Scammers continue to try to steal money by hacking into computers and smartphones. Help keep the hackers away and protect your information by following a few simple tips.
1. Lock it up
First off, always protect your laptop, cell phone, tablet and smartwatch with a password so that no one else can access your personal data. Even better, use fingerprint or facial recognition if available to you – they are more secure.
2. Strengthen passwords
Be sure to use upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters when creating passwords. It’s best to use more than 8 characters, especially for critical accounts. For even greater security, use a different password for each account.
3. Think before you click
A popular approach by scammers is to send emails that look like they come from your Credit Union, credit card company, or even a place you shop. The email contains a link asking for your information. Their goal: stealing your password! We recently posted an example of an Amazon email phishing scam with additional tips on how to identify fraudulent emails – be sure to check it out.
4. Monitor your credit
Checking your credit report is an excellent way to know if there is something happening with your identity. You should review your report annually through annualcreditreport.com and follow our tips on how to monitor your credit report.
5. Set up alerts
Finally, take advantage of account and fraud protection alerts and identity theft monitoring from 1st United Credit Union so you can have the peace of mind that you are better protected against identity crimes and data theft.
Taking the time now to set up your devices with the proper security will go a long way in protecting your accounts and information. If at any time you believe your information has been compromised, contact us so we can take the steps needed to protect your Credit Union accounts.
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