October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we’re offering tips, webinars, and services to help make the internet safer and more secure.
Cybersecurity Tips for Online Banking
Online Banking is safe, but we strongly recommend you take these reasonable precautions:
- Use a strong password or long passphrase — Make sure it includes a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid dictionary words, pets’ names, or trivial combinations of words and numbers. Hackers can crack a password like Summer2022 or $ummer2022 in less than one second. Try turning a memorable phrase into a secure password or use an entire phrase that only you would know, and remember to mix in cases, numbers, and symbols. If your password is stolen, change it and tell us right away.
- Never reuse a password on multiple sites — If a hacker cracks one password, they will try it on multiple sites.
- Look for the lock — The lock icon next to the web address in your browser window indicates the webpage you are visiting is secure.
- Keep your computer up to date — Remember to run updated malware protection, also know as antivirus software.
- Avoid public WiFi for Online Banking — Hackers can create rogue access points on WiFi networks to monitor activity, and can even create their own network that looks legitimate. If you need to use public WiFI, consider using a VPN.
- Set up alerts — Get a text or email notification about activity on your SESLOC account. Click Services in the menu, then click Alerts. Check your settings for History Alerts, Online Transaction Alerts, and Security Alerts. Select the New Alert dropdown to add additional or custom alerts, which can be edited or disabled on the Alerts Dashboard.
Sign Up for eStatements
eStatements are securely encrypted, convenient and archived for 24 months. To make the switch, log into Online Banking and select Statements.
What to Know About VPNs
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an app or program that gives you an extra layer of security when you’re online. If you’re a remote worker, you’re probably used to using one to access your organization’s computers from your home. But what does it do exactly? A VPN service encrypts your data and creates a private channel, also known as a tunnel, connecting your device to a server in its network. This also masks your personal IP address (the unique identifier for a device or network connected to the internet) as you browse online, giving you greater privacy since it’s harder for advertisers and others to identify your location and traffic. Do your due diligence when researching which provider is the best fit for your needs, but be sure to look for one with a no logging policy, which means they do not store your personal information. Learn more »
Get Ready for Shred Day
2023 schedule coming soon
Shred Day is an easy way for members to destroy their sensitive information — simply bring your confidential documents and they will be shredded on-site! Stay tuned for our next line up of events.
Watch a Free Webinar: The Red Flags of Fraud
Recorded October 19, 2022
In this short session, we go over common scams and give you tips to recognize the red flags of fraud. Presented by Carla Swift, AVP of Education & Service Management.
Download Our Youth Activity & Coloring Book
It’s never too early to teach kids about safe habits when navigating the internet. 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.
Look Out For These Common Scams
Knowledge is our biggest line of defense against scammers. Take a moment to learn about these common tactics scammers use to try and separate you from your money — or steal your personal information so they can commit fraud.
Beware of Sweetheart Scams
Sweetheart scammers seek out their victims online, through social media or dating websites. In fact, sweetheart scams are becoming more common on social media platforms like Instagram and Tik-Tok. Learn more »
Social Media: 5 Scams That Work
Criminals have focused their attention on social media platforms as a way to gather personal information, gain trust, and socially engineer their way to fraud that results in billions of dollars of losses annually. Learn more »
Beware of Skimmers & Shimmers
You’ve probably heard of criminals caught with equipment allowing them to capture credit and debit card activity of unsuspecting consumers fueling up at the local gas station or using their cards at other outdoor transaction terminals. Learn more »
Check Out More Resources
Free Annual Credit Report — Visit AnnualCreditReport.com to receive and review a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus annually, or call 877-322-8228.
Learn About Password Strength — Visit UseAPassphrase.com or HowSecureIsMyPassword.net to see how different combinations of letters, symbols and numbers change the strength of a password. Note: NEVER use one of your actual passwords.
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