The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has produced a multimedia presentation to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft. To view the video, click the following link: Don't Be an On-line Victim: How to Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams.
To make sure your computer is as secure as possible before transmitting any sensitive information, the following steps will help you maintain the security of your transactions.
- Use up-to-date firewalls, anti-spy ware and anti-virus software to protect your home computer.
- Microsoft releases security patches for the Windows operating system and for Internet Explorer. You should keep the patches on your computer current.
- Always log out of our Internet Banking site by clicking the "Logout" link.
- Do not store your Internet Banking passwords electronically through a web browser.
- Create a password that is hard to guess and change it often.
- Do not install free computer software without knowing what it is and where it came from. Doing so can install spy ware and other unwanted programs onto your computer.
- When shopping online, do not enter personal information unless the web pages are secure. If the web address begins https:// and has other protection measures, then your information is encrypted and scrambled to prevent hackers from infiltrating.
- Do not use public computers to transmit any personal information.
- Do not divulge personal information in a chat room.