As National Cyber Security Awareness Month comes to a close, I wanted to post another article with tips to protect yourself online. This article comes from Third Federal Bank. Be diligent in protecting yourself online and make sure older folks in your family are aware of the scams and how to avoid them.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is observed each October and is designed to increase the public’s awareness of cybersecurity and cyber-crime issues. To help you protect your personal information, this month we are sharing content from the American Bankers Association’s brochure “7 Tips for Protecting Yourself Online.”
Though the internet has many advantages, it can also make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. According to Symantec, 12 adults become a victim of cybercrime every second. Third Federal recommends the following tips to keep you safe online:
- Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
- Set strong user names and passwords. A strong user name and password combination is key to preventing fraudulent access to your accounts. Avoid using first names or common words as a user name. A strong password is at least ten characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from sources you are not familiar with.
- Keep personal information personal. Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
- Secure your internet connection. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it.
- Shop safely. Before shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.
We also recommend using the passcode lock on your smartphone and other personal devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen.
By following these tips, you can help protect your personal information from getting in the wrong hands. If you suspect your bank account information has been compromised, contact your bank immediately.