3 Cybersecurity Tips to Keep You Safe
In a digital age, the tactics of fraudsters are ever-changing. Be educated and prepared by following these three tips!
Tip #1 – Never share personal information via phone, text, or email.
It’s common practice for fraudsters to impersonate your financial institution, even cloning their phone number. Financial institutions will never contact you asking for personal information like security or authentication codes, your username or password, debit or credit card number, or your social security number. If this ever happens, immediately end the call or do not reply to the text or email.
- Fraudster Red Flag: Pressuring you for information and making time-sensitive requests.
Tip #2 – Use secure Online Banking and email passwords.
In many cases, fraud occurs due to unsecured passwords. Having a strong password and two-factor authentication, if possible, are your first line of defense. It’s essential that your Online Banking and email passwords be unique (not used for any other account) and not easily guessed based on personal information. Should one account be compromised, others will remain secure with unique passwords.
- Fraudster Red Flag: Requesting information be emailed to access Online Banking.
Tip #3 – Review your accounts regularly.
It’s good practice to review your account activity regularly to ensure all transactions are as you expected. If you detect any irregularities, contact your financial institution as soon as possible.
- Fraudster Red Flag: Asking you to avoid logging into your Online Banking account for any length of time.