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GFA Keeps Your Tech Protected

October is Cybersecurity month and GFA wants to help you take steps to protect yourself and prevent cyber-attacks.

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We use our devices all day every day at home, school, work and even in our vehicles as we travel. Not only are we using our phones as our personal computers but even our refrigerators and coffee makers are connected to the internet. Technology has become such an intrinsic part of our everyday lives and it is important that we take the responsible actions necessary to ensure that our technology is working for us and not against us! 
With the help of our Chief Technology Officer we have compiled a list of tech do’s and don’ts to help keep you informed in the know when it comes to the technology in your hands.
  • Use UNIQUE passwords for each online account - don't reuse!
  • To help remember and store passwords securely, use a password vault such as LastPass which allows you to access your passwords from any device
  • Use STRONG passwords with upper and lower case letters, numbers, special characters, and spaces if allowed - longer the better!
  • Use two-factor authentication if available, such as Google Authenticator or Duo, or at the very least a text-based SMS message to your smartphone
  • Use biometrics if available, i.e. fingerprint or retina scans
  • Keep device software updated and set your device to automatic updates if possible
  • DO NOT click on links in emails from people you don't know - if you are unsure of the validity of the email, simply call the sender to verify - Think Before You Click!
  • Install antivirus and antimalware programs on PC's, Mac's, and laptops - also, don't let the subscriptions lapse or they will become obsolete within just a couple of weeks
  • Be cautious of unsecured public Wi-Fi - consider using a VPN service such as Nord VPN or Private Internet Access VPN - these will help "hide" any data transmitted over the connection
  • Periodically check and set security and privacy settings for online accounts
  • BACKUP your data either through an online service (SugarSync, DropBox or Carbonite) or at the very least use an encrypted external drive (hard drive or flash drive)
  • NEVER give out your passwords to anyone, especially someone calling on the phone 
If you suspect that you are a victim of a cyber attack or your identity has been stolen, contact local law enforcement immediately and file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint (IC3)
Keeping our members informed and protected is how GFA provides Better Banking.

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