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How to Change Your Login ID

Posted by Diana Burrell on Feb 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

You may not be aware of this, but if you're using your name or email addresses as login IDs for your financial accounts, you could be putting yourself at risk for fraud. That's because chances are good your name, email addresses, and other identifying information are out on the Dark Web, thanks to the numerous data breaches in past years. All a wily criminal has to do is mine this data for personally identifying information, then start hacking sites until they hit gold.

Don't make it easy for these scoundrels: make your login IDs unique and complex to baffle anyone other than yourself.

While we can't tell you how to change your login IDs with other institutions, here's how to change yours easily with Hanscom FCU:

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Topics: Hanscom FCU, Security, Scams

Scam Alert: Beware of Session Hijacking

Posted by Monica Parks on Feb 5, 2020 7:00:00 AM

I like to think that I’m tech savvy and well informed for someone not formally educated in or working in the tech space, but I recently learned about a sophisticated scamming technique that shocked me. It's called "session hijacking," and here's how it happens.

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Topics: Security, Business, Scams, Work

4 Best Practices to Protect Your Online Access HD Account

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 21, 2020 2:11:19 PM

We've been alerted to a scam that's targeting financial institutions across the U.S. While we have no reports of our members being victimized, we urge you to remain vigilant about protecting your personal information. Here's a brief description of what's happening, called "credential stuffing," and what you can do to make sure your accounts remain secure.

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Topics: Security, Scams, Online Banking

How to Protect Yourself From Mobile App Fraud

Posted by Monica Parks on Jan 15, 2020 11:29:22 AM

I love burritos, but I had to delete an app developed by a chain restaurant that allowed me a convenient way to get my burrito fix. I’ve been putting it off for months, but I finally decided that the convenience wasn’t worth the risk. Let me explain.

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Topics: Security, Credit Cards, Scams

How Your Credit Union Protects Your Accounts From a Cyberattack

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Jan 10, 2020 8:52:08 AM

We recently had a member reach out to us to ask if we are prepared for a possible cyberattack. The member had been following recent headlines about international unrest and was concerned about the safety of the credit union. If you, like this member, have ever questioned whether Hanscom Federal Credit Union is taking measures to protect against such an attack, we assure you that we take cybersecurity very seriously. In this blog post, we will explain the safeguards that we exercise and share five things you can do now to protect your accounts.

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Topics: Security

Fraud Alert: Here's Why You Shouldn't Abbreviate 2020

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 3, 2020 8:45:38 AM

Police departments around the country are warning citizens in their communities to avoid abbreviating 2020 when they're writing out dates, especially on checks, contracts, and other important legal and financial documents. 

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Topics: Security, Personal Finance

Protect Yourself From Home Equity and HELOC Scams

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Dec 21, 2019 6:45:00 AM

A deed of entrust, including your home equity loan or line of credit (HELOC), is recorded for public record upon closing a loan, which means anyone, including a scam artist, can take a look at that record at your town hall. They can find out how much you borrowed and glean other personal information they can then use to rip you off.

Since a home equity loan or HELOC represent a large chunk of money, it's important to safeguard it from crooks. Here's how:

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Topics: Security, Home

What You Need to Know Now About Bluetooth Security

Posted by Jared Robinson on Dec 4, 2019 7:15:00 AM

Bluetooth technology, which has been around since 1989, has experienced explosive growth in use over the past decade due to the combination of lower-priced hardware hitting the market and innovations in power consumption and range, thanks to products like Apple’s AirPods.  Legislation in many states restricting use of cell phones while driving — including here in Massachusetts very soon — means that Bluetooth has become the de facto standard to listen to and communicate through cell phones.

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Topics: Security

Protect Yourself From Holiday Shopping Scams

Posted by Diana Burrell on Nov 23, 2019 8:30:00 AM

While you're shopping for the hottest tech and sweetest deals this holiday season, fraudsters are shopping for something far more lucrative: your personal information, including your login ids and passwords for popular shopping sites, credit card details, security information, and other valuable bits of information they can use illegally. 

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Topics: Security

3 Tips to Create Stronger Passwords

Posted by Diana Burrell on Nov 15, 2019 3:36:28 PM

I found out awhile ago that a favorite password had been compromised in a data breach. Yes, I'm hanging in my head in shame because I know now that I shouldn't have a favorite password. But I did, and my punishment was a few hours of my time spent changing all of my passwords to reduce the risk of being hacked in the future. (If you're wondering why it's a bad idea to reuse passwords, it's because once a hacker knows a password, they'll use it to try to break into other accounts you own.)

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Topics: Security

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