Protect yourself against risks.

The following excerpt is from Be Fraud Smart: Protect Yourself, a booklet filled with useful information about keeping you and your identity safe from fraudsters. Download it today.

Life is just a little easier when you use your computer and mobile devices to get things done online. But there are a few simple and sensible things you should do to protect yourself against risks.

• Change your passwords regularly.

• Don’t use the same password for everything.

• Do not use public wifi to access online or mobile banking.

• Never click to accept an e-transfer from someone you do not know.

• Install anti-virus software to protect your data from viruses and malware. Apply security updates as soon as you receive them.

• Install anti-spyware software to keep others from gathering information about your online habits or making unauthorized changes to your computer.

• Implement a firewall to prevent unauthorized access.

• If an email looks suspicious, stop before you click.

– Look carefully at what it claims and think about whether it makes sense.

– Check the branding, language and spelling to judge whether it seems legitimate.

– Call the company and make sure the email came from them.

– Remember that your credit union will never email to confirm your personal information.

– Consider reporting phishing to the Government of Canada Spam Reporting Centre at spam@fightspam.gc.ca. Report additional specifics such as resulting malware infection online at fightspam.gc.ca/src.

• Never click on a banner ad or pop-up window that says Agree, OK or I accept.

Bank Online with Confidence

Casera Credit Union uses a variety of security measures to protect your financial information when banking online. Special encryption software scrambles your information to make sure it cannot be read or changed while being transmitted.