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Brute Force Attacks

8/23/2022

Brute Force Attacks

A brute force attack occurs when fraudsters use trial and error to gain your card information after infiltrating a merchant's payment system. The goal is to perform fraudulent card not present transactions by combining the correct card number, expiration date, and verification number.

 

Protect yourself from Brute Force Attacks with these tips:

  • Create strong passwords and update them regularly. We've compiled 4 Tips for Creating Strong Passwords to help you avoid choosing simple passwords that can be easily guessed by hackers.
  • Enable and use Multi-Factor Authentication on your accounts which adds another layer of protection. Multi-Factor Authentication requires both your password and a special time-sensitive code sent to your cellphone or email prior to logging in. This extra step may help prevent scammers from accessing your online accounts. 
  • Make sure you keep your smartphone and other electronic devices up to date with the latest software and security updates.
  • Do not click on any suspicious links sent from unknown sources because they may be a phishing scam. For more information, check out our blog Don't Fall Victim to Phishing Scams.

 

We’re Here for You!

If you do become a victim of a brute force attack, notify Connected Credit Union immediately. Call the Augusta Branch at (207) 623-3857 or the Winslow Branch at (207) 872-2636 during business hours. Monitor your accounts for any unauthorized activity and ask us to provide heightened scrutiny of your accounts.

 

Disclaimer: Any reference made in this blog to a specific product, process, or service does not constitute or imply an endorsement by Connected Credit Union of the product, process, or service, or its producer or provider.



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