As Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues, so do our tips on how to protect yourself from being a victim. If you missed our last blog, cybercrime—or hacking—is a crime committed via the Internet or another computer network. Protect your identity, your information, and your money by following these tips.
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.
We reviewed “Basic Housekeeping” tips in the last blog, so now we’re going to provide you with information on ways you can safeguard your computer and mobile devices to protect yourself against cybercrime.
Staying Safe Online
Prevent catching a virus.
Keep your virus protection software up to date; turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
Beware of rotten phish.
Phishing scams use fraudulent e-mails 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 unfamiliar sources. *Forward phishing e-mails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at firstname.lastname@example.org and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the email.
Hackers can use social media profiles to decipher your passwords and answer security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
Protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you send out. When conducting business or making any purchases online, make sure your browser’s padlock or key icon is active. Also look for an “s” after the “http” to be sure the website is secure.
Read website privacy policies.
Safeguard Your Mobile Device
Mobile devices have this feature to prevent anyone from accessing your information if it’s lost or stolen. Before you get rid of any mobile devices, use special software or your manufacturer’s recommended technique to wipe it. Some software allows you to do so remotely if it is lost or stolen.
When you finish a mobile banking session, make sure you log out completely.
“Immunize” your phone.
Mobile devices are like mini-computers, so install mobile security software to protect them from viruses and malware.
Apps can contain malware, worms, and viruses. Beware of apps that ask for unnecessary “permissions” when you download them.
Avoid storing sensitive information.
Passwords or a social security number should never be saved on your mobile device.
Tell your financial institution immediately if you change your phone number or lose your mobile device.
Be aware of shoulder surfers.
The most basic form of information theft is observation. Be aware of your surroundings, especially when you’re punching in sensitive information.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—it’s always better to be safe than sorry! For more tips, studies, and other information go to Staysafeonline.org—powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance—to help you protect yourself and keep the web a safer place for everyone.