Security at home and online

Protect yourself or a loved one

See what you know about financial safety at home and online. Review this checklist which contains some good ideas for protecting yourself and your loved ones.

  • Be wary of strangers you allow in your home. Keep sensitive data, credit cards, and checkbooks out of sight and locked away.
  • Store all account statements securely
  • Safely store copies of your driver’s license, credit cards, car registration, I.D. cards, etc.
  • Shred old and unnecessary financial documents, statements, and unwanted credit offers.
  • Don’t send personal information such as account numbers, credit card numbers, or PINs via email.
  • Select one credit card with a low credit limit to use for all your online purchases.
  • Immediately after you make a web transaction, or finish an online banking session, completely close your browser.
  • Turn off your computer when you’re not using it — don’t leave it in “sleep” mode.
  • Never download files, open attachments, or click on hyperlinks in emails from people or companies you don’t know.
  • Install a firewall, virus protection, and spyware on your computer and update them regularly.

An older couple using a laptop computer on a countertop in their home.

Note: To maximize web transaction safety, use a recent version of your web browser. Web addresses starting with “https” and Web pages with a padlock symbol are safest.

Fraudsters may attempt to direct you to spoof websites to try to obtain your personal information. One way to detect a phony website is to consider how you got to the site. Use caution if you may have followed a link in a suspicious email, text message, online chat, or other pop-up window requesting your personal or account information.

For more information, read the article Protect Your Money and Identity

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