Tips for National Computer Security Day
Each November 30th is designated as National Computer Security Day. Because computer security is an important piece of maintaining your financial security, we thought we’d help you celebrate with a few tips!
- Enable your device updates. When vulnerabilities and exploits are discovered, patches are delivered to address them.
- Do not store your payment credentials on retailer websites. It’s certainly convenient, but if hackers are successful in infiltrating that retailer’s network, they will have your payment information.
- Use strong passwords and do not repeat them. If you are exposed on one website, hackers can match your email address to your known passwords, giving them even more data for identity theft.
- Know who you are buying from. A newer spin on online shopping scams involves hackers promoting fake online stores on social media platforms. Shoppers enter their payment information, but never receive their purchases.
- Beware of email phishing fraud. This is a time of year many of us are receiving shipment update emails and hackers know it. Match details of known deliveries before clicking links in emails promising shipping updates. You should always be certain of the sender before clicking links in emails.
- Bonus tip: Protect your cards with our free CardValet app. CardValet can be customized to give you charge notifications and even allows you to easily turn your cards on and off from your phone when you’re not using them. It’s free to use and easy to get started.
Should fraud still happen despite your best efforts, as your financial partner we are here to help. Make sure your contact information is up to date with HHCU. We can call and send text notifications to your phone which allow you to respond whether charges are legitimate. If they are not, we can block your card immediately so that no more fraud occurs. We’ll then help you through the steps of recovering funds.