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Here are a few tips to remember in today’s digital world.
- Never share personal information—including financial accounts—with anyone. Your credit union will not call you and ask you to disclose or verify this information. Neither will a government agency, the IRS, or the police.
- Only answer phone calls from numbers you recognize. If you are uncertain about the questions being asked, hang up and call your credit union or the organization using a phone number found through a trusted source, such as the company’s official website or a financial statement.
- Never open attachments or click on links from unknown individuals or companies as it could enable malicious software.
- Use strong passwords, change them often, and do not include personal information. Avoid recycling passwords.
- Utilize two-factor authentication for your financial accounts. This adds another layer of protection.
- Always update the security on your electronic and mobile devices.
- Never allow an outside source access to your computer, if you are told you have a virus. Run your own anti-virus scan and always refer to a trusted source for things such as this.
- Be aware of fraudsters contacting you indicating that your financial institution is being investigated and that if you do not help them or if you contact anyone, you could possibly be charged with a crime. Fraudsters will try to create fear and urgency to get you to do what they want, don’t fall for this.
Be smart, be aware, and more importantly, be safe as we navigate this digital world together.
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