October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, and a time for all of us to refresh our knowledge of cybersecurity best practices to protect our personal information.
At Webster, every month is cybersecurity month, as we continue to grow and expand our employees’ knowledge of cybersecurity best practices through training. Just as important to us, is the safety and security of our customers’ private information, as we work diligently every day to ensure customer records are secure.
To help you protect your information against cyber threats and fraudulent activity, here are five ways you can bank safer this month, and every month:
1) Use strong passwords
While this tip may seem obvious, this is still one of the most common ways hackers gain access to your financial accounts. Be sure to incorporate a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols to create a strong password. Avoid using commonly available information like your birthdate, address or other words and numbers that a hacker can guess or find out by doing a google search.
2) Always log out when you're finished banking
Once you complete your transaction, be sure to log out of your financial account, especially if you are using a computer that others can view or access.
3) Actively monitor your bank account for signs of fraud
You know your spending habits better than anyone, so it’s important that you check your transactions on a daily or weekly basis to ensure there are no unauthorized charges on your account.
If you do see a fraudulent charge on your account, you can call our Customer Care Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 800-325-2424.
4) Access your bank information from a secure location
Connecting to Wi-Fi in public place like a local coffee shop, airport or hotel can expose your personal information to hackers. Always access your bank account via a secure Internet connection and from a personal computer or mobile device with up-to-date security software.
5) Do your research before providing your account information
Many of us love to pay bills and shop online using our banking information. Before providing your banking information to a company online, it’s important to do your research on the company and website first. Look to see that you’re accessing a secure site by checking for the lock symbol and “https” in front of the URL. Also be sure to research the protections the company offers in case of a data breach.