I’ve heard from some of you who are concerned about the recent spate of data breaches. You wonder about the safety of your Credit Union information. You’ve inquired how to best protect yourselves.
If you’re a bit miffed by the nuisances of data robberies, you’re not alone. It seems these kinds of interruptions are in the news every month. It’s not just small businesses that are vulnerable to the bad guys. Some very big international companies have fallen prey to thieves. When these break-ins happen, there’s a cascade result that affects everyone in the data channel.
The way you often find out about a data breach is when your Credit Union sends you a notification and a new plastic card. The news media usually figures out who the responsible party is and points a finger at the culprit.
We’ve hired some really smart people to protect your personal information at the Credit Union. We’ve installed layers upon layers of firewalls, intrusion detections and data leak tools to safeguard your information. We run our employees through social engineering drills and training to root out backdoor weaknesses.
But, there’s something you can do to help. Be vigilant. If thieves can’t steal your information from the Credit Union’s systems, they’ll try to swindle you. Some crooks will try to imitate the Credit Union in email or text to gain access to your accounts. Others will call you with a bogus story hoping you let your guard down. Don’t fall for it.
You can protect yourself. If a person claiming to be a Credit Union representative reaches out to you and requests your personal information, it’s probably a con. We’ll never call and ask for your Social Security Number. Now, if you call us, we may ask for personal information to make sure you are who you say you are. That’s different. You called us.
We do everything in our power to protect your personal information. You can help us by being cautious, too.