn’t stop the Horizon team from getting into character and having a spooktacular time! All over Central Texas, our branches were taken over by underwater royalty, minions, crime-fighting superheroes, medieval lords, and more! Teams were encouraged to gather for a costume contest that manifested in creativity, collaboration, and of course, some friendly competition!

Horizon Bank Rides for JDRF

Over 30 employees, volunteers, and customers joined Horizon Bank for a Halloween Fun Bike Ride in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF aims to help the lives of those who are burdened with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The bike ride started at Govalle Park and ended in Hutto. more

Over 30 employees, volunteers, and customers joined Horizon Bank for a Halloween Fun Bike Ride in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF aims to help the lives of those who are burdened with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The bike ride started at Govalle Park and ended in Hutto. Both riders and those attending donned spooky costumes and cheered on the cyclists. Afterwards, the crew headed to Eastside Tavern for a well-deserved reward!

Change is Good: Horizon Bank’s Holland Branch Under Renovation

Exciting changes are on the horizon! Beginning November 2018, our very first bank branch at 200 West Travis Street in Holland, Texas, will be undergoing a renovation. In addition to some basic updates and upgrades, we’re taking the branch back to its original footprint and true form. more

Exciting changes are on the horizon! Beginning November 2018, our very first bank branch at 200 West Travis Street in Holland, Texas, will be undergoing a renovation. In addition to some basic updates and upgrades, we’re taking the branch back to its original footprint and true form. In the meantime, please visit our other location around the corner. Stay tuned for the big reveal projected in Spring 2019! Thank you for your patience.

Afternoon at the Movies Benefiting Helping Hand Home

Going to the movies can be challenging, even with a group of awesome kids. So on September 9, 2018, 30 Horizon employees brought the movies to them! Our dedicated volunteers helped celebrate back to school with an “Afternoon at the Movies” for the kids at Helping Hand Home. more

Going to the movies can be challenging, even with a group of awesome kids. So on September 9, 2018, 30 Horizon employees brought the movies to them! Our dedicated volunteers helped celebrate back to school with an “Afternoon at the Movies” for the kids at Helping Hand Home. It was a day full of fun with a showing of Coco, a custom ticket stand, a popcorn bar, movie blankets, bingo, and crafts. “Seize your moment!”

Horizon Bank Partners with Q2 eBanking to Host Breakthrough’s Presentations of Learning

Breakthrough Central Texas builds paths for students from low-income communities who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. Through Breakthrough’s summer program, 11th grade students participate in activities like volunteer projects, internships, and camps that help build their college resumes. Students presented their experiences, more

Breakthrough Central Texas builds paths for students from low-income communities who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. Through Breakthrough’s summer program, 11th grade students participate in activities like volunteer projects, internships, and camps that help build their college resumes. Students presented their experiences, what they learned, and how the summer program will help them on their journey to college–all in front of a panel of professionals that included over 30 Horizon Bank and Q2 employees who provided feedback to the students.

Holland Corn Festival: “Your Homegrown Bank”

As a cornerstone of the Holland business community, we were excited to take part in all the festivities at the 44th Annual Holland Corn Festival on June 16, 2018. This year’s theme was “Your Homegrown Bank.” Festivities included a float in the parade, performances on the Saturday Night Stage, more

As a cornerstone of the Holland business community, we were excited to take part in all the festivities at the 44th Annual Holland Corn Festival on June 16, 2018. This year’s theme was “Your Homegrown Bank.” Festivities included a float in the parade, performances on the Saturday Night Stage, and the 5K Run/Walk. We love to dig up solutions for our customers and cultivate lifelong relationships. And while we’re growing in size, we’re dedicated to keeping it local.

Horizon Bank Presents the Wonders and Worries’ 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt

Horizon was proud to be the presenting sponsor for Wonders and Worries 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt. With over 300 participants–including 50 Horizon Bank employees and family members–each team completed fun clue challenges (like singing the Barney theme song to strangers or oinking like a pig) to earn points. more

Horizon was proud to be the presenting sponsor for Wonders and Worries 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt. With over 300 participants–including 50 Horizon Bank employees and family members–each team completed fun clue challenges (like singing the Barney theme song to strangers or oinking like a pig) to earn points. In addition to increasing awareness, we also helped raise $59,000 that will enable W&W to continue to provide free professional support to families throughout a parent’s serious illness.