With an ever increasing number of mobile devices, social networking sites, and online consumer sites, it’s more important than ever before to protect yourself and your computer. Here’s a quick list of online security tips to help ensure you’re doing all you can to safeguard your personal information.
- Always use passwords that are 8 or more characters, and are a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. DO NOT use the same password across multiple sites you visit.
- Avoid using passwords that contain birthdays, family names, pet names, or your member number.
- Never use any part of your Social Security number as your PIN, user ID, password, or your member number.
- Regularly change passwords, as often as every 30 to 60 days.
- Never share your user ID or password information with anyone.
- Don’t store passwords on your computer.
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- Don’t open emails from senders you don’t know or don’t trust. And never respond to an urgent email asking for account information or other personal details.
- Don’t follow questionable links on social media sites or email. Even if they seemingly come from friends or family. If the link is suspicious, don’t click it.
- Don’t open attachments or download free software from unknown sources.
- Do not leave your computer unattended when logged in to an online banking session.
- Do not surf the web or open new browser windows when logged in to an online banking session.
- It's good practice to monitor your account regularly, as often as daily, to quickly report unauthorized activity.
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