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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
In this Information Age, your personal data exists digitally. Keeping your information secure is a team effort between First State Bank and you.
First State Bank Works Hard to Protect Your Data
We take data security very seriously and use many systems to protect your information, including employee training and accountability, strict privacy policies, rigorous security standards, encryption, and fraud monitoring and detection software. If a data breach were to occur, banks have a regulatory system in place requiring us to address cyber threats and notify customers immediately.
You Have an Important Role in Protecting Your Data
The single most important thing you can do to protect your data is to check your bank and credit card accounts often for suspicious activity. Report discrepancies immediately. The bank will take measures to recover your loss and protect your account. You can also report suspicious activity to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center at www.ic3.gov.
Other ways you can greatly improve your security include:
- Update passwords regularly and use unique passwords for different websites.
- Never give out your personal information in response to an unsolicited phone call, text or email, no matter how official it may seem.
- Do not respond to an email that may warn of dire consequences or click on a suspicious link or popup. Contact the company to confirm the email’s validity using a phone number or website you know to be genuine.
- Look for the padlock or key icon at the top or bottom of your browser, and make sure the internet address begins with “https.” This signals that your information is secure during transmission.
Our customers’ trust is First State Bank’s most valuable asset. We work hard during National Cyber Security Awareness month—and every month—to keep your data safe.