Pro­tect your iden­tity, data

The Taos News - - BUSINESS -

Cen­tinel Bank and ICBA are re­mind­ing con­sumers to pro­tect their per­sonal data on­line.

“Ed­u­cat­ing cus­tomers about ac­count se­cu­rity and cy­ber threats is some­thing we all must be con­scious about if we want to re­duce the risk of sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion be­ing ex­ploited for crim­i­nal use,” said Isaiah Ortega, Chief In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer and vice pres­i­dent at Taos-based Cen­tinel Bank.

There are steps con­sumers can take to re­duce their chances of be­com­ing a vic­tim of iden­tity theft or fraud. ICBA en­cour­ages con­sumers to:

• En­able the strong­est au­then­ti­ca­tion tools of­fered by their bank. Pop­u­lar au­then­ti­ca­tion meth­ods in­clude multi-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion, bio­met­rics, se­cu­rity keys and sin­gle-use codes.

• Use com­plex pass­words and use dif­fer­ent ones for each site.

• Do a sys­tem check. Purge un­used apps and sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion stored in old files and emails. En­sure all soft­ware on in­ter­net-con­nected de­vices has cur­rent se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion soft­ware.

• Check bank state­ments reg­u­larly to en­sure the pur­chases are le­git­i­mate.

• Read the fine print when pur­chas­ing items on­line. Often a web­site or ap­pli­ca­tion will ask for per­mis­sion to save ac­count in­for­ma­tion.

• 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.

File photo

Fire­fight­ers work to stop the Trail Canyon fire on Tues­day (Sept. 22).

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