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Online and Offline Security Tips

Online security tips

Despite a scammer’s best efforts, these simple steps can stand in their way – and preserve the security of the information you store and access online.

Keep your passwords and PINs private

  • Don’t share passwords and PINs
  • Use unique passwords
  • Change passwords frequently
  • Do not use all or part of your Social Security number, date of birth, street address, etc., when creating PINs or passwords
  • Never write your ATM and/or credit card PIN on the cards
  • Beware of people watching you at the ATM or checkout

Pay close attention to the sites and apps you’re using

  • If you are providing financial information or placing an order online, be sure the site is secure. Look for a URL that begins with “https://” and a “closed padlock” () or green indicator in the address bar of your browser
  • Watch out for copycat sites that may try to look like a financial institution. Be sure you are using the correct web address for your bank
  • Third-party fintech apps often store and access your bank account information to help you manage your money, invest, borrow and send money.
  • Download apps from reputable sources only – such as iTunes® App Store, Amazon Appstore for AndroidTM or Google PlayTM store
  • Never leave your device unattended – and always log off when you are finished
  • Never bank or shop on an unsecured or public wireless networks (airports, coffee shops, etc.)

Maintain your network and devices

  • Make sure your device is using the latest operating system and applications
  • Use a personal firewall
  • If you use wireless networking, turn on all security features. Change the default password and SSID on your wireless router
  • Always protect your device with a passcode lock

Keep emails and texts safe

  • If an e-mail or text offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • Never e-mail or text personal financial information
  • Don’t open e-mail or attachments from senders you don’t know
  • Never respond to unsolicited e-mail or click a link within a suspicious e-mail or text message
  • Use secure messaging when it’s available. Our online and mobile services have a secure messaging feature which requires you to log in. Once logged in, messages sent within our system are secure

Offline security tips

  • Carefully review the transactions on your statement every month
  • Download the Greater Alliance FCU Mobile Banking App and check your account activity daily
  • Secure incoming and outgoing mail to prevent theft
  • Check your credit report annually for unauthorized activity and incorrect information
  • Destroy old paperwork containing personal information
  • Never carry your Social Security card or SSN in your wallet or purse
  • Never use your Social Security number or driver’s license number on checks