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  • Using Social Media? Protect Yourself Against Fraud.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Social media is great! We love to post our pictures, chat with friends and connect with companies and people with which we may have lost touch. However, we need to make sure that what we put on social media doesn't affect our security.

    I'm sure you're asking me, "how could this happen?" Let me give you a hypothetical example.

    Mary Jones has accounts at her local bank. She loves her online banking and bill pay for its convenience. Mary is a busy mother who doesn't have time to write checks and send in payments. Her local bank, who is very security minded, makes Mary set up security questions on her account so they can verify if Mary is the one accessing her account. Mary is very busy so she just does the normal security questions, mother's maiden name, etc. She doesn't want to, nor has time to think about it too much. Mary also loves social media and puts pictures of her family and pets on social media. 

    One day Mary goes online to check her balance and realizes money is missing. What happened? Did she leave her debit card somewhere? No, it's still in her purse! What happened?

    What happened is that Mary chose easy passwords and security questions/answers. A cyber thief figured out Mary's password was her dog's name. And when Mary changed her passwords as her bank advised, the thief was able to get the new one because he knew the security questions. How did he get them, you ask? Her social media account! Remember, she posted pictures of her dog and of her mother, tagging her in the photos, which shows her mother's maiden name!

    So what do you do? Get rid of your computer? Live like a hermit? No, I'm not suggesting anything that drastic. Here are a few tips:

    • When choosing or creating security questions, make them something people don't know and won't know about you. (Consider providing a different answer to the security question than what the correct answer would be.)
    • Make your passwords difficult to crack. Use letters and characters. Check and change them often. 
    • Be careful what you post on social media. Talking about your family is certainly OK, but if something you are posting is an answer to your security question, think again before you post.

    Everyone loves social media. It truly is a great tool for connecting with others. But, with just a little work, you can make it safer and help protect against fraud. 

  • Have You Changed Your Online Banking Password Lately?

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    Yes, it’s the familiar question many of us get in today’s world of technology…‘Have you changed your password lately?’  Recognizing that it can be challenging to change passwords often it is however something that is necessary to help prevent financial fraud.

    MutualBank is taking steps to help you protect your financial records accessible online.  In October of 2012 MutualBank Online Banking customers will be required to change their Online Banking passwords every 180 days.

    Please consider changing your password now in order to get used to this new process.  As you change your password we ask that you follow the guidelines listed below in crafting your new password.

    Online Banking Password Requirements

    • Passwords must be at least 8 characters long but less than 17.
    • Passwords must contain at least 1 number.
    • Passwords must contain at least 1 alpha character.
    • Consider using both upper and lower case alpha characters.
    • Consider using special characters such as ‘!, @, $, %, etc.’.
    • Do not use your name, date of birth, maiden name, mother’s maiden name, address, dictionary words, or other easily guessable words for passwords.
    • Instead of writing a complete password down to remember it please consider only writing down a password hint that will help you remember and even then don’t leave this paper laying out in plain view.

    If you need further assistance with changing your password please
    call us at 800-382-8031.

    Check out our Financial Education Center for more articles and calculators to help you live a better life!

  • Online Shopping - Safeguarding Your Account.

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    When you shop online do you know where you’re shopping?  According to the National Consumers League, online shopping is #3 for overall scams and #1 for Internet scams.  That would imply that online shopping is a very risky activity.  However, there are ways you can still shop online in a safe manner.

    Following these guidelines can make your online shopping more secure:

    • Use a low limit credit card for online shopping.  Your liability is $50 on fraudulent charges using your credit card.
    • Know with whom you’re shopping.  Be leery of unknown or obscure shopping websites.
    • Stick with well-known shopping sites from reputable retailers.
    • If it’s too good to be true…it probably is.
    • Look for the padlock.  Secure online shopping sites should use the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology for securing online transactions.  You should see a padlock icon at the bottom or top of the browser status bars that you are using.
    • Use anti-virus / anti-malware software on your PC.  This can prevent a virus infection if you happen to end up on a bogus shopping site.
    • Make sure you use online banking to check your shopping activity and don’t wait for your statement to verify online shopping activity.
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    Remember that you are the best defense against online shopping fraud!  If you suspect that you have been scammed please call the MutualBank customer support at 800-382-8031.

    Also please report any online fraud to Internet Crime Complaint Center

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