Cyber Security Education
Keeping your information safe
Cyber Security is key for everyone regardless of age or computer usage. We want to make sure you are reminding family members how to protect themselves online and for those who may not have as much experience online, we want to caution them. Perfect security is difficult to achieve, but these steps below will make your online experience much more secure.
Create strong passwords
The first step in cybersecurity is to create strong passwords and change them routinely. To create a strong password, follow these guidelines:
- Do not use subsequent numbers or letters.
- Do not use your birthday including the year in your password.
- Always use at least eight characters: letters, numbers, or special characters.
- Use unrelated words.
- Use words or names that are not found in the dictionary
- Use a password manager rather than a document on your computer.
- Do not reuse passwords.
Scam emails and texts
Scammers try to steal account numbers, social security numbers, and passwords every day. These phishing scams often look like communication from a bank or business that you know. If you receive a communication stating that your information has been compromised, that there is a problem with your account, or ask you to confirm personal information, contact that business directly. Do not use the link in the text or email. The Federal Trade Commission provides additional hints on recognizing these scams and how to proceed.
Hesitate before clicking links
Turn on spam filters and throw out any emails that look suspicious. Just because an email appears to be from a family member or friend does not necessarily mean it is. If you believe the email is suspicious, throw it out.
Limit social media posts
Be cautious how much you post on social media. The more you post the easier it will be for someone to use that information to steal your identity, access your data, or stalk you. Adjust your social media privacy settings so that only “friends” can see your posts. Avoid sharing your location. The National Cybersecurity Alliance shares additional useful information to encourage a more cybersecure world.
Firewall software is available to filter traffic and block unauthorized users from your hardware or software. Your operating system may have a built-in firewall, and you can pay for added security through a third party.
Logging out of applications(apps) and websites helps protect your information from others who might pick up your device and use it. This could be someone who physically picks up your device or even a remote hacker. For accounts that you do not like to log into each time (like your social media accounts), it is smart to log out at least routinely.
Hackers have started targeting senior adults now more than ever, so it is important that you are aware of how they enter into your life. Be safe and protect your banking information.
First People’s Bank is your local hometown bank rooted in your community. If you are interested in discussing your cyber safety further, please reach out to us.