5 Cyber Security Tips to Keep Your Money Safe Online

Posted by Excite Credt Union on Dec 20, 2023 1:20:14 PM

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Ensuring the safety of your money in the digital age is crucial, and that's why we bring you 5 cyber security tips for keeping your money safe. In today's tech-savvy world, managing your finances online is a breeze, but it also comes with some cybersecurity responsibilities. At Excite Credit Union, we've got your back, and we're here to share five straightforward tips to help you protect your money and personal information in the digital realm.

  1. Create Strong, Unique Passwords
    Your first line of defense is a good old password. Skip the easy-to-guess ones like "password123" or your birthday. Go for strong, unique passwords that mix upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Most importantly, use different passwords for each online account to prevent one breach from compromising the rest.
  2. Turn on Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
    Think of 2FA as your financial sidekick. It adds an extra layer of protection to your online accounts. When you enable 2FA, you can opt to receive a one-time code on your phone or to a designated email address, which you'll need to enter along with your password. This extra step makes it much tougher for unwanted visitors to get into your account.
  3. Watch Out for Phishing Attempts
    Phishing is like the sneak attack of the cyber world. Cybercriminals try to trick you into sharing sensitive information through fake emails, texts, or calls. Don't be too quick to spill the beans. Double-check the source and, if you're in doubt, contact the institution directly to verify the message's authenticity.
  4. Keep Your Software Up to Date
    Just like you wouldn't skip your favorite TV series, don't skip software updates. They often come with security fixes to protect your devices from the latest cyber threats. Set your gadgets to update automatically, and make it a habit to check for updates regularly.
  5. Keep an Eye on Your Accounts
    Stay on top of your financial game by regularly checking your accounts. Online banking tools are your best buddies here. If you see anything fishy or unfamiliar in your transactions, don't wait – reach out to your financial institution ASAP to get things sorted.

You work hard for your money, and we want to help you keep it safe. These five simple tips are like your cybersecurity toolbox. By following them, you'll be better equipped to guard your finances and personal information while enjoying the benefits of online banking. At Excite, we're always here to support you on your financial journey.  For more helpful tips on protecting yourself from fraud, check out our Security page. So, stay vigilant, stay safe, and enjoy the online world while keeping your money secure.

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