Website Privacy and Security
Public Area Whenever you visit the public area of our site, we recognize you only by your domain name. We do not collect any personal information about you. IF you should choose to use one of the ‘Interactive Calculators’ in our Planning section, please note these calculators are for your information and use only; we do not store or acknowledge any data you should input.
Private Area As a registered user of our website, when you select the option to access your personal reports via your private portal, we will recognize you by your personal User ID and password. When your account is established, you will be given a temporary password via email and from there immediately prompted to change that password. Beacon does not have access to either your password, or the initial temporary password sent to you. You may change your password as often as you feel necessary.
To prevent password guessing, accounts are locked after 5 unsuccessful sign in attempts.
We will never disclose your personal information, or share it with any third party unless specifically instructed to do so by you.
If you would rather not have access to your reports on our Web site, please contact us and we will deactivate the information.
How Do We Protect Your Information?
When you access your financial data, we use a secure server to keep all of your personal information as secure as possible. The Transfer Layer Security (TLS ) protocol provides secure communications on the Internet by doing three things:
1. TLS encryption verifies that the server that you are communication with is the one it purports to be.
2. TLS creates a secure communication channel by encrypting all communication and viewing between the user and the server.
3. TLS conducts checks to verify data integrity between the server and the client (or user). TLS verifies that the entire message.
4.The software utilizes .NET session management for authenticating individual users and allowing permissions through the applications
In addition, we have an internal firewall in place, and monitor that we have the latest in virus protection. This approach helps ensure that your personal data remain safe and private. We will continue to implement security features in the future that will maintain the highest levels of secure data transmissions.
The beaconwc.com site, like many web sites, uses “cookies” (information stored on your computer by your browser at our request). Cookies enable the site to ‘remember’ whom you are so that you can get navigate around it easier and more efficiently. We do not save any personal or sensitive information in our cookies.
Our Web site contains hyperlinks to other sites. Web sites we link to may have different privacy practices from the ones described here for www.beaconwc.com. Visitors and clients should read the privacy statements of other Web sites they visit. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.
Electronic Message and E-mail Security
E-mail sent to Beacon Wealthcare from within our Web site is secured with the same Transfer Layer Security ( TLS) technology we use to transmit account reporting.
When you finish accessing your account, don’t forget to log off. This prevents someone else from accessing your account if you leave your computer and your session hasn’t “timed out”, or automatically shut down. We further recommend closing your browser for added security.
As a matter of policy, Beacon Wealthcare Inc. seeks to prevent the theft or misappropriation and misuse of the identities and identifying information of its clients. In order to prepare this program, the firm has evaluated the risks of identity theft in connection with its investment advisory practice including the firm’s:
The principal risks of identity theft acknowledged by Beacon Wealthcare Inc. lie in the methods for accessing accounts and the acceptance of instructions for transfers out of an account for the payment of third party payees or otherwise.
Identification of Red Flags
From time to time, Beacon Wealthcare Inc. or its staff may receive indications that the identities of clients or investors may have been compromised, stolen or are otherwise at risk. It is critical that these “red flags” are recognized so that the firm can take appropriate measures to safeguard clients and investors and prevent the misappropriation and misuse of client or investor identities and assets.
Categories of red flags to consider include the following:
Any Beacon Wealthcare Inc. personnel becoming aware of red flags, suspicious activity or unusual transfer requests must promptly notify the CCO and/or other designated person(s) before taking any further action to facilitate a transfer from the client’s account (if applicable).
Detection of Red Flags
Beacon Wealthcare Inc. and its staff should be conscious of suspicious activity or transfer requests and actively seek to detect red flags in connection with the opening and maintenance of accounts.
With respect to the opening of client accounts, Beacon Wealthcare Inc. seeks to obtain appropriate identifying information about, and verification of the identity of, the client. In order to confirm client identities, when opening accounts, if a client is not known to us personally, a driver’s license must be shown to us. In addition, our custodian verifies the account information, including address, social security, and other vital information with outside official sources.
Transfer/Payment Requests and Address Changes
Beacon Wealthcare Inc. is also committed to monitoring transfers and transactions within client accounts and seeking to authenticate clients and client requests for transfers, whether such requests direct the transfer of funds from the client’s account to third party payees or to another account in the client’s name, particularly (though not exclusively) when the receiving client account was only recently opened and/or the request was received via email or other electronic communication.
Clients can login to view their transactions and accounts via a sign in they create using their personally information. All sites are secured. Only a request for a check being mailed to the name and address of record or a request to move funds via pre-authorized money movement to a bank account can be taken over the phone. All other requests (such as wire transfers, checks to an alternate address, etc), must be done in writing, with the signature being matched to what is on file, prior to processing. For third party wire transfers an additional phone call is done to confirm the request.
We are never authorized to process a wire transfer unless we have spoken to the client and they have confirmed the instructions in writing and signed. We do not handle standing instructions for any wire transfers.
Should a client request that Beacon Wealthcare Inc. facilitate a transfer of monies from the client’s account to a new or different account held in the client’s name, the firm shall:
Any request received (ostensibly) from a client to facilitate a transfer of monies from the client’s account to a third party payee, must undergo the same process set forth above and Beacon Wealthcare Inc. should seek to verify the request as set forth below. Similarly, any request for a change of address on a client’s account must be verified by Beacon Wealthcare Inc. before being processed.
Verifications are to be accomplished through direct contact with the client at the telephone number held on record with Beacon Wealthcare Inc. Telephone contact with the client must be documented and is required regardless of whether the request for transfer or address change was received by email or telephone as a fraudster impersonating the client could have easily contacted the firm to make the request from a different phone number. When seeking verification at the client’s telephone number of record, should a client deny having requested the transfer, the Beacon Wealthcare Inc. employee having spoken to the client must immediately notify the CCO or other designated person(s).
Responding to Red Flags
To best protect our clients and investors and ensure that the firm responds in an appropriate manner to red flags and suspicious activity, all red flags and suspicious activity recognized or uncovered by personnel should be promptly reported to the CCO and/or other designated person(s).
When determining the appropriate response to red flags, Beacon Wealthcare Inc. will consider the degree of risk posed and aggravating factors that may heighten the risk of identity theft, such as a data security incident that results in unauthorized access to a client’s or investor’s account records held by the Beacon Wealthcare Inc. or other third party, or notice that a client has provided information to someone fraudulently claiming to represent Beacon Wealthcare Inc. or to a fraudulent website.
Appropriate responses may include the following, based on a consideration of the relevant facts and circumstances:
Oversight of Third-Party Service Providers
Our firm uses various service providers, including custodians and brokers in connection with our covered accounts. We have a process to confirm that relevant service providers that perform activities in connection with our covered accounts comply with reasonable policies and procedures designed to detect, prevent and mitigate identity theft by contractually requiring them to have policies and procedures to detect Red Flags. Typically, we will request an effective identity theft prevention program implementation certification from each critical service provider (e.g., brokers, custodians, etc.) on an initial and annual basis.
Furthermore, when appropriate and to ensure that our firm’s identity theft prevention program is consistently implemented, we may require certain service providers who directly or indirectly participate in the identity theft prevention effort to agree not to take, without Beacon Wealthcare Inc.’s specific approval, actions such as the following:
Updates and Approval
Beacon Wealthcare Inc.’s identity theft program shall be reviewed and approved in writing by senior management of the firm. Periodically, and at least yearly, the CCO and/or other designated person(s) shall review the program and present senior management with a report regarding the effectiveness of the program and any suggestions for improving the program based on changing or newly perceived risks, such as:
It is imperative that all personnel be familiar with the firm’s identity theft program and have a thorough understanding of his/her role and responsibilities in protecting our clients and investors. To this end, Beacon Wealthcare Inc. will conduct initial and annual training regarding its identity theft program to assist personnel to recognize and appropriately respond to and report red flags and other suspicious activity. Employees are encouraged to ask the CCO or other designated person(s) for clarification or additional information regarding the program in general or any suspicious activity in particular.
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