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PAGE 12A THE KALONA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 MERIDIANj Left to fight arc Roclncy Swantz, owner Tony Erb, son Aaron Erb and son-inlaw Jason Widmer. In 1989 rural Wellman farmer Terry Erb decided that since he had "time on his hands during the winter," he would begin sell- ing Northrup-King seeds. He had no idea that 25 years later, that winter venture would grow into a 30,00 square-foot -facility with six full-time employees. Erb es- timates that each spring he has approximately 3 million pounds of seeds. Pro Grower Solutions will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a customer appreciation din- ner beginning at 6 p.m. Friday,, Sept. 5, with music, gifts, prizes and fireworks. Pro Grower Solutions now of- fers everything from seeds to starter fertilizers, liquid, and ag chemicals for weed and insect control. Services include field- by-field recommendations, a local warehouse, manufacture support for branded products and financ- ing. It also offers soybeans in bulk from its TruBulk handling plant in Wellman, with seed tenders available. Erb is a certified pesticide ap- plicator and dealer. Erb said Pro Grower Solutions grew slowly at in'st. He hired his first employee in 1995, adding more in 2005. He credits his em- ployees as being a driving force behind his success. They are Rod Swantz, Larry Miller, Jason Wid- mer (son-in-law), son Aaron Erb, Myles Swartzentruber and Donna Yoder. There are in-season helpers as well. His main business area is with- in a 30-mile radius, though there are some customers from across the Midwest, from South Dakota to Missouri. Erb also credits his company's success to "not being afraid to aggressively invest in equipment that provides additional service to our customers." Erb said he plans to continue in growing Pro Grower Solutions' customer base. To not go forward, he observed, is to go backwards. Makes a hand][ tool for multiple uses in various locations Alumm,um & Poly - Several Sizes Available '||NN|NAN Welding, Equipment & Steel Buildings 5160 Hwy. 1 8W, galona (5 mls North of alona) . 319.688-2907 voicemail From Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller Someone walks into a bank and says he'd like to withdraw all the money from your account. The teller says, "What's the pass- word?" The guy doesn't know, but he guesses. "Um, it's 123456." The teller hands him the money and he leaves. While that scenario may seem absurd, in many cases cyber criminals, with little effort, can access bank accounts, credit card accounts, financial and personal information with little effort when they hack into computers or on- line accounts. And, according to a report by security application provider SplashData, the most common password people used in 2013 was "123456." In second place: "password." Your password can be the key to the lock that either stops someone from opening the gateway to your personal information, or it allows them right in. And, when using the same password for many accounts and a hacker learns that password, you've just handed someone the master key. Passwords Strong passwords, and pass- words that are unique to each ac- count, provide better protection from hackers and malicious soft- ware. Create a password that is unique to each account. Passwords should contain at least eight characters (the longer the password, the more secure). They should contain upper case letters, lower case letters, num- bers, and non-alphabet symbols. For example, if you owned a cat named Tiger, "Tigerl" would be a weak password. "*McThgL@H!" would be a much stronger pass- word (short for "My cat Tiger has nine lives at home"). Don't use plain words you'd find in the dictionary, common names or names of family mem- bers, pet names, or favorite things like sports teams or hobbies. Advertise Your Garage Sale For Friday, Sept. Saturday, Sept. in the Special Garage Sale Page published in the September 25 edition of The Kalona News & The Highland Review Mail or bring to: The Kalona News PO Box 430 Kalona, IA 52247 Deadline: Noon, Friday, September 19 All $10.00 ads must be paid in advance. Name: Address: Phone: Garage Sale Address: Garage Sale Time: Garage Sale Ad (up to 40 words): Make sure that when you change passwords, the new ones are completely different from the old ones. Don't write down your pass- words and store them at your com- puter or stick them to your moni- tor. Store them in a safe place. Use a secure password manag- er. Password managers allow you to create and store highly secure passwords, and you only need to remember one password. Phishing Phishing occurs when a fraudu- lent email, website or phone call, convinces a user to divulge per- sonal information. For example, a user receives an email "alert" that they need to confirm account information. The user clicks on a link and enters the personal in- formation on a website that looks legitimate, but is not. Don't click on any links included in an unsolicited email that claims it's urgent and ,ou must confirm or provide personal financial or ac- count information. (Anytime you submit personal information on a website, make sure it's a secure website with an address that be- gins with https://. The "s" means it's secure.) Don't email personal information unless it's encrypted. If you have any question about the legitimacy of an email, find contact information on a previous statement or invoice, or a known website through a knowr search engine, and call to confirm. 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