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CYBERSECURITY WHILE TRAVELING

Cybersecurity should not be limited to the home, office, or classroom. It is important to practice safe online behavior and secure our Internet-enabled mobile devices whenever we travel, as well. The more we travel and access the Internet on the go, the more cyber risks we face. No one is exempt from the threat of cyber crime, at home or on the go, but you can follow these simple tips to stay safe online when traveling.

 

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Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety

Every day, parents and caregivers teach kids basic safety practices ‒ like looking both ways before crossing the street and holding an adult’s hand in a crowded place. Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with parents leading the way. Learning good cybersecurity practices can also help set a strong foundation for a career in the industry. With family members using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat or shop for the latest connected toy, it is vital to make certain that the entire household ‒ including children – learn to use the internet safely and responsibly and that networks and mobile devices are secure. Click here for more information about basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can deploy to protect their homes against cyber threats.

 

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Be Aware of the Microsoft Phone Scam

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had a number of customers reach out to us after being impacted by a Microsoft phone scam. Victims of the scam receive a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft technical support. The tech specialist walks you through a number of steps to “fix” something on your computer or may request additional personal information. According to Microsoft, once the scammer has access to the PC, they can do any of the following:

  • Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
  • Convince you to visit legitimate websites (like www.ammyy.com) to download software that will allow them to take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
  • Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
  • Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.

Remember, Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication with Microsoft must be initiated by you. If you do receive a call, please write down the phone number and contact local authorities. 

For more information on phone scams and how to report them, visit Microsoft.com. 

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DEBIT CARD PIN – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Our debit cards will now require a PIN in order to complete transactions at a number of merchant locations. Points West encourages customers to always use a PIN and run each transaction as debit instead of credit. Protect yourself further by keeping your PIN a secret, being smart when shopping online and keeping an eye on the money in your accounts.

If you want an easy and secure way to make everyday purchases, the Points West Community Bank Debit Card is the clear and simple choice.

  • Control your spending
  • 24/7-online account access
  • No fees

Lost or Stolen ATM or VISA Debit Card?

Contact your local branch or for after hours reporting call: 1-800-535-8440.

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