Identity Protection Tips
Gate City Bank is here to help you avoid fraud and identity theft scams. Following best practices for email, as well as online and offline identity protection will also assist in reducing your risk.
Social media is a fun way to interact with others, but it is important to stay secure when using social media. We have put together a list of tips to help you enjoy social media safely!
- Use a strong password. Choose a password that is more complex using different characters and numbers. Use a different password for each of your social media accounts.
- If you use your mobile phone to browse social media, password protect your device.
- Review friend requests carefully. If you don’t know the person, don’t accept their request. Watch for fake accounts - if you are already friends with the requestor, reach out to them on their old profile before accepting their request.
- Be cautious when clicking on links, as they may lead you to a malicious website.
- Don’t reveal sensitive personal information on social media, such as your address, financial information or phone number. The more you post the easier it is to have your identity stolen.
- Familiarize yourself with the privacy policies of the social media channels you use and customize your privacy settings to control who sees what.
- Email safety means following best practices when you send and receive email.
- Don’t include sensitive information in email.
- Never click on links within an email.
- Don’t open SPAM or attachments from strangers.
- Be suspicious of emails asking for personal information.
- Be selective when providing your email address.
Online Identity Protection
Online identity protection means following best practices to help you search the Internet safely and securely.
- Update and strengthen the security of your online passwords.
- Do not use the same username and password on all accounts, especially your financial accounts. This prevents information compromised on one online account from being used on other online accounts.
- Use a secure browser and trusted computer for sensitive transactions.
- Log off when you’re done using web sites that require a user ID and password.
- Disconnect and shut down when you’re not using your computer.
Offline Identity Protection
Offline identity protection means following best practices to help you secure your personal information in the “real world.”
- Monitor your postal mail.
- Don’t give out your personal information freely.
- Check your credit report annually.
- Shred documents containing personal information before discarding them.