Online & Mobile Security

The Internet is an essential part of your life. We use the Internet at work, home, for enjoyment, and to connect with those close to us.

However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. Cybersecurity risks can threaten our finances, identity, and privacy when you are least expecting it. Cybersecurity is one of our country’s most important national security priorities. When it comes to online and mobile safety, try to remember three words: Stop. Think. Connect.

STOP:  Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

THINK:  Take a moment to be sure the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider the impact on your safety.

CONNECT:  Enjoy the Internet, knowing you have taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computing device.

It is also important to remember the following tips when online or on a mobile device:

  • Never disclose personal financial information such as your passwords, user IDs, account numbers or PIN numbers. No one from the bank will ever ask for this kind of information.
  • Some phones offer password protection on the home screen, which you may want to consider.
  • Don’t open attachments you are not expecting.
  • Never click on the link provided in an email you believe is fraudulent. It may contain a virus that can contaminate your computer.
  • If you believe the contact is legitimate, go to the company's website by typing in the site address directly or using a page you have previously bookmarked.
  • Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. Anti-virus software needs frequent updates to guard against new viruses. Download the anti-virus updates as soon as you're notified that a download is available. Some anti-virus programs offer an "auto-update" feature, where regular updates are made automatically for you.
  • When you're not online, always disconnect from the Internet.
  • Always back up the files on your computer.
  • Install a personal firewall to help prevent unauthorized access to your home computer, especially if you connect to the Internet via a cable modem or a digital subscriber line (DSL) modem.
  • Maintain current versions of your computer's operating system and Internet browsers.
  • Limit the amount of Personal information you post online.
  • If you fall victim to an attack, act immediately to protect yourself. Place fraud alerts on your credit files. Monitor your account statements closely.