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First Security and ICBA Provide Tips for Safeguarding Sensitive Data

First Security and ICBA Provide Tips for Safeguarding Sensitive Data

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Month in October, First Security and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) are reminding consumers of simple steps they can take to safeguard their sensitive data when making purchases online or via a smart device and what to do if they suspect their information has been compromised.

“Educating customers about account security and cyber threats is something we all must be conscious about if we want to reduce the risk of sensitive information being exploited for criminal use,” said Brad McKenzie, VP/Information Services atFirst Security. “We take great care in handling our customers’ sensitive information and want to equip them with practical steps they can take to help strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity ecosystem and avoid falling prey to identity theft and fraud this holiday season.”

There are steps consumers can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud. ICBA and First Security encourage consumers to:

  • Enable the strongest authentication tools offered by their bank. Popular authentication methods include biometrics, security keys and single-use codes.
  • Use complex passwords and differentiate them across multiple platforms. For example, customers should use one password for their online bank account and another for their email account.
  • Do a system check. Purge unused apps and outdated or sensitive information stored in old files and emails and ensure all software on internet-connected devices is current.

Consumers can also make sure their account has not been compromised by taking the following steps:

  • Check bank statements regularly to ensure the purchases are legitimate.
  • Read the fine print when purchasing items online. Often a website or application will ask for permission to save account information.
  • Stay vigilant. Be mindful when shopping online and look for signs of illegitimate websites. Spelling or grammatical errors, missing contact information, and suspicious URLs or email addresses are all red flags.

Learn more about how to protect your digital life during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by checking out First Security’s latest video regarding the security benefits offered through the bank’s free mobile app. You can find it by visiting www.youtube.com/fsbt1. First Security also offers free ID theft protection and resolution through CyberScout®* to accountholders. Customers also have access to full identity monitoring through FraudScout® for just $6 per month. Visit www.1stsecuritybank.com/security to enroll.

*Identity protection services are available to a spouse and/or immediate family members who live in the household.

About First Security

First Security Bank & Trust has locations across North Central Iowa and headquarters in Charles City. Member FDIC.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 52,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 760,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in five U.S. counties. Holding more than $4.9 trillion in assets, $3.9 trillion in deposits, and $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.

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