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Smishing Attempts Warning

posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We have received reports that some mobile phone users in our area have received text messages saying their debit cards were being deactivated.  This is a form of phishing that uses SMS Text Messaging or “SMishing”.  The scammers text a large number of random mobile phone numbers in an attempt to get a few people to enter their card information when they reply to the text.  Your bank would never contact you and ask for your debit or credit card number.  If you receive a text like this simply delete it.

See our online security tips here for additional information about protecting your identity.

On-Line Security

Your safety is important to us. Below are some best practices to keep your on-line information secure.

Protect Yourself:

Establish strong passwords

  • Use length and complexity. Avoid using personal information in the password. For example, don’t use your name and birth date.
  • Include at least one number.
  • Include at least one capital letter.
  • Include at least one symbol.
  • Recommended minimum of 12 characters in length for strong passwords, and 15 characters for highly confidential sites.

Other best practices

  • Make sure your computer is actively protected.
  • Use different passwords for different accounts.
  • Never share your password with anyone else, including a supervisor or IT specialist.
  • Never use a public computer (hotel, library, etc.) to log into an account.
  • If you write down your password, be sure to store it in a secure location, never in public view.

Online and Computer Security

  • Protect your privacy. Be cautious about posting personal information such as date of birth, phone number, email address, home address, etc.
  • Protect your online reputation. A lot can be said about pictures and posts, so don’t put anything up that could be misleading.
  • Remember, once it’s online, it’s there for the whole world to see.
  • Back up all your information on an external hard drive, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.
  • Clear all personal data from your computer before donating or disposing of it. Manually deleted computer files can still be recovered, so contact the computer manufacturer’s technical services department and ask how to properly delete personal files.

For more tips on on-line security, go to the United States Government site: http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/

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