Safeguards for You
- FTC – Take Charge – Fighting Back Against Identity Theft - Click Here
- FTC – Deter, Detect, and Defend – Avoid ID Theft - Click Here
- FTC – AnnualCreditReport.com is Only Authorized Source - Click Here
- AnnualCreditReport.com - Click Here
Protecting Your Checks, Debit Cards, and Credit Cards
- Closely monitor your accounts using Online Banking and immediately review your bank statements for unauthorized transactions.
- Do not write your PIN on your card or leave your purse/wallet unattended.
- Report the loss or theft of your checks or cards to the creditors or bank immediately.
- Do not share your PIN with anyone.
- Destroy or shred any non-public or sensitive information, old checks, old cards, statements, etc.
- Report any unauthorized transactions on your accounts to FirstBank immediately.
- FTC – Privacy: Tips for Protecting Your Personal Information - Click Here
- National Cyber Security Alliance – Protect Yourself Online - Click Here
- FDIC – Tips for Safe Banking Over the Internet - Click Here
- Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) – Internet Crime Prevention Tips - Click Here
- FDIC – Safe Shopping – Click Here
- ABA – ATM Safety Tips – Click Here
- A Bank Customer’s Guide to Cybersecurity – Click Here
- Avoid getting on call lists.
- Screen your calls.
- Have a plan for speaking to telemarketers.
- Know that your phone number may be collected.
- Don’t give your financial information to callers you don’t know.
- Don’t be pressured into making an immediate decision.
- Get all information in writing before you agree to a purchase.
- BBB – Data Security Made Easier - Click Here
- BBB – Security and Privacy Made Simpler - Click Here
- FCC – Small Business Cyber Planner – Click Here
- FEMA – Emergency Management / Disaster Preparedness for Business - Click Here
Usernames, Passwords and PINs:
- When creating passwords and PINs (Personal Identification Numbers), avoid using information that is easily guessed.
- On many sites, you may also be able to strengthen your security by choosing a username that is unique and difficult to guess.
- Don’t share your passwords or PINs with anyone.
- Don’t keep written notes containing your passwords or PINs in your purse / wallet or in your home, office, or vehicle.
- Choose strong passwords that are at least eight characters long and contain a combination of numbers, symbols, upper and lower case letters.
- Don’t repeatedly use the same password/PIN or set of passwords/PINs on a site after a password expires.
- Don’t use the same password/PIN across multiple sites.
Smartphones and tablets are portable computers, and therefore need similar protection. Here are some tips you can use to increase the security of your mobile device:
- Use passwords for access, and set the screen lock for after fifteen minutes or less of activity.
- Use security software.
- Turn on data encryption.
- Disable the geotag feature.
- When not using WiFi or Bluetooth, turn those services off.
- Keep the software and apps updated.
- Only download apps from trusted sources (such as iTunes for Apple and the Google Play Store).
- Before installing / using the app, understand the specific data and services the app can access.
- Do not root / jailbreak the device.
- Change passwords from accounts accessed by the phone if lost or stolen.
- When in doubt of an email, text, or voicemail, do not respond.
- Ensure the site is security enabled (a web address that begins with https://)
For more information visit:
- Looking Forward: 2017’s Top Threat Prediction
- Cyber Tips for Holiday Shopping
- Back to School
- Going for Gold in Cybersecurity
- Traveling Securely
- Ransomware Infographic
- Why Strong, Unique Passwords Matter
- Getting your Device and Checking it Twice
- Safe Online Holiday Shopping
- The Harm in Password Reuse