Fraud isn’t fun. No one likes and everyone wants to avoid it. Unfortunately, it isn’t going away.
 
We’ve created Security Central to give you a resource to learn more about fraud so you’ll know how to identify it when you see it, what to do to prevent it and action to take if fraud is committed on your accounts.
 
The types of fraud that are most popular these days are:
  • Smishing – An attempt to obtain personal and financial information by posing as a legitimate financial institution via text message.
  • Phishing – An attempt to obtain personal and financial information through electronic communication by posing as a legitimate financial institution.
  • Vishing – Unsolicited calls or automated voice messages requesting a return call to provide personal and financial information.
For more detailed information on fraud and how it takes place, start with our smishing page or click on the links at the bottom of this page.

 
Tip of the Month 
 
Welcome to 2015! 
 
As technology gains a more important role in our lives, it also grows in complexity. Given how quickly technology changes, keeping up with security advice can be confusing. It seems like there's always new guidance on what you should or shouldn’t be doing.
 
Even though the details of how to stay secure frequently change, there are some fundamental things you can do to help protect yourself. Last month we talked about the second of five steps, which was updating your computer and devices to the latest versions of their software programs. This month we'll cover the third step you can take.
 
Step 3: Passwords. The next step toward protecting yourself is to use a strong, unique password for each of your devices, online accounts and applications. A strong password is one that can't be easily guessed by hackers or their automated programs. Instead of a single word, use a long passphrase containing multiple words, symbols and numbers. By making each password unique, you'll better protect yourself if one of them is compromised. True, it's hard to remember all those different passwords - but try using a password manager, which is an secure application for your devices and computer that stores all of your passwords in an encrypted format. (An example is Norton's "Vault" that's included in its antivirus software.) And one last tip...if your online accounts support two-step verification, take advantage of it. It's one of strongest ways to protect your account. 
 
Check back next month for Step 4!


 
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