General Security Awareness - Stay protected Online

  1. Change Passwords regularly / never give out passwords / Don’t reuse passwords
  2. CU never will ask for your password or ask you to click on a link to validate your account
  3. Patch your software / AV
  4. Avoid public WiFi
  5. Limit Sharing of information
  6. Never leave car doors unlocked or computer in plain sight
  7. Be aware of surroundings
  8. Use social media wisely: Social media is a fun way to interact with friends and family online, but it also provides criminals with convenient access to a lot of your personal information. Review your privacy/security settings so that you have more control over the type of information shared publicly on social media sites.
  9. Safeguard your electronic devices against unauthorized access: Personal computers, tablets and smartphones frequently contain sensitive information, including website login credentials or bank account numbers. It’s important to keep these devices secure. Avoid using common passwords such as your name, family members’ names and birthdates. Also, use only secure networks, watch who uses your electronic device(s) and make sure your computer has adequate and updated anti-virus protection.
  10. Review your financial statements: When dealing with potential fraud, it’s important to catch suspicious transactions as quickly as possible. You should establish the habit of regularly reviewing financial statements - it will pay dividends. We recommend that you monitor your credit card statements, bank statements and other financial statements periodically to ensure all charges are authorized. Report any suspicious activity to your financial institution immediately to avoid financial loss and the inconvenience that often accompanies fraud.
  11. Secure important documents: A blank check is an identity thief’s passport to your bank account. Take precautions to ensure your checkbook and any documents that might include your credit card or social security numbers are locked in a safe or stored securely. Shred these documents rather than discarding them in the trash to ensure “dumpster divers” do not make fool’s gold with your personal or financial information.