This Year, Let’s Be More Cybersecure
The transition to a new year is synonymous with resolutions. We resolve to eat better, exercise more, and be more charitable. All good things, no doubt. But as the new year dawns, let’s also plan to pay more attention to cybersecurity. It’s an aspect of our lives that flies under the radar but could entail disastrous consequences if ignored.
More than 78% of Americans prefer to bank digitally (via mobile banking or bank website), according to a recent article. Combined with the fact that more than 76% of the US population shop online, hackers and online thieves cannot help but be drawn to the opportunity. They are relentless, so protect yourself with these digital safety tips:
Update Your Passwords
Passwords are oftentimes the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your personal data. Use strong and unique passwords for each online account. Easy and obvious passwords, such as your pet’s name or favorite sports team are easy to crack, letting criminals access your accounts, personal data, and even steal your money. So update your passwords every few months and use a password manager to keep track if you need to.
Install a Security Solution on Devices
Any device that stores information or is connected to the internet can be vulnerable—from laptops, mobile phones, tablets, etc. Protect yourself by installing antivirus security.
Say no to phishing
Fraudsters are creative and they masquerade as trustworthy organizations or businesses, crafting official-looking websites, emails, or text to lure you into accessing malicious links or giving away your personal information. Be cyber-smart and think before you click. Learn how to protect yourself.
While financial institutions continue to defend against cyber-based attacks, a little effort on the part of consumers can go a long way toward protecting sensitive online information. Monitor your online accounts regularly and update your passwords. Be on the lookout for phishing attempts; Arkansas Federal will never ask its members for account numbers or personal log-in information. Members should let us know if someone claiming to represent the credit union asks for such information.
Visit our fraud and identify theft FAQs to learn more about Arkansas Federal’s cybersecurity efforts and more ways to protect yourself from identity theft or online fraud.
Read Digital Banking: Bank How, Where and When You Want
Read How To Open A Checking Account Online With Arkansas Federal Credit Union
Read Online shopping safety tips