There are four main ways to protect your personal information that I would like to share with you from the Federal Trade Commission. To view the entire article visit: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0272-how-keep-your-personal-information-secure
Keep Information Secure Offline
Lock your financial documents and records in a safe place at home, and lock your wallet or purse in a safe place at work.
Limit what you carry. When you go out, take only the identification, credit, and debit cards you need. Leave your Social Security card at home.
Shred receipts, credit offers, credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks, bank statements, expired cards, and similar documents when you don’t need them any longer.
Encrypt Your Data
Keep your browser secure. To guard your online transactions, use encryption software that scrambles information you send over the internet. A “lock” icon on the status bar of your internet browser means your information will be safe when it’s transmitted.
Keep Passwords Private
Use strong passwords with your laptop, credit, bank, and other accounts. Substitute numbers for some words or letters. For example, “I want to see the Pacific Ocean” could become 1W2CtPo.
Use Security Software
Install anti-virus software, anti-spyware software, and a firewall. Set your preference to update these protections often.
Avoid Phishing Emails
Don’t open files, click on links, or download programs sent by strangers. Opening a file from someone you don’t know could expose your system to a computer virus or spyware that captures your passwords or other information you type.
Be Wise About Wi-Fi
Before you send personal information over your laptop or smartphone on a public wireless network in a coffee shop, library, airport, hotel, or other public place, see if your information will be protected. If you use an encrypted website, it protects only the information you send to and from that site.
John J. Shirilla
If you have a question or comment and would like to share it with the President/CEO, you can email him HERE. Your security is our top priority. Please do not include personal information in this email; such as your Account Number or Social Security Number.