Nothing matters more to us at Security State Bank than the security of our customers banking and personal information (we take it so seriously that we stuck “security” in our name!). That’s why we took swift action last month when reports about a breach Target’s security – a breach that allowed debit and credit card numbers to be stolen – came to light.
Because of this event, we wanted to go over some basic security items that you can employ to help keep your personal and financial information safe this year.
- Never carry your Social Security card or passport around with you unless it’s absolutely necessary.
- Memorize account numbers or pins, or keep them in a password-protected or locked file drawer.
- Shred any mail that comes to you with personal information on it before recycling it.
- Never give out personal information or account numbers over the phone to someone claiming to be from Security State Bank; come by our locations to verify we need this information.
- Check your credit reports at least once a year (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian)
- Change the passwords to your email, social network profiles and online banking profile regularly.
- Log out of any profile (social network, online shopping, online banking) when you’re done.
- Before entering any information into the forms when online shopping, check to see that the web address starts with “https” and that there is a padlock in the address bar or in the lower left hand corner to signify a secure website.
- Delete strange emails as they are most likely phishing scams. DO NOT click on links or attachments in these emails.
There are many other great resources available to help you prevent identity theft or falling victim to a phishing scheme. We hope these tips help you keep your information safe for a great start to 2014. Come by Security State Bank and see us soon!