The best way to keep your identity and data safe is prevention – this is especially pertinent at tax time, year-end, or during a major life event. Your best bet is to stay proactive and be diligent with your info.
Some sensible tips:
- Avoid public Wi-Fi, and never access personal data if you do use it.
- Carefully store (or shred) private documents.
- Keep your information up to date at places you do business. This ensures statements, invoices, and other documents don’t fall into a thief’s hands.
- Monitor your accounts. Use Online Banking to watch your transaction history, balances, and statements.
- Use complex passwords comprised of letters, numbers, and special characters and change them frequently. Consider using a password management tool.
- Don’t click on unfamiliar links in unsolicited emails or text messages.
- Never share personal information, such as your social security number, with unknown entities.
- View your credit report regularly, accessible from any of the major credit bureaus.
Being proactive is your first step in fraud prevention. If you suspect any fraudulent activity, contact us right away for assistance.