Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Cyber Security is a growing topic concerning everyone who uses the internet. While computers and the internet are huge benefits, they also offer cyber criminals opportunities to steal personal information.
To help protect our community and keep online practices safe and secure, Tremont Credit Union is a proud supporter of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). To learn more about NCSAM, visit this page.
TCU offers various resources on Online safety, security, and privacy. See more tips on how you can stay safe online by visiting our Privacy and Security page.
Here are some steps that you can take in your daily life to ensure your personal Online Privacy:
Disclosures: Carefully read disclosures, terms & conditions, and privacy statements before accepting online programs. There could be hidden malware or a virus bundled with it.
Online Accounts: Go through your online accounts (such as email, social networks, shopping websites, etc.) and assess if you need them all. Is there information in those accounts that isn’t needed anymore, such as credit cards saved in your shopping accounts? Ensure that you’re using unique passwords for your accounts to maintain security. Don’t stay signed into accounts, especially from public desktops/devices. Be sure to log off once you’re complete.
Email Accounts: Limit what’s available through your email account. Delete and clear out your inbox and trash folders on a regular basis. Unsubscribe to recurring emails that no longer interest you. Be careful when opening emails from unknown senders, especially when clicking links and opening attachments. They could be “phishing” for your personal information, and the simple click of a link could subject your device to a cyber-attack.
Signs of a phishing email:
- Request for you to make contact through a provided link
- Spelling/grammar mistakes
- Generic message
- Unsolicited attachments
Never email financial information or personal information such as your Social Security Number. Be aware that most legitimate companies will not request personal information via email. If they do, call the organization through a verified contact website or phone number that you trust to verify the message. Do not trust the contact information provided in the suspicious email.
Security Software: Make sure you have the most up-to date, active security software including firewall protection, anti-virus/anti-malware programs. Be sure to update this software on a regular basis.
Passwords: Create strong passwords that are at least 10-12 characters that include special characters, digits, and both uppercase and lowercase letters. Try to change them frequently, and don’t make them predictable.
Social Media: Review your security settings, friends and connections, and posts to make sure you’re still comfortable with them. Do you security setting ensure that only the authorized individuals can view what you post?
Web Browser Settings: This is an aspect of online security that is often overlooked. Many browsers can store your passwords or autofill setting, but this isn’t a secure place to store such sensitive information. So, make sure you delete any sensitive information from your browser.
Disposing of Electronic Devices: Before disposing of an electronic device such as a mobile phone or computer, be sure to delete all personal information from the device prior to disposing.
For more tips on staying cyber-secure, visit: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/online-security