Don’t Get Caught in a Cyber P.L.O.T.

We now live in world that is more connected than ever before.  In our daily lives, we connect with friends and family, conduct business, and bank online, relying on many services that are supported with web-based systems.  However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. 

The month of October has been designated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Texas Bank and Trust understands the importance and urgency of educating our customers on cyber-crime and providing our customers with valuable information.  Hopefully, our slogan, “Don’t Get Caught in a Cyber P.L.O.T.,” will bring awareness to the following:

      

            P – Passwords: Set strong passwords and do NOT share them with anyone.

            L – Links:  Do NOT open links that are attached in an email unless you know the sender                     and/or are expecting the information.

             O – Open WIFI:   Avoid unsecure WiFi in hotels, coffee shops, public libraries,                                       shopping malls, airports, when conducting business online with sensitive personal

                    and financial information.

               T – Targeted Attacks:  Be mindful of phishing emails requesting personal                                              information, such as social security numbers, bank account numbers, passwords,

                    etc.  Do NOT give this information to anyone without verifying the validity of the   

                   request. When in doubt, Do NOT Do it!

 

Cyber attacks are increasing as society is more dependent on online systems and digital technology. Each of us has a shared responsibility to protect our electronic devices and personal information.  Remember to limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information. Talk to your family, friends, and co-workers about Internet safety and share your experiences with each other, someone may benefit from your discussion.

There is more information regarding this topic on our Fraud Protection Center, found on our website at www.texasbankandtrust.com and at www.staysafeonline.org. Take the time to visit these sites, become more informed, and take a stand against cyber attacks.