Welcome to the Security Center
Staying secure and keeping your information safe while online is critical. This section is designed to provide you with valuable information to help keep you safe. The following is a list of Security Tips & FAQs that we will continue to add to in order to provide an ongoing resource for your online security.
- Strong Passwords should be: 8 characters in length, use the entire keyboard, do not repeat characters, include a special character, change frequently (every 90 days is a good rule) and not be based on any word in any dictionary.
- We will never contact you asking for User ID, Password, Secret Word, Account Numbers, or Credit/Debit numbers. If you are contacted by someone asking for these things please report it to the bank.
- It is highly recommended to utilize Antivirus Software as well as a Firewall in order to protect against and scan for malware on your computer.
- Keep Operating Systems, Browsers, and other Software updated as many updates are designed to enhance security features.
- Check your Credit Report and make sure it looks valid. If you have children it may be a good idea to check theirs too. You are allowed to check once per year free. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com and review your credit report regularly to ensure no one has opened a credit card in your name.
- Limit personal information online. Anything posted online should be treated as susceptible to theft. If you don’t want others to know it, don’t post it.
- Check online accounts frequently and make sure they have not been compromised. If you no longer use an online account, such as an old email address, consider deleting it to minimize your information online.
- Read Privacy Policies whenever possible and make sure you understand what you are accepting or consenting to before you accept it.
- Be careful when using Public Wi-Fi. As convenient as it can be there are many security vulnerabilities with sharing the same Wi-Fi as others. If you choose to use Public Wi-Fi be careful of the information you transmit, use a Firewall, and make sure you are using secure websites.
- If you lose your device, disable it immediately if possible. For example, Apple devices have a “Find My iPhone” application which can be set up to remote lock and wipe your device in the event of it being lost or stolen.
- If you receive an email with a link or attachment you were not expecting, do not click it. Try to contact the sender if it is someone you know and ask if they intended to send you a link or attachment. A fraudulent link or attachment upon being clicked can install malicious programs in the background of your computer without you knowing.
- Phishing/Vishing Scams: If you recieve a call or text talking about compromised accounts, deactivated accounts, or asking for any information regarding your account please do not provide any information and contact us immediately. [If you accidentally disclose personal information in one of these scams you can report the fraud alert on your identity to one of the three national credit-reporting organizations and the FTC to prevent fraud of opening accounts with your information. The reporting organizations are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.]