Tips and tricks to help protect yourself and your family from online fraud scams and theft.
NEVER CLICK ON A LINK FROM A BUSINESS REQUESTING PERSONAL INFORMATION.
No reputable business will ever e-mail you requesting that you update your personal information, including account numbers, social security numbers, usernames, or passwords. If they need you to divulge any personal information, it will typically be in person or if you are making a purchase.
CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS OFTEN.
Changing your passwords periodically is a habit that we strongly encourage. This helps to ensure password integrity and reduces the risk of account breach. We also recommend that all passwords are at least 8 characters in length, and include one upper case letter, one lower case letter, one number, and one special character. Having this diversity makes your password harder for fraudsters to crack.
DON'T USE THE SAME USER ID AND PASSWORD FOR MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS.
Using the same username and password for multiple accounts allows hackers to breach one account and have access to all others. We recommend having different usernames and passwords for every account. Never store your password information where others could find or gain access to it and do not disclose your credentials to anyone.
USE UPDATED ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE.
Anti-virus software is your first line of defense against viruses. There are many anti-virus software brands on the market today, but only those that come from reputable companies should be purchased or used. Do your research first! The more education you have about the available anti-virus software, the better the decision you can make.
UPDATE YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM WITH THE LATEST SECURITY PATCHES.
Many PCs grant you the option to adjust your settings allowing for automatic updates. If your PC is not set to automatically update, we recommend that you check for updates often and install the latest patches. These patches are released to correct problems and vulnerabilities within the current system.