Unfortunately, identity theft happens too often for it to be ignored. Victims are left with the hassle of dealing with damage caused by greedy criminals. Using these tips to protect your bank or credit union account will help ensure that you do not become a target of identity theft.
Protect Your Password
It is not at all uncommon for small, hard-to-find cameras to be installed at locations like store registers or ATMs that capture your information. When you are typing in your password, it is recommended that you cover it with your other hand to keep it out of view of potential identity thieves.
Use Odd Hints
It is common protocol for banks and credit unions to ask you for more information when you forget your password. It is recommended that you pick the most uncommon security questions, otherwise criminals can usually find the answers to some of the more frequently used ones. Researching the year and model of your first car will be harder to find than your mother’s maiden name.
Hiding Your Personal Information
One way to conceal sensitive information is to make sure to shred all papers before tossing them out. Dumpster diving is a common practice, and by shredding your documents, you can help to deter any information being pulled from the trash. In addition, it is recommended that you avoid accessing your accounts using public Wi-Fi, since it is not protected. Similarly, encrypting your home Wi-Fi network will help hide your information.
Westmark Credit Union values the safety and protection of its members. For more than 60 years, we have been providing our members with secure financial services. We offer great deals on credit cards, car loans, and much more. If you would like to learn more information about the services we provide, feel free to stop by any of our convenient locations. We have 10 conveniently located branches in Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Pocatello, Rigby, Rexburg, Nampa, Eagle and Meridian or call us at (208) 523-1071/(800)-574-5626.