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Cybersecurity Safety Tips

November 10, 2017

Cybersecurity Safety Tips

Did you know over 1.5 million people fall victim to cybercrime each day? Unfortunately hackers are always working on new ways to steal your personal information, but be assured Greater State Bank works diligently to ensure your information remains protected. To help keep your information safe, here are a few tips you can follow:

  • Don’t ever give out your user name and password via email.
  • Be vigilant when clicking online links. Most of those links are fraudulent and could result in malicious software or computer viruses.
  • Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
  • Set strong passwords. A strong password is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from sources you are not familiar with.
    • Forward phishing emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at spam@uce.gov – and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the email.
  • Keep personal information personal. Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. . When posting pictures make sure none of your personal information is anywhere in the background, such as your checkbook or mail containing personal information. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
  • Secure your internet connection. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it.
  • Shop safely. Before shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https.
  • Read the site’s privacy policies. Though long and complex, privacy policies tell you how the site protects the personal information it collects. If you don’t see or understand a site’s privacy policy, consider doing business elsewhere.
  • And lastly, Greater State Bank will never call, mail or email asking for any piece of private information.

By following these tips you can reduce your chances of becoming one of the millions of victims who fall prey to hackers each year.

Thank you for choosing Greater State Bank, where you can experience the Genuine Hometown Banking you deserve.

Questions? Please contact us at (800) 217-8928 or security@greaterstatebank.com for more information.

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