Protect Yourself from Cyber Crimes

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're back with tips, informative webinars, and more to help you stay safe online.

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the first three months of 2020 saw a 20% increase in cyber fraud as cybercriminals took advantage of the global pandemic. In 2021, ransomware attackers caused the Colonial Pipeline to shut down their East Coast pipeline disrupting fuel supplies and causing frantic gas hoarding in Southeastern states. Cybercrime is hitting us at home, whether it's disrupting the supply chain or intercepting your pin number at a gas pump. It's up to each of us to do our part in protecting information and keeping it out of the hands of cybercriminals. For some helpful tips to remember while traveling, transitioning back to the office, working remotely, and protecting your digital home, keep reading »

Webinar Series: Cybersecurity Insights

Join us for a special webinar series. Each week, we will discuss a cybersecurity topic covering both new and tried-and-true tips and answer your questions. Join us for these short sessions, presented by Carla Swift, AVP of Education & Service Mangement, with special guest Robert Yamasaki, SESLOC Information Security Officer. Register now:

October 12  |  12:00 p.m.  -  Password Hacks: Could Yours be at Risk?

October 14  |  12:00 p.m.  -  The Dangers of Public WiFi

October 21  |  12:00 p.m.  -  Online Fraud 101

October 28  |  12:30 p.m.  -  What to Know About Elder Fraud


can of shredded paperSESLOC Shred Days

Shred Day events offer an easy way for members to destroy sensitive information. Visit our Paso Robles Branch on Saturday, October 23 between 9:00 a.m. and noon, and we’ll shred your confidential documents for free. Limitations apply, please see details at



Identity Theft Recovery

Did you know you get complimentary Identity Theft Programs with your HomeFREE CheckingTM account? See how the Fully Managed Identity Theft Recovery can help you take back your identity if it's stolen. Learn more »


Go paperless and use Online Banking services.


Go Paperless

It may seem old-fashioned, but dumpster diving is still a common tactic for identity thieves because it's so effective. They're hoping to find paper documents with your sensitive personal information—like financial statements or bills. Receiving your statements and bills electronically through Online Banking can help you avoid paper related identity theft. If you do prefer paper, ensure your documents are stored safely, then destroyed securely when no longer needed.

Sign Up for eStatements

eStatements are securely encrypted, convenient and archived for 24 months for your reference. To make the switch, log into Online Banking and select Statements from the menu. Select your account, then click the Enrollment tab to make your selection.

Enroll in Bill Pay

Bill Pay is a secure and convenient service that enables you to receive, view and pay your bills from one centralized place. You can use Bill Pay to send money to anyone in the United States that you would normally pay by check, automatic debit or cash. Learn how to get started »

Easy Pay Online

Easy Pay Online is a fee-free loan payment option for your desktop or mobile device that doesn't require registering for or logging in to Online Banking. EasyPay can be used for all of your loans at SESLOC, including Business loans. Learn more »

Sign Remotely With DocuSign Forms

Most of our forms are now available for you to submit securely online with DocuSign. Learn more »

Embrace Contactless Payments

Contactless payments are secure, quick, and convenient, especially if you’re trying to avoid touching shared screens and keypads. Your SESLOC HomeFREE Checking debit card is compatible with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay, which makes it easy to embrace contactless payments—all while earning rewards points for your purchases. Learn more »


Protect yourself from the Dark Web


Check out our Youth Activity eBook

Download Be Cybersmart, a fun activity book filled with coloring pages, puzzles, and more! October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and being cyber smart is important for the whole family. Be Cyber Smart is an introduction to strong passwords and the tricks bad guys use to get your information.


Top Tips to #BeCyberSmart

  • Use strong, complex passwords and change them often. Experts recommend passwords that are at least 8 characters long and include numbers, special characters, and a mix of upper and lower cases. Avoid personal, public information and words that can be found in a dictionary—cybercriminals can crack these easily.
  • Never leave tech devices unattended. Whether it's your phone or your desktop, set a password and always lock it when you step away. 
  • Sign up for eStatements in Online Banking. eStatements are convenient and safe. Plus, you don't have to worry about how to securely destroy your paper documents when you don't need them anymore.
  • Beware of suspicious emails and phone calls. Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources.
  • Keep sensitive data off of your workstation, laptop or mobile devices and shred paper documents.  (e.g., SSN's, credit card information, student records, health information, etc.)
  • Be WiFi savvy. Password protect and encrypt your WiFi connection at home, and be careful about what information you access when using a public network.
  • Check your privacy settings.  Be sure to optimize the privacy settings on all of your mobile apps and accounts online.
  • Keep your software up to date. All those update notifications might be annoying, but cybercriminals release new threats everyday and updates are essential to your security.
  • Think twice before clicking. Cybercriminals use links, ads, websites, attachments and downloads to get your information. Check out the Phishing Test below for more information.
  • Talk with your family. Make sure everyone in your family understands how to #StaySafeOnline—kids and seniors can be especially vulnerable to cybercrime.


Don't get phished!


Would You Get Hooked by a Phishing Email?

Most cyberattacks start with a phishing email. These messages are designed to trick you into providing your information, clicking a link or downloading an infected attachment. You may be familiar with some of the more obvious signs of a phishing email, like spelling mistakes and strange email addresses, but cybercriminals are getting more and more sophisticated. These days, phishing emails can look pretty convincing, even to the trained eye. Test your ability to spot the signs of a scam email with this interactive phishing quiz by Google.

SECURITY TIP: Help fight phishing scams!

Please use the links in SESLOC emails for informational purposes regarding member services and products. To access Online Banking, loan applications, or forms, always type in in your internet browser.

Beware of Common Phishing Scams:


So You Think You've Been Phished...Now What?

Concerned your information is in the wrong hands, or just want to be prepared? Learn how to take back control:



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