Identity theft is something we all have to take precautions against. Approximately 1 in 15 Americans experience some type of identity theft each year.* The most vulnerable of us are the elderly who may not have the knowledge of how to protect against identity theft in an ever-increasing electronic world.
Scams targeting older adults are on the rise. It's a nearly $40 billion industry, and as thieves conjure up new schemes and technology grows at light-speed, the number of scams is likely to increase exponentially. In the face of such growth, how can you protect yourself or older family members from becoming victims to crooks?
Wouldn’t you like to know immediately if someone if trying to tap into your home equity line? You can when you set alerts through Online Access HD on your Hanscom FCU accounts. The alerts will appear by email, text, or phone to let you know, and in seconds, you'll be aware if someone is attempting to guess your login ID or if an invalid password has been submitted.
Do you keep your many passwords in a computer file labeled “passwords”? Do you type in your mother’s maiden name when asked by a security feature? Do you like to do your online holiday shopping while sipping coffee at Panera? If you answered yes to any of these, it is time to update your habits.
Like millions of Americans, I regularly field calls from scammers who threaten me with jail time because I haven't paid my taxes or who tell me the police are coming to my workplace to serve me with papers for a bogus debt. However, earlier this week I got a call from a fraudster who scared me when she said the last four digits of my Social Security number.
Over half of all U.S. adults use online banking services.* Are your concerns about banking online stopping you from joining in? You may be surprised to learn it’s more secure than ever and virtually anything that can be done in-person can now be done, well, virtually. Take a moment to erase your fears and dispel some myths of mobile banking.
Tax season is here, and it’s stressful enough without the threatening and aggressive tactics of scammers impersonating the IRS. In recent years, thousands of people have lost substantial amounts of money, as well as precious personal information, to tax scams. Although you may think you’re too savvy to fall victim, it’s important to remember that every year, criminals find new and creative ways to cheat you out of your money and identity.
While it might not seem like there is much the average person can do to stop ID theft from happening, there are steps individuals can take to minimize personal risk. One of the most practical ones? Ditch the jot-it-down-on-a-notepad method of password tracking in favor of a secure software application that generates and stores passwords on your behalf. In other words, get yourself a password manager, stat.
Several years ago, a thick envelope landed in my mailbox. Its return address was that of the hospital where I’d been receiving treatment. Upon opening the envelope, I was horrified that it contained not only my own medical records, but those of twelve other patients, along with our insurance claims. For some unknown reason, the hospital had put my address on the envelope instead of the claims processor’s address.
I promptly called the hospital to report the erroneous mailing and was instructed to destroy the records, which included patient names, addresses, and their own detailed health information. Several months later, I received a letter from the hospital offering me a year’s worth of free credit protection because of their mistake. What did the hospital do beyond that to secure these wayward records? Nothing. They took my word for it that I'd destroyed the mailing. What if those records had gotten into the hands of someone who wasn't diligent and trustworthy?
It's our responsibility at Hanscom FCU to keep your member information as safe as possible, and it's a responsibility I take seriously. Yes, I get that it can be frustrating to deal with the layers of security required to access your account information. You just want to jump on your computer to check your balance and not have to jump through hoops to do it! But rest assured, these so-called hoops are for protection of your identity and assets. Here are five important ways we keep your online access with us secure: