Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Understanding the risks and knowing how
fraudsters might trick you is a critical step in protecting
yourself online. You can make your computer safer by installing
and updating regularly your:
are some guidelines to protect yourself and your identity:
Having the latest security software, web
browser and operating system are the best defenses against
viruses, malware and other online threats.
Turn on automatic software updates if
possible, in order to keep all programs up to date and
protected against known risks.
Along with computers, smart phones and
other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses
USBs and other external devices can also
be infected with viruses and malware.
Use security software to scan them.
Shred old documents, receipts and bank
statements instead of placing them in the regular trash.
Make online passwords secure and hard to
capital and lowercase letters with numbers and special
Avoid using birth dates or other easily obtainable
Use separate passwords for each account
and be sure to safeguard them.
Write them down and store them in a safe, secure
location away from your computer.
Be careful before clicking on links in
emails, online posts and advertisements.
If it looks suspicious, it’s best to delete or mark
it as junk mail.
Limit the type of web activity you do when
connected to public Wi-Fi hotspots.
When shopping or banking online, be sure
the website is secure by looking for a web address that
begins with “https://”or “shttp://”, which means security is
Be leery of emails or other forms of
communication that claim they need your immediate action,
that offer something sounding too good to be true, or that
asks for your personal information.
Be sure to back up your valuable
documents, photos and video by making an electronic copy and
storing it in a safe and secure location.
You can also learn more about online safety
and security at these websites:
If you notice suspicious activity on your
account or experience security related issues (such as a
phishing email from someone claiming to be from the bank), you
should contact us immediately at
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