ONLINE SECURITY

The internet has brought enormous benefits, from enabling individuals to communicate, shop and bank online to making it easier for businesses to trade across borders.

 

Unfortunately, however, it is also a breeding ground for criminals intent on making money. It provides opportunities for them to:

 

  • Infect your computer or mobile and tablet device with malware and steal your identity

  • Send you spam and scam emails

  • Trick you into visiting fake websites and handing over personal information

  • Hack into your wireless network and intercept your data, such as passwords and usernames

  • Take over your computer and use it to attack other people’s computers

 

Protect yourself online

 

There are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself online, whether you are a business owner or a private individual. There is always more that you can do, but we suggest you follow the guidelines below as a minimum.

 

Password tips

 

When creating passwords, remember the following things:

 

  • Keep them to yourself. No one at AMERICORP will ever ask you for your password for access to any account

  • Make them hard to guess

  • Vary them. Try to use different passwords for different services

  • Change your passwords regularly

  • Never write them down