Email & Online Security Tips

email & online security tips
  • Keep your computer software up to date, including your web browser. Take advantage of automatic updates if available to ensure any vulnerability is resolved as quickly as possible. Utilize built in security features such as pop-up blocker and anti-phishing protection when possible.
  • Utilize comprehensive and trusted virus/spyware software. Make sure to apply your virus software updates regularly (weekly is recommended). Utilize a properly configured firewall (software or hardware) on your computer. For additional information on best practices for configuring your hardware review your product documentation.
  • Make sure any online merchant website is using strong encryption. Look for; https:\\ in the address box, a lock symbol, and valid certificates to indicate your personal information is being protected. Avoid doing business with unfamiliar online merchants. Once your transaction has been completed, make sure you logoff before you close your browser window.
  • Use strong passwords (letters, numbers and special characters of at least 7 characters in length) and keep them safe. Avoid using common words or “easily guessed” personal information, such as pet or child names. Do not share your password/PIN with anyone or write it down (especially not on your ATM/Debit or Credit Card) instead try to memorize them.
  • Change your passwords regularly.
  • Don't reply to an email, text, or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, and do not click on links in the message. If you want to go to a bank or business's website, type the web address into your browser yourself.
  • Don't respond if you get a message – by email, text, pop-up or phone – that asks you to call a phone number to update your account or give your personal information to access a refund. If you need to reach an organization with which you do business, call the number on your financial statement, or use a telephone directory.
  • Avoid downloading files from unknown sources.
  • Avoid using public computers for any personal transactions including online banking and purchases. 
  • Stay knowledgeable! Knowing what the latest scams are and how to recognize them will help minimize your chance of being a victim.
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