Ally Bank might give you $100.

thI figured that would get your attention. The $100 in question comes in the form of Amazon scrip, and two such gift cards will be given away during Ally’s monthly TweetChat on June 24.

That’s tomorrow, in case you aren’t keeping track. The topic is one with which all of us could use some schoolin’.

“Protecting Yourself Online” is just what it sounds like: the latest on security and how to protect your identity and your digital assets. As the Ally wonks note, you wouldn’t give your car keys to a stranger or leave your home’s windows and doors open – yet plenty of us are fairly unguarded online.

According to Consumer Reports, 62 percent of U.S. citizens have done nothing to protect themselves when using the Internet. That’s understandable, since digital security can be a very confusing topic – and since well-publicized data breaches make it look as though no one can really guard against determined hackers.

Attend the TweetChat and you’ll learn how to beef up your defense. The event, co-hosted by Bankrate.com, takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT. And if you want to qualify for one of those two Amazon cards, do these things:

  • Leave an RSVP using instructions at this Ally Bank blog post.
  • Follow @AllyBank and @Bankrate during the chat.
  • Use hashtag #AllyBRChat to follow/participate in the action. (Hint: Using the bank’s Twitter Chat Room makes it easier.)

Two more ways to win

Later this week the Swagbucks rewards site is promoting a “Halfway to the Holidays Swag Code Extravaganza,” with games and extra Swag Codes amounting to 35 points (aka “Swag Bucks” or “SBs”).

It takes place on June 25, of course – halfway to Christmas. I’ll be posting those extra codes on the Surviving and Thriving Facebook page as I find them. Will probably miss the first one, though, as it goes live at 3:30 a.m. my time. I like you guys, but not that much.

Speaking of bonus SBs: If you’re not already a member you can earn an easy 500 points by:

  • Signing up between now and June 30, and then
  • Earning 1,500 SBs before July 14

Finally, you have until July 4 to enter the Favado Summer BBQ Savings Sweepstakes. And you should, because the grand prize is $2,500 cash.

If you don’t win the big bucks, you might luck into a gas grill, charcoal grill, grilling tools or other summer-friendly prizes. You must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the United States to enter.

Favado is a free mobile savings app that matches deals and coupons in more than 65,000 stores nationwide. For more on how it works, see my previous post on the subject.

Good luck to all – and if you win, let me know. That would make my day.

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  1. Tina in NJ

    Just read about the quake in the Aleutians. I hope you and yours okay.

    • Donna Freedman

      That’s a long way from here, but thanks for your concern. Apparently the tsunami warning hasn’t panned out, either. Whew.

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