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PC Protection Tips
Keep your accounts and identity safe
Don't take your pc security for granted.
- Keep your computer operating system and browser current. Software developers are continually working to update their applications to combat new threats. In order to ensure your online banking activities remain secure, it's important to keep your operating system and browser version updated.
- Install a firewall. Most current operating systems, such as Windows 7 and 8, come with one already installed. Make sure it is on and configured.
- Use Anti-Virus (AV) software and keep it up-to-date. Configure the system to update its definitions frequently. Allow it to scan files in real-time and schedule a full system scan weekly.
- Use Anti-Spyware software and keep it up to date. Often, commercially available anti-virus software also includes anti-spyware, anti-phishing and a firewall. Utilize all the tools provided with your software.
- Physically secure your computer. Don’t leave laptops unattended in public places such as coffee shops and airports. When travelling, utilize the safe in your room. Always lock your device in your trunk instead of leaving it visible within the car.
- Utilize Wireless Routers with the strongest encryption available and change default passwords.
- Never use public computers and “Free Wi-Fi” or “hot spots” to access your accounts.
- Be cautious of opening attachments or clicking links in emails. Don’t open email attachments or click hyperlinks in an email unless you are sure the sender is someone you know and trust. Even if it is someone you know, if the message seems odd, call them to validate it before taking action. Take note of the look and feel of the online banking pages. If additional entry options appear asking you for more than your ID and Password, contact us immediately.
Visit the National Cyber Security Alliance website for more information on cybersecurity awareness and safe online behavior.
Visit the FBI website for current scams and additional information to help keep you from becoming a victim of crime and fraud.
OnGuardOnline provides information from the federal government about securing your computer and protecting your children online.
Important: If you receive a phone call, email, text message or visit to your place of business that you question, please take the time to call and ask us to validate the communication before taking any other action. Do not use the contact information provided in the email or text message you receive. Use the number advertised on our web site or on the back of your debit/credit card so you know you are speaking to us.
Remember, NWSB Bank will never:
- Call, email or text you asking for your Online Banking password, Wire PIN, token codes, account numbers or debit card numbers. If you receive such a call, email or text message, do NOT give out any information.
- Direct you to a website that asks you to update your personal account information.
- Send an email to you containing computer software updates.
- Visit your place of business and request to perform maintenance on your computer.
Important: If you receive a phone call, email or text message that you question, please take the time to call and ask us to validate the communication before taking any other action. Do not use the contact information provided in the email or text message that you receive. Use the number advertised on our web site or on the back of your debit/credit card so you know you are speaking to us.