Data Privacy Day
The National Cyber Security Alliance, which leads the effort to educate all digital citizens to be safer and more secure online, encourages everyone to protect their online data by utilizing these tips:
- Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it. Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value-just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected through apps and websites.
- Be aware of what's being shared. Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. It's okay to limit how and with whom you share information.
- Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what it reveals, who might see it and how you could be perceived now and in the future.
- Apply the golden rule online. Post only about others as you would have them post about you.
- Keep a clean machine. Keep all software, operating systems (mobile and PC) and apps up to date to protect against data loss from infections and malware.
Smart Cards & Chip Technology
If you use credit and debit cards, you may begin to see something different about them. The difference is a small, square area, where there is an embedded computer chip. These new cards are called "Smart Cards" and use microchip technology. This technology promises to make your in-person credit and debit card transactions safer than ever before!
Learn what you need to know about the new credit and debit cards by clicking here.
You may have heard about the fraud affecting our local area in the news. We are experiencing a problem with fraudulent debit card charges in some of our checking accounts. We have been actively monitoring this situation and are taking proactive steps to contain the fraud. Through our enhanced security monitoring you may be contacted to verify purchases that do not appear to be in your normal spending pattern. Please contact the number provided immediately to verify the transaction was completed by you.As always, reviewing the transactions in your checking account on a regular basis is a good preventative practice. If you have any questions call 814-262-4010 or 888-262-4010.
There is a text scam that is requesting you provide your debit card number. This text message looks as if it is coming from a variety of banks and they are phishing for your personal information to use fraudulently. 1ST SUMMIT BANK will not text anyone about their debit card. Do NOT text a reply or provide them with your debit card number.
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Everyone must do their part to help prevent fraudulent activity. Here are a few easy tips to protect your information:
✓ Change passwords regularly
✓ Use mixed character passwords (upper and lower case letters and numbers)
✓ Do not store them on a device used to access the internet
✓ Use passphrases instead of passwords
✓ Keep anti-virus/malware software up to date
✓ Maintain up to date operating systems for extra security
✓ Do not open emails and/or attachments from unknown senders
✓ Avoid unknown/inappropriate websites
✓ Do not click on pop-ups
✓ Monitor and reconcile accounts daily
Remember: 1ST SUMMIT BANK will never ask you for your personal information in an email. If you have a reason to suspect fraud contact 1ST SUMMIT BANK immediately. We are committed to continuing our tradition of safeguarding confidential financial information.
Phishing: Don't Take the Bait!
Identity Theft: Protect Yourself
Internet Fraud: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Social Media: Be careful who you trust.
Play it safe with Portable Devices
What You Need to Know About Mobile Banking.