Cyber Security Awareness

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7 Tips for Protecting Yourself Online

Though the internet has many advantages, it can also make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. According to Symantec, 12 adults become a victim of cybercrime every second. The following tips to can help keep you safe online:

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.
  7. 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.

(Source – ABA, American Bankers Association)


A few simple steps you can take to make a difference in your protection:

  • Close old accounts. If you don’t use them, close them.
  • Secure your active accounts. Many websites now offer additional ways for you to access your account easily while making it hard for others to get in. Today, most large internet sites offer multi-factor authentication. If they don’t, you can ask for it.
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  • Protect your information. Avoid sharing too much personal information online (like your full name, address, birthday, etc.). You can check a website’s privacy options to ensure you have enabled them at the highest level since those options may change frequently.
  • If it looks fishy, it’s probably ‘phishy.’ Links in fraudulent emails, website comments, tweets, posts and online advertisements are often how cybercriminals do their dirty work.
  • Secure your mobile device. Don’t make it any easier on thieves to gain unauthorized access to your accounts. Use lock screen authentication for mobile device, whether it’s a passcode, biometric or some other means.
  • Update. Update. Update the software on your devices regularly. While there are sometimes glitches with new updates, many are specifically designed to address vulnerabilities in software that can leave you open to attacks
Source (NIST- http://nist-takingmeasure.blogs.govdelivery.com/small-cybersecurity-steps-take-today/)

Are you aware of Ransomware?
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Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that freezes your computer or mobile device until a sum of money is paid. It can destroy personal and business files, leading to stolen data and large financial losses. To learn more  click the image to view a PDF from the ABA on Ransomware.

(Source – ABA, American Bankers Association)

 

 


How University Bank Protects You

University Bank takes the security of the information that you entrust to us very seriously.

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