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Shield yourself from fraud with these 7 tips

Shield yourself from fraud with these 7 tips

As online banking becomes more popular, so does the risk of fraud. We've put together 7 of our best tips to help you stay protected. 


1. Keep your login information safe

Never share your username, password, or any other login credentials with anyone. Don't write them down or save them on your computer or mobile device.

2. Monitor your accounts

Check your bank statements regularly to make sure there are no unauthorized transactions. You can also enable Account Alerts for online and mobile banking, giving you real-time notifications about account activity. 

3. Beware of phishing scams

Scammers often use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. Always double-check the sender's email address or phone number before clicking on any links or providing any information.

4. Use strong passwords

Make sure your password is complex and difficult to guess. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, and avoid using common words or phrases.

5. Enable two-factor authentication 

Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security by requiring you to provide a second form of verification, such as a code sent to your phone, before logging in. Multi-Factor authentication apps like Duo are also great tools that provide an extra layer of security to your personal accounts. 

6. Update your software 

Keep your computer, smartphone, and tablet up-to-date with the latest security patches and antivirus software.

7. Be cautious with public Wi-Fi 

Public Wi-Fi networks are often unsecured, which makes them easy targets for hackers. Avoid banking on public Wi-Fi networks or use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your data.


By following these simple tips, you can significantly reduce your risk of falling victim to fraud while banking online. Stay vigilant, and report any suspicious activity to us right away. 

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