Computer & Online Banking Security Tips

Security software

Make certain you have security software installed on your computer and that it updates automatically. Should your operating system, web browser, or security software become out-of-date, thieves have an opportunity to sneak programs called malware onto your computer which enables them to access your information.

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Personal information

Give personal information out only over encrypted websites.

  • If you are shopping online, you can determine if the website is encrypted by confirming that the letters https, rather than simply http, appear at the beginning of the web address. The “s” stands for “security”.
  • Remember that only the last four digits of your credit card or bank account number will appear on any email confirmation.
  • Never give out personal information to an internet site or through an email or text message. Scammers will do anything to access your personal information.

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Protect your passwords

Give personal information out only over encrypted websites.

  • Today many of us have multiple passwords to remember. Try saving your passwords to a password protected document. Save a printed copy of the document in a safe place.
  • Never share a password or pin via email or text.
  • Do not use the same password for different accounts.
  • Mix letters, numbers, and symbols of at least 10 characters for a stronger password.
  • Never use your Social Security number as a password.
  • Change your password often.
  • Adopt an easy-to-remember password that can be used on websites that do not store your personal information.
Stay Alert

Be on guard against identity theft and fraud with alerts. Alerts are a customizable and convenient way for you to stay on top of your account activity.

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