While we do our best to keep your information safe, here are some things you can do to keep your information from getting into the wrong hands.
Keep a Clean Machine
- Keep security software current: The latest versions will have the best defenses against online threats.
- Automate software updates: Many software programs will update to defend against new known risks.
- Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Not just computers; smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices need protection.
Protect Your Personal Information
- Make passwords long and strong: Include capital and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
- Unique account; unique password: Separate passwords will help thwart cybercriminals.
- Own your online presence: Set high security settings online. It’s OK to limit how you share your information.
Connect with Care
- When in doubt, throw it out: If a link you received looks suspicious, delete it. Don’t open it.
- Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust your security settings.
Be Web Wise
- Stay current with new ways to stay safe online: Check trusted websites for the latest information.
- Think before you act: Be wary of communications that insist you act immediately or ask for personal information.
- Back it up: Protect your work, music, photos and other digital information. Make a copy and store it safely.
Be a Good Online Citizen
- Safer for you – More secure for all: Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
- Help authorities fight cyber crime: Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov and to your local law enforcement.
The FDIC has also published security measures that you can take to avoid identity theft online:
You can also test your cybersecurity knowledge!
Following these simple steps will go a long way in protecting your information and your identity.