Here are 5 tips you should know to keep your personal information safe this month and all year-round.
Use Strong Passwords
Yes, they can be hard to memorize, but utilizing strong passwords is key to keeping your information and accounts secure. When creating your passwords keep these features in mind:
- Have it be at least eight characters long
- Contain a mix of lower and upper case letters, symbols, and numbers
- Do not include any personal name or information (e.g., birth date)
- Make it memorable but not common
As an added tip, be sure to change your passwords at least every 90 days and never reuse the same password twice!
Avoid Using Public Wi-Fi Networks
Working from a coffee shop or bookstore can help boost your productivity, but take caution and never access your personal information such as bank accounts from these public places. These open networks are susceptible to attacks and data breaches. If this happens, it could leave you and your information at risk.
Be Aware of Scams
Scammers are everywhere – and they’re getting more clever. Remember, if you receive suspicious phone calls, emails, or text messages, never click on any links provided or give out your personal information such as account or social security numbers. First Coast CCU will never call you and ask for this information. If you believe you could be a victim of fraud, please contact us immediately.
Review Your Online Accounts and Credit Reports Frequently
Some forms of fraud can go undetected. Make sure you are monitoring your online accounts and credit reports frequently. Fraudsters who have your social security number and other sensitive information have the potential to open credit cards, take out loans, and more in your name. Utilize credit freezes to protect your credit information from cybercriminals.
Invest in an Identity Protection Program.
An easy way to protect your information from criminals is to enroll in an identity protection program. For one low monthly or annual fee, you can rest easy knowing you’re protected in the event of identity theft. As a member of First Coast CCU, you already have access to IDSafeChoice. Click here to enroll or learn more.