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Top 8 Cyber Security Tips

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June 24, 2020

Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? These days most of us have some form of online interaction on a daily basis. Unfortunately, digital predators are constantly looking for opportunities to take advantage through internet-enabled crimes and cyber intrusions. 

“Customers have to be on high alert continuously. Online security isn’t just about suspicious emails,” said Amber Bass, vice president of business and electronic solutions, First Community Bank. “Criminals are relentless in their quest to find personal information using messages on social media, posts shared with personal information, fraudulent text messages, and phishing calls.”

To help protect you from cyber-attacks, we’ve compiled some tips from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies website.

  • Don’t make passwords easy to guess. Do not include personal information in your password such as your name or pets’ names. This information is often easy to find on social media, making it easier for cybercriminals to hack your accounts.
  • Keep systems and software up to date and use a good anti-virus program. 
  • Be sure to examine the email address and URLs in all of your correspondence. Scammers often mimic a legitimate site or email address by using a slight variation in spelling.
  • Don’t open any attachments unless you are expecting the file, document, or invoice and have verified the sender’s email address.
  • Carefully scrutinize all electronic requests for a payment or transfer of funds.
  • If an unsolicited text message or email asks you to update, check, or verify your account information, do not follow the link provided in the message itself or call the phone numbers provided in the message. Go to the company’s website to log into your account or call the phone number listed on the official website to see if something does in fact need your attention.
  • Be wary of any message that urges immediate action.
  • Confirm requests for wire transfers or payment in person or over the phone as part of a two-factor authentication process. Do not verify these requests using the phone number listed in the request for payment.

Click here for more information on National Cyber Security Awareness Month. 


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