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