Tips for Protecting Yourself Online
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan
Offers Tips for Protecting Yourself Online
The internet is a powerful resource that many Americans have
come to depend on for everyday activities like shopping, banking, and
connecting with friends. Yet, for all the internet’s advantages, it can also
make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. According to a
Norton Cybercrime Report, 556 million adults worldwide were victims of
cybercrime in 2012.
As cybercrime becomes more prevalent, it is important for
users to take steps to protect themselves online. Safeguarding your
personal information and money is a partnership between you and your bank. The
bank work diligently to protect your information and so should you.
In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Wallkill
Valley Federal Savings & loan offers the following tips to help consumers stay
safe and secure online:
- Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software,
web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses,
malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the
newest fixes as they become available.
- Set strong passwords. A strong password is at least eight
characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters,
numbers, and special characters.
- Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent
emails 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 sources you are not familiar with.
Forward phishing emails to the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) at email@example.com – and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated
in the email.
- Keep personal information personal. Hackers can use social
media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions
in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting
things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from
people you do not know.
- Secure your internet connection. Always protect your home
wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be
cautious about what information you are sending over it.
- Shop safely. Before shopping online, make sure the website
uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the
web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol
appears on the page.
- Read the site’s privacy policies. Though long and complex,
privacy policies tell you how the site protects the personal information it
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