We're only a few days away from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many people hope to score big deals these days - and so do criminals.
For all the good found on the internet, it’s also easier than ever for criminals to steal your identity. Some of the information they’re looking for are social security numbers, birthdates, passwords, Medicare numbers, passport numbers, and bank account numbers.
Online Banking and the mobile apps have been updated to reflect our simplified name and to incorporate some accessibility and user experience improvements. When logging in for the first time, you may be asked to reauthenticate your device using MFA.
More than just a safe word for online security, two-factor authentication, or 2FA, adds another level of protection to your online security. Technically just an added step, what makes 2FA better and different than a ‘two-step’ verification process is the combination of factors—something you know, something you are, and / or something you have.
Keeping an eye on your credit report is a smart thing to do at any time to make sure there’s nothing there that shouldn’t be, because credit reporting companies directly influence your ability to get credit. You can request a free credit report once per year from each of the three major monitoring services, which essentially means you can check your credit report every four months. Find links or get more information here.
Skimming—the process of stealing your credit or debit card information at cash machines, gas pumps, restaurants, and in self-checkout lanes—is popular among the unscrupulous because there’s a lot of money to be made if they’re successful. According to the US Secret Service, the agency that investigates bank fraud, it’s a multi-billion dollar a year problem.
If you receive a message to visit or conduct transactions at seattlemetcu.com, do not go to this site. It is not a site used by Seattle Credit Union and is intended to deceive visitors.
With security breaches regularly making headlines, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of securing your personal data. Hackers will keep hacking, and crooks will find new ways to fool, cajole, or coax you to give them your secure information. Here are nine tips to help keep you safe.
Along with vowing to break the seal on that gym membership and contribute the max to your retirement account, consider a resolution to make 2016 the year you lock down your identity. Nearly 13 million Americans were defrauded of $16 billion through identity theft in 2014. How can you help to prevent this from happening to you? Here are seven ways to keep your identity safer.
Touch ID is a security feature using fingerprint recognition IPhones. It helps keep your information even more secure and because no two fingerprints are alike it's one of the best passcodes you can have.
Healthy, engaged, and independent adults are less likely to be victims of fraud, but it can happen to anyone, at any income level.
Phishing is a technique that uses fake emails or fraudulent websites to gain personal information for purposes of identity theft.
SMCU recognizes the importance of document security and disposal, so we host several free Shred Day events each year at our branches. Join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10am to 2pm at our Georgetown, Northgate, or Lynnwood location and shred up to two boxes of documents for free!
Your computer can be a window to your personal life for hackers. Without the right protection, your financial information, personal identifying information, and other sensitive data could be theirs. The good news is protecting your computer is as easy as installing quality anti-spyware and antivirus software and knowing the warning signs of attempts to steal your information.
In light of recent security vulnerabilities, such as Heartbleed and the Internet Explorer bug, and the scammers directly targeting credit union members, now is a great time to brush up on email dos and don’ts for maximum security and online safety.