Ensure your computer security programs are running and regularly updated against the latest threats.
Have antivirus software installed to prevent malware that can potentially steal information such as your passwords and account numbers. Make sure to have your computer’s firewall up and running to help prevent unauthorized access to your devices.
Always be aware of your surroundings when you use the internet to connect to your bank account.
It can be risky when you use public Wi-Fi hotspots and computers outside your home, especially if the place you are in does not have an up-to-date security software or system in place.
Stay up-to-date and informed on the latest standard Internet safety features and practices.
Things such as https:// displayed at the start of a web address (i.e. https://www.website.com) means that the website encrypts data between your computer and the website itself to help protect sensitive information. A padlock symbol shown before a https:// symbolizes the page is secure.
Do not open suspicious emails, open attachments, or click on links in emails you do not recognize.
Everyday, cybercriminals are getting more clever when disguising malware in emails. Many of the dangerous emails they send today appear to be legitimate at first glance but there are signs to you can look for to spot a fake. Always verify the email address to the letter, number or symbol as one you recognize and know is from a safe source. Even a single added number or letter to an email you may recognize will give away that the email is not legitimate. Never respond to emails asking for passwords, social security numbers, or bank account numbers. If you can and know how mark any suspicious emails as a phishing scam.