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Security Center

Your financial security is important to us and we are here to help. We are noticing that fraud is rampant right now. The schemes range involving Unemployment fraud, IRS fraud, and much more. Electronic banking offers exceptional convenience and efficiency for customers, and we would like to reassure you that we use the latest technology and tools to ensure your financial information is safe and secure. Along with everything we do, you play the most important role in protecting your personal information and accounts. Being aware and informed about how to protect your personal information is the first line of defense. Criminals look for opportunities to gain access to your accounts by tricking you into giving them personal information in different ways. You can avoid giving them what they need by staying informed about common practices. We have included some of these common practices below:

  • Protect your user names and passwords or PIN’s. Don’t give them to anyone
  • Keep your social security number in a safe place - never carry it with you
  • Report lost or stolen credit cards, debit cards, drivers license or ID cards immediately
  • Shred any documents you no longer need that have personally identifiable information
  • Sign up for eStatements. This keeps your information out of the hands of thieves who might steal them from the mail or trash
  • Sign into online banking daily to review the activity in your accounts
  • Consider changing your usernames and passwords frequently for any financial sites you visit
  • Consider visiting only online sites that are SSL protected and secured
  • Contact your bank regarding any suspicious activity
  • Report any missed account statements to your bank in case they have been stolen from your mailbox
  • Use anti-virus software – These are programs that have been designed to detect viruses which may infect your computer through emails you receive or programs you download from the internet
  • Firewalls – Used to block outside attacks from hackers, filter infected files or emails, and alert you if an unauthorized user tries to access your system.
  • Encryption – With this technology, your data is encrypted, or scrambled, so even if it is intercepted by criminals, it won’t be easy to read or use.
  • Passwords – The more complex the password, the less likely it is to be deciphered by a perpetrator using even the most sophisticated techniques.
    • To create safer passwords:
    • Use a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters
    • Create a completely unique password for each application or account
      o Avoid using everyday words that can be found in the dictionary
    • Don’t create passwords that are specific to you such as your spouse’s name or your birthdate
    • Change your passwords often
  • Software Updates – many viruses take advantage of bugs in software. Updating frequently will protect your computer
  • Log-Off – always log off and close your browser especially when using a public computer. The next person to use it might be able to access your account if you haven’t logged off properly.
We want you to know about ways you can protect your information. The following web sites offer helpful information and consumer guidance, and we encourage you to visit them. If you are ever in doubt about a request for information, don’t hesitate to contact us. Your bank is aware of most scams and has access to key resources when new ones appear.
  • Tips on privacy, identity theft and online security.
  • Scam alerts.

  •  Protecting yourself online
  • Information about types of Internet Fraud
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam or financial fraud, the following are different organizations to file reports with:

  • Report Mail Fraud (Mailed Scams, example: Sweepstakes, lotteries, work-at home scams)
  • Report Identity Theft

Information about current fraud scams: