Fight Fraud This Holiday Season
The holiday season is full of giving, receiving… and fraud. CUA works hard to keep you safe with features such as CardLoc, Visa Fraud protection, and 2-factor authentication. But here are some additional tips you can use to help you ward off fraudsters year-round:
- Realize that you are an attractive target to hackers. Don’t ever say, “It won’t happen to me.”
- Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. You can verify the legitimacy of an e-mail over the phone if a trusted phone number is available.
- Sensitive browsing, such as banking or shopping, should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network that you trust. Whether it’s a friend’s phone, a public computer, or a cafe’s free WiFi—your data could be copied or stolen.
- Practice good password management. Avoid using a single word as a password, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites. Don’t share your passwords with others, and don’t write them down.
- Watch what you’re sharing on social networks. Criminals can befriend you and easily gain access to a shocking amount of information—where you go to school, where you work, when you’re on vacation—that could help them gain access to more valuable data.
- Be sure to monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity. If you see something unfamiliar, it could be a sign that you’ve been compromised. If you feel that you have been compromised, please call us at 800.256.8049.
- Make sure your operating system and anti-virus software are up-to-date.
Use the CUA tools available to you and follow these tips to have more time to enjoy this season and less time fretting (about fraud anyway).