Alerts & Notices
Cyber Tips for Holiday Shopping
Online shopping increases in popularity more and more each day, but so do the dangers and chances of being a cyber victim.
When purchasing online this holiday season and all year long, keep these tips in mind to help minimize your risk:
- Do not use public computers or public wireless internet access for your online shopping
- Secure your computer and mobile devices
- Use strong passwords
- Know your online shopping merchants
- Pay online with one credit card
- Do not respond to pop-ups
- Look for "https" in the internet address address (URL) when making an online purchase
- Do not auto-save your personal information
- Use common sense to avoid scams
- Review privacy policies
If you encounter a problem or do fall for an internet shopping scam please contact us and the seller.
You can also contact the following:
- Your State's Attorney General's Office or Consumer Protection Agency
- The Better Business Bureau
- The Federal Trade Commission
Safe and Secure Online-Seniors
Learn how to be safe and secure while connecting with friends and family in this new digital age.
- Always think before you click.
- Make sure you keep your computer and software updated.
- Create Strong and unique passwords.
- Do not post sensitive information on social media sites.
- Know who you are speaking and connecting with.
- It is better to question what you see in e-mails and pop-ups.
- Be mindful of email and phone call fraud attempts.
- Like always "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is"
October National Cyber Security Awareness Month
The Following are some tips so you and your personal information is secure:
- Always be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls
- Never Open emails from unknown senders.
- Be careful, read the email and look for grammar errors and misspelled words.
- Install security software and keep it up to date
- Back up any data and scan your systems regularly
- Do not Post or provide personal information, such as addresses, phone numbers, social security etc.
- Make Passwords long and strong
- Always be smart about using your devices; do not connect to unknown WiFi connections.
IRS Phishing and Online Scams:
Please be aware a combination of calls, emails and text messages that appear to be from the IRS are going around. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text, or social media. They are trying to lure people to a malicious website or to provide personal and financial information. Always know who your are speaking with or what sites you are clicking on.
- Don't Reply to unknown emails or text
- Don't open any attachments
- Don't click on any links
- Be Skeptical; it’s best to doubt the legitimacy of the call
- Always check the source
- Never send money to receive money
Malware affecting Microsoft Windows
New Malware Code Dridex is a bank credential-stealing malware. It's purpose is to infect computers and obtain user id's and passwords to enable withdrawals from victim's accounts. This is also known as a Banking Trojan. You can be affected by Dridex through phishing email messages. Be careful, these emails seem legitimate and entice you to click on a link which leads to a malicious file. Once your computer is infected with Dridex your information is vulnerable.
- Use and maintain anti-virus software
- Change your passwords frequently
- Keep your system up to date
- Always be cautious when opening emails from an unknown sender
A new series of Android vulnerabilities cause concern for users with versions 1.0 of the OS to the latest 5.1.1. Over 1 billion devices have been affected, and can allow an attacker to trick you into visiting malicious web sites. This is known as Stage-fright 2.0, and as of October 5th, Google said that they will be working on a fix and a new monthly Android security update.
- The linked article will provide additional details:
- As always be aware of open wireless connections and make sure you are connected through a secure connection, this can prevent attackers from intercepting an internet connection.
Below are some consumer tips when using government services or contacting agencies online:
- Use search engines or other websites to research the advertised services or person/company you plan to deal with.
- Search the Internet for any negative feedback or reviews on the government services company, their Web site, their e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, or other searchable identifiers.
- Research the company policies before completing a transaction.
- Be cautious when surfing the Internet or responding to advertisements and special offers.
- Be cautious when dealing with persons/companies from outside the country.
- Maintain records for all online transactions.
As a consumer, if you suspect you are a victim of an Internet-related crime, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.
Visit Colonial Federal's Privacy & Security page for security tips and your responsibilities.