Safely Surf the Internet

Almost any task can be accomplished on the web these days. We bank, shop, send and receive mail, connect with friends, and even read the paper - all online. As activity increases on the Internet, scams and fraud attempts become more prevalent. By taking extra precautions online, you help to safe guard your personal and financial information.

  1. Be certain you are visiting the official website for the business you want by performing a search or typing in the address. Avoid using links in email or text messages, as those can take you to fraudulent phishing sites.
  2. Do not respond or open suspicious error or warning dialog boxes. If the box appears within the current window, the site you are on could be trying to trick you into download malware. Close the entire browser window to safely leave the site.
  3. Only provide information on pages that start with https:// and have a valid security certificate. Secure sites encrypt the data before it leaves your computer, helping to protect your information.
  4. Maintain a different login and password for each website account you have. Avoid using a social account like Twitter or Facebook to create accounts on other websites. If someone steals your social network login they can access all the other accounts you’ve created with that identity.
  5. Secure your computer by using anti-virus, anti-spyware, and online banking security software. Visit our Safeguard Your Computer pages to learn more.
  6. Keep your system and software up to date by performing regular updates.

Please be aware that email communications are not encrypted or otherwise secure. Please do not use this form to send confidential or personal information.