Stephanie Schwenn Sebring

Safeguard Your Accounts This Summer

Summer means traveling and spending time outside. Along with the fun, remember to take a few extra precautions to keep your accounts safe.

Our Top Ten List For Summer Safety

sunflower#1 Direct Deposit. If you don’t already, ensure incoming deposits are made through direct deposit, so checks are not left unattended in your mailbox.

#2 ATM Access. Be comfortable in your surroundings before you approach an ATM; be sure the area is well-lit at night and remember to take your receipt after the transaction.

#3 Avoid Carrying Cash. It is best to avoid carrying excess cash. Use your Connexus debit or credit card for primary transactions. If you give your card to an attendant, watch how your card is handled to avoid unauthorized use.

#4 Stop The Mail. If you plan to be gone for an extended period, it’s easy to have the Postal Service hold your mail. This prevents opportunistic crooks from stealing checks or other sensitive documents.

#5 eStatements & Alerts. Both are useful online tools that help you to monitor your accounts for fraudulent activity.

#6 Balance Notifications. Not only do they help you to track balances (which can assist with purchase decisions), but can alert you to suspicious activity.

#7 Notify Your Credit Union. If you are planning a trip outside of the United States, contact your credit and debit card holders to avoid any account holds while abroad. Completing a Connexus travel form in advance can help keep you safe and secure.

#8 Mobile Banking. A convenient way to bank, use your mobile device to stay in touch with your Connexus accounts, 24/7.

#9 Leave Your Laptop Home. It contains sensitive information, which, in the wrong hands, can compromise personal data – including passwords and online shopping activity. If you choose to travel with your laptop or tablet, be sure to password protect the device.

#10 Change Passwords Frequently. Often overlooked, when you use difficult and frequently updated passwords it keeps criminals at bay. Try using alpha numeric combinations; and, avoid saving your passwords on mobile devices.

Visit the Connexus Security Center for more tips. If you have questions regarding the well-being of your account, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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