With more and more of our lives moving online, it is important to be mindful of the security measures you should take to protect yourself. Credit union members are especially vulnerable to online scams and frauds because of the sensitive financial data they provide.
Here are 4 tips on how credit union members can keep their personal information safe and sound from hackers.
Use Strong Passwords
Make sure that your passwords are complex and difficult to guess. Avoid using easy-to-access information about yourself as a password, such as your birthday or your hometown. These can easily be hacked. We also recommend that you avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. This is a great guide to follow if you’re looking for a bit more guidance with creating stronger passwords.
Utilize Multi-Factor Authentication
Most major websites now offer multi-factor authentication which adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring a second form of authentication (usually a code sent via text) in addition to your username and password combination. This helps prevent unauthorized access even if someone were to somehow obtain your credentials.
Be Aware of Phishing Scams
Phishing scams are malicious emails or website links that attempt to trick you into providing sensitive information such as credit card numbers or account passwords by posing as legitimate companies such as banks or credit unions. It is important not to click on any suspicious links or provide any personal information through email unless it is absolutely necessary and you are certain the request is legitimate.
Use Security Software and Antivirus Software
Installing anti-virus software on all your devices will help protect them from malware and other malicious software that could potentially steal your financial information and compromise your accounts. Additionally, using a secure web browser such as Google Chrome can also help protect you from phishing attempts by warning you when attempting to visit malicious websites or download dangerous files from the internet.
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Keeping yourself safe online takes effort and vigilance, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind knowing that you have taken proactive steps in protecting yourself from cyber criminals who may attempt to access your personal and financial information on your online accounts. At RMLEFCU, we take the cybersecurity of our members seriously. That’s why we offer security measures on our RMLEFCU app, such as biometrics and facial recognition, to safeguard your private information and protect your finances.
If you have questions as to how to protect your information on the internet, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (303) 458-6660.