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Protecting Yourself Online

Your security is important and First PREMIER Bank goes to great links to protect your financial information and privacy. Here are a few simple things you can also do to help protect your account information. For additional information you can visit these websites: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Cybersecurity Alliance, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Protecting Your Financial Information

  • Be attentive to bank scams and phishing, where criminals attempt to trick you into revealing your personal or account information by phone, unencrypted email, text, chat or social media.
  • First PREMIER Bank will never request your card, password, pin or secure information in an unsolicited manner.
  • Use Multi-factor Authentication on your online accounts. Multi-factor authentication means you need to pass another layer of authentication, not just a username and password, to get into your accounts. Multi-factor authentication can be via text, email or phone call.
  • Use a payment application where possible (Apple Pay, PayPal, Samsung Pay) to limit the number of websites you enter your payment information.
  • Review your account and identify odd charges - even a small fraudulent charge is significant.
  • Memorize your Debit PIN number and/or store it securely and separately from your card.
  • Actively lock and unlock lost or stolen debit cards via online or mobile banking.
  • Use account spending and balance alerts/notifications to monitor your account for suspicious activity. 
  • Check your credit report frequently, using a credit report service such as annualcreditreport.com, freecreditreport.com or creditkarma.com.
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Protecting Your Personal Information

  • Keep personal documents, bank and card statements and credit cards in a secure location.
  • Shred documents and papers that contain sensitive information before discarding.
  • Never carry your social security card. Only provide the number when justifiably necessary.
  • Place outgoing U.S. mail in a secure collection box or U.S. post office mail slot.
  • Use firewalls and anti-virus software to protect your computer from hacking and malware.
  • Always do the necessary software updates on all your internet connected devices. Many of these updates contain critical security updates. Don't forget routers, modems and any other smart devices.
  • Consider using different emails for accounts.
  • Always use a passcode lock on your mobile or tablet device. When possible, use fingerprint or facial ID authentication.
  • Make sure you've configured each social media site so that your posts aren't public. Think twice before revealing too much in a post since your friends might share it with others.
  • Whenever you connect to the Internet using a free or public Wi-Fi network, use a virtual private network or VPN. This will add a level of security and privacy.
  • Clear your browser cache. Your internet browsing history - known as your cache - could point to your home address, family information or other personal data.
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Be Scam Aware

Your best defense is being cautious!

  • Check all emails carefully before clicking on any links or opening any files.
  • Avoid clicking on links in text messages from unknown senders and do not reveal personal or financial information in email.
  • Don't respond to texts, phone calls or email solicitations asking for your pin, account number or social security number.
  • Don't click on unsubscribe links on emails you didn't sign up to receive. Report it as spam and delete it.
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Password Best Practices

  • Create passwords with more than eight characters. Include a mix of capital and lowercase letter, symbols and punctuation.
  • Use different passwords across devices and services.
  • Do not include guessable words, like "password”, family or pet names.
  • Never use your birthdate or phone number as your password.

 

Tools to Help You

Proactively utilize First PREMIER Bank's tools & resources:

Safeguard Business Accounts

Businesses should consider these additional products:

  • Use Positive Pay, a powerful, affordable fraud monitoring solution for small and large businesses.
  • Leverage ACH Online to streamline, automate and secure employee payroll and vendor payments.
  • Consider Remote Deposit for depositing large numbers of checks securely, accurately and efficiently.