Cyber Security Tips and Reminders
How You Can Protect Your Internet Security
While our Internet Banking Service works to protect your banking privacy, you will also play an important role in protecting your accounts. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your Internet Banking account(s) information is protected, including:
- Keep your Passcode to yourself. Create a unique passcode that is not a proper name, address, birth date or otherwise easily guessed.
- Change your passcode frequently. The system will require you to change your passcode every 90 days.
- Remain at your computer until your Internet Banking transactions are completed and log out. Log out of Internet Banking prior to visiting other Internet sites.
- If you notice suspicious or unusual activity on your Internet Banking accounts, please call (850) 219-7200.
Always Use the Most Current WEB Browser available and keep your security patches up to date
ALWAYS install and maintain a commercially available Anti-Virus software that includes screening for malware, trojans, key-loggers and other malicious code. It is YOUR responsibility to protect your computer from the threats on the Internet.
When sending any information online this site automatically switches to a secure mode. This is evident by the "https" that will appear in the url as opposed to "http." If you are using Internet Explorer you will see a locked padlock at the bottom of your screen when you are in a secure mode and an unlocked padlock when you are in an insecure mode.
- Keep your software current by having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system in place. This will help decrease the chance of a virus, malware or any other online threats.
- Set up automatic software updates on all of your devices. (Computers, Smart phones or any other web-enabled device)
- All your password should be long and strong and contain at least 3 of the following: upper-case letter, lower-case letter, number, and symbol. Longer passwords are more secure than shorter ones because there are more characters to guess.
- Do not share your password.
- Choose a strong password that is unique to your life and not something that can be easily guessed.
- Avoid using words that can be found in the dictionary, and consider using paraphrases. (Example: This passwd is 4 my Email)
- Use a different password for each online account.
- Change your password several times a year.
- Protect your password. If you write it down do not leave it out in the open, make sure it's in a secure location.
- Do not share the answers to your security questions.
- Choose strong questions that are unique to your life and not questions that can be easily answered.
- Change your security questions several times a year.
Protect Your Finances
It seems like we hear of another identity theft scam on a daily basis. It is more critical than ever to protect your personal information. Here are some tips:
- Never carry your social security card in your wallet or purse. If your wallet or purse is stolen, the thief has all the information they need to steal your identity.
- A reputable financial institution will not call you to get your social security number and account numbers. They should already have them. If you receive a call asking for your credit card number and full social security number, get the name of the business and offer to call them back. Thieves will pose as representatives of banks or credit card companies.
- If you did not buy a lottery ticket, you did not win. If you receive a letter or call telling you that you won a foreign lottery, throw it away or hang up. They will ask for some type of “identifying” information or your account number to wire the funds into your account. It is a scam and they will be wiring money out of your account.
- Don’t be a victim of “phishing.” Thieves will set up phony Web sites or send e-mails with amazing offers in order to collect your financial information. Know exactly with whom you are doing business. There are thousands of reputable businesses on the Internet, so don’ t be afraid, just be careful. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
A brighter way to bank.