Maintaining Financial Health With Good Cybersecurity Habits
2017 is your year to achieve the financial goals you’ve been striving to meet. One way to help ensure you achieve these goals is to maintain good financial health through good cybersecurity habits. Taking these preventative measures to help keep your online and mobile usage safe and secure will lead to a more secure online and mobile banking experience.
- Keep your computers and mobile devices up-to-date. Ensure you have the latest security software, web browser and operating system, which is a great defense 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.
- Be aware of and look 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.
- Do not divulge or share personal information on social media. 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 with 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.
The information voiced in this material is for general information and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.