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dmi_2058-1October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Cyber criminals are creating new schemes to trick you into giving away information about your online accounts. These criminals do not discriminate; they target vulnerable computer systems regardless of whether they are part of a large corporation, a small business, or belong to a home user. NCSAM is a good opportunity to recognize how much our daily lives depend upon the Internet and take the appropriate steps to be safer online.

Individuals may now get text messages as well as phone calls and emails asking for your online banking information or credit card. Never give your online banking username or password to anyone for any reason. Metro Credit Union will never call you to request your credit card number.

dmi_778Many people use their mobile devices for online banking, payments, and shopping. Since these activities require users to provide sensitive, personal data, it is important to be aware of the risks and protect yourself from being a victim of cyber fraud. Don’t be fooled, read Mobile Payments and Banking tips from the Department of Homeland Security.

By taking simple steps when you are online, like enabling a stronger authentication on your sensitive online accounts, being thoughtful about what emails you open and links you click, and setting strong passwords, you can play your role in creating a safer and more secure Internet.  Visit Metro’s Simple Guide to Protecting Yourself.

Stop cyber criminals cold by being aware. To prevent fraud and ensure that your money is safe, certain security features are applied to your Metro Credit Union debit and credit card.  Any time you notice fraudulent transactions, contact Metro immediately at 402-551-3052.

Check out more resources from the Department of Homeland Security about being cyber aware.