Scams are big business and ever-changing in today’s world. First National Bank North has uncovered the latest news in fraud and offers helpful tips to protect yourself and your finances.
Security Tips for Online Banking, Mobile, and Bill Pay
The internet is full of great resources to make life more convenient, but just like in the physical world, it’s important to be careful with your valuables online — and keep in mind that in the digital world, information is the most valuable thing of all.
Scammers, hackers, and other criminals are skilled at stealing sensitive data from unsuspected victims, such as their passwords, Social Security numbers, and financial account numbers. That’s why it’s important to learn how to secure your devices, network, and information.
Secure your accounts and devices with strong passwords. Use a minimum of 12 characters and avoid words that are common or easily guessed.
Do not use the same password for multiple accounts.
Choose security questions that cannot be easily guessed or obtained from publicly available information.
Be extra careful with accounts that contain personal information, such as social media, email, and bank account numbers.
Set up payment apps to require a passcode, PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint before making a payment.
Do not send account numbers, passwords, or other personal information by email or text message.
Treat your passwords and security questions the same way you would treat your wallet, cash, or credit cards — keep them protected and do not save them to your device.
Do not use public Wi-Fi for online purchases or financial transactions.
Report suspected identity theft right away at www.IdentityTheft.gov.
Do you feel you are a victim of an Internet Crime, you can file a claim here https://www.ic3.gov/