- Use secure passwords: Securing your passwords will keep your personal information out of the hands of potential hackers. For more information on ways to secure your passwords Click Here.
- Install a trusted antivirus software: A trusted antivirus software blocks and protects your computers from viruses and spam that are potentially dangerous.
- Use caution when opening attachments: Opening an attachment on an email requires a file to be downloaded on your computer. This is a commonly used method for fraudsters to install malware onto your computer without you even realizing it. If you don't recognize the sender or are unsure of what the attachment is, don't open the file.
- Keep your email address private on social media or other public forums: Allowing your email address to be public on profiles means anyone can see it. This can increase your chances of becoming a target of potential scammers.
- Do not reply to spam or phishing schemes: Phishing schemes are attempts by scammers to trick you into giving out personal information. Reputable sources will never ask for that information through email. If you suspect a phishing scheme or scam: do not open it, delete it immediately, do not download attachments, never click links, do not reply, and report it.
- Be careful about public Wi-Fi: Open networks, aka free wi-fi, are more susceptible to fraudsters or hackers and are sometimes even being provided by those individuals. Once a user connects to the Wi-Fi, the fraudster has access to all the information on that device.
As much as we want to, your bank cannot shield you from email attacks.
It's up to you to safeguard your information by using the tips listed above.