As we observe National Internet Safety Month in June, Busey is empowering consumers to take an active role in protecting their privacy.
Every year, millions of people fall victim to cybercrime. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, there were:
nearly 300,000 complaints worth more than $1 billion in losses from scams initiated through the Internet in 2015 alone.
With constant changes in technology, there are always new ways for risk. The best way to protect yourself from fraud is to be proactive.
Busey also shares the following seven tips to stay safe online:
1. Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
2. Set strong passwords. A strong password is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
3. Watch out for “phishing” scams. Criminals will create a fake email for a deal that’s too good to be true. If you click on any links within the email, you may be downloading malware onto your computer or you may be asked for payment information that could lead to fraud.
4. Keep personal information personal. Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
5. Secure your internet connection. If shopping online, make sure you do so from a password protected Wi-Fi network. Never access online banking from a public Wi-Fi network.
6. Shop safely. Before making an online purchase, make sure the website uses secure technology. The web address should begin with “https” and look for a tiny padlock symbol on the page.
What do you do if you’ve fallen prey to a scam?
File a police report and contact your bank immediately.
Busey wants you to be informed of any security issues, scams or alerts that may impact you.
Visit our Information Security Center on busey.com to help you stay informed of any security issues, scams or alerts that may compromise your personal or financial information.
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For additional tips on protecting yourself online, call 1.800.67 l Busey or live chat us on busey.com today.