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Cyber Security Tips for a Safer (and Happier) Holiday Season

Nov 25, 2019, 19:43 PM
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With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be planning on traveling to see family and friends. In between booking your flights and shopping for the perfect gifts, make sure you protect yourself from fraud and identity theft. A few simple cyber security measures will give you peace of mind when traveling this holiday season.

Use public Wi-Fi safely. Public Wi-Fi in hotels, airports and even cafes can be a prime spot for phishing. Phishing is when someone attempts to take sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons. It’s also best not to do banking or access sensitive accounts on a public network. 

Don’t over share on social media. Want thieves to know your house is empty or to know exactly where you are? Be very careful about sharing too much of your travels on social media. Instead, relive the memories and post about them once you’re home.

Notify your credit union of your travels. Inform us that you are traveling and keep an eye on your accounts for fraudulent transactions. The sooner you notice a fraudulent transaction and report it to your bank, the sooner they can stop the scammer and issue you a new card or account. Give us a call at 505-342-8888.

Password protect your devices. If you’re taking any devices on holiday, make sure they are password protected, preferably with two-factor authentication. You can also enable location tracking in the event the device is lost or stolen. 

Whether you're at home or away, U.S. Eagle works hard to protect our members from fraud. Get more fraud prevention tips and learn what to do if you notice suspicious activity on your U.S. Eagle accounts.

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