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Information Security - How to Keep Your Personal Information Confidential
Information is at a premium nowadays and there is what seems to be infinite ways in order to obtain any and all information. Unfortunately, the same applies for criminals as well. With cell phones, tablets, and other wireless devices being used so frequently and often containing large amount of personal information, it may be easy to overlook how easy it would be for a criminal to access that information. So much of what we do on a regular basis happens in the cell phone in the palm of our hand…online banking numbers and passwords, credit card information, personal applications, contact information for hundreds or maybe even thousands of people…all at the swipe of a fingertip.
Some general advice in order to better protect yourself from any potential fraud, scams or other schemes would be to keep your browser secure. Most websites will have some sort of encryption to prevent your information from being stolen in transit when a transaction is made online. Make sure that you see the “lock” icon in the status bar of your internet browser means your information will be safe when it’s transmitted. Another tip would be to use strong passwords with your laptop, credit, bank, and other accounts. Many people use passwords that are easy to remember, but are also easy for hackers to guess. The key to preventing this from happening is to be creative: think of a special phrase and use the first letter of each word as your password.
A big hot button is the use of social media lately. This is also an area that your information may be compromised on. If too much information is revealed online, an identity thief can use that information to access passwords, open up credit cards in your name and other countless white collar crimes. Never post your full name, Social Security number, address, phone number, or account numbers in publicly accessible sites.
At Millbury National Bank, we use security measures that comply with federal law to protect your information from unauthorized access and use. These measures include computer safeguards, policies and procedures, and secured files and buildings. We will only use your personal information for business purposes and will always treat your all of your information as confidential.
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