“Every three seconds, an identity is stolen.” – Norton from Symantec Corporation
Cybercrime, like the example above, is a crime committed via the Internet or another computer network. Other forms include credit card account theft, and telemarketing and Internet fraud. This brand of illegal activity also goes by another name you may be more familiar with: hacking. No matter what you call it, this type of security breach can be very serious. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so we’d like to take this opportunity to share some tips on how you can protect yourself from being a victim.
This information is not meant to scare you, but help you take the proper precautions. While it is crucial to protect yourself online at all times, NVE Bank customers can rest assured that they are protected when banking with us online. Security is one of our top priorities when it comes to our customers’ financial and personal information. Our online security measures include the latest industry-accepted standards and practices. You can read more by visiting our online security page.
Here are some tips to help keep your identity, your information, and your money safe wherever you are, whatever you’re doing:
Keep personal information to yourself.
Use a combination of letters and numbers for your passwords, change them periodically, and do not share them with anyone.
Invest in a shredder.
Shred receipts, bank statements and unused credit card offers before throwing them away.
Keep an eye out for missing mail.
Fraudsters look for monthly bank or credit card statements, as well as other mail containing your financial information. Consider enrolling in online banking to reduce the likelihood of paper statements being stolen. Also, if you have a mailbox flag, don’t put it up when mailing bills, or mail your bills from elsewhere.
Use online banking to protect yourself.
In addition to reducing the likelihood of paper statement theft, online banking also allows you to monitor your financial accounts regularly for fraudulent transactions. Sign up for text or e-mail alerts from your bank for certain types of transactions, such as online purchases or transactions of more than $500.
Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.
Better safe than sorry. If nothing is amiss, all you’ve invested is a phone call and a little bit of time.
The Internet has many advantages, but it can also make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. Remember, it is always best to err on the side of caution! You can find more tips, studies, and other information on Staysafeonline.org—powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance—to protect yourself and keep the web a safer place for everyone.
To learn about products and services offered by NVE Bank, visit our website. You can also visit your convenient neighborhood branch, or call us at 1-866-NVE BANK (683-2265).