Change the clocks, and while you’re at it, review how secure you’re being online
Be prepared to spring forward this Sunday, March 13, when Daylight Saving Time takes effect. That means turning your clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m., which will of course, result in one additional hour of sunlight at the end of the day. While Daylight Saving Time serves as a good reminder to test and replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, it’s also a great time to think about checking the security of your personal information. We have posted mobile security tips on the Bank5 Connect website from the American Bankers Association, and have also provided links to the FDIC’s “A Cybersecurity Guide for Financial Institution Customers” and “A Bank Customer’s Guide to Cybersecurity”. We would highly recommend taking a few minutes to review these valuable resources.
Daylight Saving Time, incidentally, is often incorrectly referred to as Daylight Savings Time. The correct title and practice came about 100 years ago for varying reasons, including making better use of natural daylight in order to conserve energy by relying less on artificial light.
Curious to know more about Daylight Saving Time, or DST? Here are some additional insights:
- Globally, more than 70 nations currently use DST.
- DST scores points with the tourist industry, since extra daylight means more people are shopping and attending outdoor events such as concerts and festivals.
- DST starts between March and April and ends between September and November each year, when the locations using it return to standard time.
- There was a time when U.S. dairy farmers weren’t fans of DST. That’s because the time changes disrupted the pattern for milking cows and collecting the milk. Robotic milking, however, has effectively dealt with this issue, but DST still poses a problem for farmers in developing countries.
- Other DST opponents argue that people are more exposed to crime when DST takes effect in the spring, since many people leave their homes in the dark during morning hours. And some studies have shown an increase in vehicular accidents and heart attacks shortly after clocks are set ahead one hour, due to disruptions in our body’s natural rhythm.
- Almost all of Arizona doesn’t practice DST but instead sticks to Mountain Standard Time throughout the year. The only exception is the Navajo Nation community. One major reason Arizona chooses to ignore DST is because of the state’s extreme heat. Having more sunlight in the evening increases the amount of air conditioning and overall energy used. If Arizona were to observe DST the sun wouldn’t set until 9 p.m., instead of the current 8 p.m. Of course, this does create some confusion for visitors from outside the state who are accustomed to DST.
- Hawaii also doesn’t observe DST because of its close proximity to the equator, where day and night remain roughly the same length throughout the entire year.
- Other locations that won’t practice DST in 2016 include Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Algeria, Barbados, Iceland, St. Barts, India, Venezuela, Japan, South Africa, Jamaica, Panama, Nepal, and Thailand.
Although it’s not a universally accepted practice, Daylight Saving Time continues to survive in most of the United States. And in just a few days it will signal the upcoming arrival of spring!