Cybersecurity Awareness

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has issued supervisory cybersecurity guidance for banks designed to help make online transactions more secure in response to an ever-dangerous online threat environment. Scams and hacking techniques are more sophisticated, new threats are continually being developed and organized crime groups in both the United States and Internationally have become a major force in expanding online fraud and theft. The security tips and below provides important information to help you understand online transaction risk and options to help you control these risks. It is important that you are informed and aware.

Password Security Tips

  • Do not share your User ID’s or passwords with another person or provide them to others.
  • Many websites force password changes every 60 or 90 days. If a website does not do so, take the initiative to change your password regularly.

Website Security Tips

  • Monitor account activity. View account activity online on a regular basis and review periodic statements.
  • Log off from websites, do not just closeout.
  • Research any website or app before downloading
  • Do not conduct financial transactions through an unsecured WiFi network and disable settings that automatically detect and connect your device to WiFi

Computer/Network Security Tips

  • Use quality security monitoring software on your PC that includes anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall functions.
  • Use your PC’s security features such as individual log-in accounts.
  • Keep PC operating system security up-to-date by applying patches and updates. 
  • Password-protect your computer network (physical or wireless)

Email Security Tips

  • Be wary of suspicious emails. Never open attachments, click on links, or respond to emails from suspicious or unknown senders.
  • If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond or provide any information. 
  • If you think you may have responded to a phishing email with personal or account information, contact the branch nearest you for assistance.
  • Conduct online banking activities on secure computers only. Public workstations and computers (library, internet cafes, copy centers, etc.) should be used with caution, due to shared use and possible tampering.
  • Online banking activities and viewing or downloading documents (statements, etc.) should only be conducted on a computer you know to be safe and secure.
  • Ensure your computer software is current. Before downloading an update to your computer program, go to the company’s website to confirm the update is legitimate.

Consumer and Business Security Awareness News

Read the latest news regarding Cybercrime and You

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The Personal Impact of Cybercrime

The Threat in Your Pocket

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A Cybersecurity Guide for Businesses

This guide, developed by the FDIC, provides cybersecurity iformation for financial institutions’ business customers on how to safeguard computer systems and data.

Avoiding Social Security Scams

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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Disclaimer: Do not share confidential, privileged, or sensitive information via unencrypted email. As with any information submitted over the internet, there is a risk that the information could be intercepted, viewed, or retrieved by a third party. For your protection, please do not include personal information, such as Social Security numbers or account numbers, in email messages.

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