The internet provides us with convenient access to a world of products, services, entertainment, and information; however, it opens doors for scammers, hackers, and identity thieves to gain unauthorized access to your personal information.
Learn how to protect your information, and your computer and other mobile devices, with these safety tips.
- Don’t choose “Remember My Password” for Online Banking or transactional websites.
- Work on a computer you trust. Firewalls, antivirus, anti-spyware, and other protection keep a computer properly monitored and provide peace of mind.
- Select a strong password. Never use birth dates, first names, pet names, addresses, phone numbers, or Social Security numbers. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Be sure to change your passwords regularly. Don’t write down your passwords and try not to use the same password for every service you use online.
- Use a secure browser. Use secure webpages when you’re conducting transactions online. This secure browser is recognizable because the browser address bar (1) begins with ‘https,’ (2) turns green (in high-security browsers), and (3) a special field appears to the right of the URL with a padlock and the name of the legitimate website owner. If you click on this section, you can view the details of the Certificate. General Electric Credit Union’s Online Banking channel is secured with an Extended Validation SSL Certificate which provides an extra layer of protection.
- Update security software often. When you get notices from software vendors to update your software, do it.
- Sign off, shut down, disconnect. Always logout of your Online Banking session or any other website where you’ve logged into using a username and password.
- Lock your computer when it is not in use. Beware of someone looking over your shoulder. Protect yourself from unauthorized access to your computer and information and be aware of prying eyes.