Cybersecurity for Consumers and Businesses
Take a moment to review some of the valuable information put out by the FDIC and other reputable organizations:
- A CYBERSECURITY GUIDE for Financial Institution Customers
- A CYBERSECURITY GUIDE for Businesses
- A Bank Customer's Guide to Cybersecurity — FDIC Consumer News Special Edition — Winter 2016
10 simple things bank customers can do to help protect their computers and their money from online criminals:
- Have computer security programs running and regularly updated to look for the latest threats.
- Be smart about where and how you connect to the Internet for banking or other communications involving sensitive personal information.
- Get to know standard Internet safety features.
- Ignore unsolicited emails asking you to open an attachment or click on a link if you're not sure it's who truly sent it and why.
- Be suspicious if someone contacts you unexpectedly online and asks for your personal information.
- Use the most secure process you can when logging into financial accounts.
- Be discreet when using social networking sites.
- Be careful when using smartphones and tablets.
- Parents and caregivers should include children in their cybersecurity planning.
- Small business owners should have policies and training for their employees on topics similar to those provided in this checklist for customers, plus other issues that are specific to the business.
- FDIC — Cybersecurity
- OnGuard Online.gov
- FTC — Federal Trade Commission
- Identity Theft Resource Center
- Internet Scam Busters
This information is offered up for the general guidance and is not intended as, nor should it be construed as legal, financial or other professional advice. Please consult with your attorney or financial advisor to discuss any legal or financial issues on this topic.