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Protect Yourself by Controlling Online Risks

New supervisory guidance recently issued by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) is designed to help make online transactions more secure. The new guidance is in response to an ever more dangerous online threat environment. Scams and hacking techniques are more sophisticated, new threats are continually being developed and organized crime groups both in the United States and internationally have become a major force in expanding online fraud and theft.  

 

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Keeping Your Money Safe Online

As scams and hacking techniques become more and more sophisticated, new online threats are continually being developed, both in the United States and internationally. Organized cyber crime groups have become a major force in expanding online fraud and theft. In response to ever evolving threats to your financial security, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has recently issued new supervisory guidance designed to help make online transactions more secure.   

 

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FDIC Tips for Young Adults

The FDIC published a collection of simple tips for young adults and teens on saving and managing money and avoiding financial scams. The fall 2012 edition of FDIC Consumer News also includes suggestions for parents and caregivers on saving for a child's future and teaching youngsters about money. 

 

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Protect Yourself Online

Internet Security:

  • Never share personal or payment information via email. Regular email is not secure and can be intercepted.
  • Practice extreme caution when using public computers. You may be at risk when using public computers-such as those in hotels, libraries, or internet cafes. Spyware may have been installed and by entering private information you are at risk of having it stolen.
  • Provide personal information on a web page only if it's secure and you have initiated the contact. Always check for the lock icon or check the site certificate.
  • Keep your passwords secret. Change them regularly, using a mix of numbers and characters.
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Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft on Vacation

Traveling, for business or for pleasure, can increase your exposure to financial risk. Here are some simple tips to protect yourself and reduce the risk of identity theft as you head out on your summer vacation: