Cybersecurity Month

Cybersecurity Month

October 1, 2020

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Month in October, Bank of the Valley and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) are reminding consumers of practical steps to proactively safeguard their sensitive data or mitigate their losses if they suspect their information has been compromised.

ICBA and Bank of the Valley encourage consumers to take the following steps to reduce their likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud:

  • Enable the strongest authentication tools offered by your bank. Popular authentication methods include biometrics, security keys, and single-use codes.
  • Use complex passwords and differentiate them across multiple platforms. For example, customers should use one password for their online bank account and another for an email account.
  • Do a system check. Purge unused apps and outdated or sensitive information stored in old files and emails and ensure all software on internet-connected devices are current.

Consumers can also make sure their account has not been compromised by taking the following steps:

  • Check bank statements regularly to ensure noted purchases are legitimate.
  • Read the fine print when purchasing items online. Often a website or application will ask for permission to save account information.
  • Stay vigilant. Be mindful when shopping online and look for signs of illegitimate websites. Spelling or grammatical errors, missing contact information, and suspicious URLs or email addresses are all red flags.

Learn more about how to protect your digital life during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by visiting the Stay Safe Online website