September 27, 2017

Concerned about data breaches? Read our tips below to learn more about breaches and how to protect yourself.

Update passwords. If you use the same password across multiple sites, you should update your passwords with unique passwords for each site.

Never give out your personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited phone call, text or email, no matter how official it may seem.

Do not respond to an email that may warn of dire consequences or click on a suspicious link or popup. Contact the company to confirm the email’s validity using a telephone number or website you know to be genuine. Clicking on a link could give a criminal access to your personal information or direct you to a malicious site that encourages you to provide sensitive information.

Check your credit card and bank account statements regularly and look for unauthorized transactions, even small ones. Report discrepancies immediately.

When submitting financial information on a website, look for the padlock or key icon at the top or bottom of your browser, and make sure the internet address begins with "https." This signals that your information is secure during transmission.

Report suspicious activity to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center at

If you believe you have responded to a spoofed email, contact your bank immediately so they can protect your account and your identity. For information on identity theft, visit the American Bankers Association's consumer page on identity theft and see additional resources on phishing at

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