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Online Security Updates

Below are links to the latest updates we routinely send our Online Banking customers about a variety of online security topics.

5 Steps You Can Take to Help Protect Your Accounts

Although financial institutions go to great lengths to ensure your accounts are safe and secure, your personal caution is also critical both online and off. We recommend the following steps to help protect your accounts:

  1. Enroll in Online Banking and Online Statements. Having paper statements sent in the mail invites the possibility of them being stolen right out of your mailbox, off a desk, or out of the trash. If you do get paper statements, know when they should arrive and contact your financial institution if you don’t receive them as expected. Be sure to shred your statements before discarding them.
  2. Check your accounts regularly. Keeping an eye on your accounts will help you know when something is wrong. It is important to monitor transactions to ensure purchases and withdrawals listed are ones you authorized. If a transaction on your account was not authorized by you, contact your financial institution immediately.
  3. Set up account alerts. Even if you are vigilant about monitoring your accounts, it’s a good idea to go through your financial institution and set up text and email alerts through online banking to notify you about specific account activity. For example, you may want to set up an alert for anytime more than $200 is spent from your account. This can help alert you to unauthorized activity as soon as possible.
  4. Make sure your contact information is updated. Make sure your financial institution has your correct phone number and email address in case they need to contact you about suspicious activity.
  5. Memorize your password and PIN numbers. If you must write down your password and PIN numbers, keep them in a secure place. Never keep that information in your wallet or purse.

By following these simple steps you can help protect your accounts from being compromised by thieves. If your accounts do become compromised, you can help minimize the impact by spotting suspicious activity and notifying your financial institution as a soon as possible.

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