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Stay Safe Online
Use our tips to protect your personal information, have a positive online reputation and avoid scams.
Protecting Your Personal Information
- Be Skeptic About Giving Out Your Information — Be careful with making certain information publicly available, like your full name, address, phone number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, etc. Ask yourself why the information needs to be shared or made publicly available. Identity thieves can take pieces of information about you to impersonate you. This is also why you shouldn't let complete strangers see your Facebook profile and be choosy about what's on it.
- Arm Your Computer & Passwords — Make sure your virus software is current. Complete automatic updates for your software, including your web browser. Passwords should be at least 8 characters in length and include numbers, symbols and upper and lower case letters and should not be common words or phrases. Avoid using the same password everywhere.
- Transmit Credit Card Data Safely — When you make purchases online, look for signs of encryption, a security measure that keeps your information private as it travels the Internet. This includes web addresses using https and a closed padlock beside it or in the lower right corner of the window.
Have a Positive Online Reputation
90% of employers say they have searched for a potential job candidate online. 70% of recruiters say they've rejected people with a negative online presence, and 85% say that positive online profiles influence their hiring decisions.*
- Know What is Written About You — Search for your name online. You'll discover what others see about you, if someone else has the same name as you or if your identity has been compromised in any way. You can also set up search engine alerts to be notified if anything new using your name is posted.
- Control What is Seen By Others — Because privacy policies at social media sites are constantly changing, check your security settings regularly. Even if you don't intend to use a social media site, consider setting up accounts to claim your name.
- Manage What You Post — Building a strong online reputation is important. Don't post photos that others might find inappropriate, and think carefully about what you write.
- Too Good To Be True — If deals sound too good to be true, they likely are. Examples include extreme discounts and offers claiming you've won the lottery. These will take you to a phony website where thieves attempt to collect your financial data. Don't respond to unsolicited emails, and don't click links.
- Alerts From Your Financial Institution — If you receive emails or texts claiming to be your financial institution that say your accounts will be closed unless you take action, do not click on any links or respond and call your financial institution directly. Our phone number is 800-533-6773.
Remember that UW Credit Union will never call you or send an unsolicited phone call, email or text message that requests you to "confirm" or "update" your password, PIN or account information. Report any unusual transactions or activity to us immediately.
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* Source, Economic Times and staysafeonline.org.