Member Discount: International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles

International Space Development ConferenceThe 33rd Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2014) kicks off on Wednesday, May 14, for five days of presentations, panels, exhibits, lunches and dinners celebrating this year’s theme, “A Space Renaissance.”

Among the notable VIPs at ISDC 2014 is the Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, who will open Thursday morning’s plenary session, and Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, who will accept the Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award during Friday evening’s Governor’s Dinner.

Apollo 11 astronaut and author Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, will speak at a noontime luncheon on Saturday. A total of six astronauts will be attending the conference.

“I’ve participated in the ISDC since the very first one in 1982, and it remains the preeminent meeting of its kind anywhere in the country,” said Aldrin. “I am looking forward to speaking at the conference again this year and I encourage anyone with an interest in space exploration and innovation to join me at ISDC 2014.”

As a benefit of your NASA FCU membership, you may register for the upcoming NSS Conference at a savings of $25 when you register online. NASA FCU Members should choose the “NASA Federal Credit Union” option in the ISDC Sponsor/Co-Sponsor dropdown. 

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Learn more about this conference here.

Bill White Talks Family Mortgages on WUSA 9

On Tuesday April 29, 2014, our mortgage expert and VP of Real Estate Lending Bill White spoke with WUSA 9 about the spring mortgage market. He discussed the advantages of using a credit union for your mortgage over a big bank, as well as the Family Mortgage* available from NASA Federal. Through the Family Mortgage, young adults with limited resources can take advantage of their parents’ financial qualifications. Here’s how it works:

  • Parents are added as co-borrowers on the loan and are not required to live at the residence
  • Exit flexibility so parents don’t get locked in – ask us for details
  • It’s also a great way to help an elderly parent secure a new home

Learn More

equal-housing-lender*Special loan programs offered to well-qualified applicants. Some restrictions may apply. Offers valid for primary residences only. Speak with a NASA FCU First Mortgage Loan Specialist for loan details and rates. NMLS Registry.

JSC Shred Event Results

Shred Retouched

Our Shred Event at the Johnson Space Center helped save 60 Trees

In an effort to help save Johnson Space Center employees from potential identity fraud, NASA Federal Credit Union sponsored the JSC Shred Event on April 3, 2014. The event enjoyed a great turnout, lots of enthusiasm, and tremendous results, with over 3.5 tons of paper collected for shredding in less than 3 hours. But that’s not all!

Aside from significantly cutting down on potential identity fraud,  the shred event also helped preserve the environment. See for yourself:

Environmental Savings

Financial Value

60 Trees Saved

$15,000

24,500 Gallons of Water Saved

$110

14,350 KW of Energy Saved

$1,150

201 Pounds of Pollutants Kept from Atmosphere

$1,010

18 Cubic Yards of Landfill Saved

$900

TOTAL FINANCIAL VALUE

$18,210

NASA Federal was thrilled to help Johnson Space Center employees avoid potential identity fraud – all while helping the environment.

Heartbleed Bug: Your NASA FCU Accounts are Not Affected

You may have heard the news reports regarding security vulnerability called Heartbleed. The Heartbleed Bug affects OpenSSL-an open source software widely used to encrypt Web communication.

First, we want to assure you that your NASA Federal Credit Union accounts are not affected by the Heartbleed Bug.

Do Our Members Need to Take Action?

NASA FCU Member Accounts have not been affected however we always encourage members to routinely change their passwords and to continue to take proactive steps towards protecting their personal information from fraud. We also encourage members to be cautious of what sites they visit, sign on to, and what links they click since these may be unsecure.

Members can visit the NASA FCU Security Center for more information on protecting themselves from fraud, as well as the steps NASA FCU takes to keep their information secure.

More information on the Heartbleed SSL can be found at www.heartbleed.com.

Cherry Blossom Run 2014

On April 6, 2014, approximately 64 NASA FCU volunteers, 64 community volunteers and 14 NASA FCU runners participated in the 10-Mile Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run. Each year, the event brings together credit unions from across the country in support of the Children’s Miracle Network.

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How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Data breaches at retail establishments and universities seem to be abundant these days. And if you’re like most of us, you may be wondering if there’s anything you can do to help protect yourself—and your credit—from prying eyes.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, there is an important tool you may consider: a credit freeze—or security freeze—on your credit report. By employing a credit freeze, you essentially restrict access to your credit report.

The reason this tool is so effective is that creditors must review your credit report before approving new accounts. If they are unable to access your credit file, they are unlikely to extend credit. As a result, restricting access to your credit report puts the brakes on identity thieves who would open new accounts in your name.

To place a freeze on your credit reports, you’ll need to contact each of the nationwide credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Be prepared to share with them your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. There are also fees for this service. They are based on your address, but they typically are only between $5 and $10.

A credit freeze does not affect your credit score or prevent you from getting your free annual credit report. You can still open new accounts, apply for jobs, rent an apartment, and buy insurance, but you’ll need to lift the freeze temporarily, either for a specific time, or for a specific party, say, a potential landlord or employer. The cost and lead times to lift a freeze vary, so it’s best to check with the credit reporting company in advance.

Although a credit freeze is an effective tool, it won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts. You still need to monitor all bank, credit card and insurance statements for fraudulent transactions.