Our Members’ Financial Security and Safety Comes First
A day doesn’t go by when we don’t read news of a data breach at a major company or some new phone or online scam. We all have the best intentions when it comes to safeguarding our personal information but these savvy criminals never seem to sleep. So you have to be extra vigilant about protecting your identity.
Whether you’re on our website or other sites, there are steps you can take to protect your personal information from hackers and scammers by adding some data privacy habits to your routine.
TIPS: Here are some tips for you to keep your passwords safe:
County Federal will never contact you via text message, e-mail, phone or any other way to ask for your account numbers or passwords.
Use a different password for every website you visit.
We know it seems like password overload but it is a lot less work than dealing with getting hacked.
Use a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols.
The more original you are the better. According to Norton, some of the most common passwords created by online users last year were password, 123456, qwerty, 111111 and monkey.
Change your passwords every three months.
If it’s hard to remember all your passwords, try a password manager.
Free apps include Keeper Password, Password Box and Last Pass.
Make sure your computer has an anti-virus program.
Several companies offer some sort of all-in-one suite of protections. Some of the more popular ones are Avast, Bitdefender, Norton, Webroot, McAfee and Kaspersky.
Set up two-step log-ins
Two-step authentication asks you to sign in with your password, and then add a second sign-in — a numeric code sent by text, e-mail or a phone call. Think of it as a double password. Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft all recommend two-step authentication.
Safeguarding your account information is one of our top priorities. Please remember, County Federal will never contact you via text message, e-mail, phone or any other way to ask for your account numbers or passwords. If you suspect you’ve been a victim of any type of scam or any form of identity theft, contact County Federal immediately at 1-800-282-6212 or 408-282-0700.
-Tips provided by USA Today Network
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