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 Summer2020 or $ummer2020 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.
- 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.
Protect Your Identity
There’s only one you. Let’s keep it that way. With a HomeFREE Checking™ account, you receive free identity theft detection and resolution coverage¹ plus access to dark web monitoring.² Ask us today to get your Unique Member ID and register.
1. Identity theft insurance is underwritten by Lyndon Southern Insurance Company, a member of the Fortega family of companies. The information provided is a program summary. Please refer to the Identity Theft Expense Reimbursement Evidence of Coverage forms for additional information including details of benefits, specific exclusions, terms, conditions and limitations of coverage. Coverage is currently not available to residents of the state of New York and may not be available in other U.S. territories or jurisdictions in the future.
2. Applicable to individuals age 18 and older who have a valid credit file. Credit monitoring, report and score are provided by TransUnion, subject to change. This credit score may not be consistent with the credit score model used by a lender, and therefore can not be relied upon to determine credit worthiness for any particular loan opportunity.
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. Due to COVID, you can now access your report every week through April 2021.
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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