USEFUL CYBERSECURITY TIPS
October is National Cybersecurity Month and Plumas Bank and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) want to remind consumers of the shared responsibility to practice strong cybersecurity habits while on the go, in the workplace and at home to avoid becoming victimized by a cyber attack.
“To fight the rising number of cybersecurity incidents, estimated to reach $6 trillion in damages by 2021, we must diligently defend against these bad actors,” said ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey.
“Plumas Bank is proactively sharing cybersecurity resources and helpful information to help our clients and our communities arm themselves with practical tips to help strengthen security safeguards and protect their sensitive information,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Ryback.
To reduce the chances of being victimized both the bank and ICBA encourage consumers to:
– Stay vigilant. Look out for imposter sites and unsolicited emails. Warning signs include spelling or grammatical errors, missing contact information, and suspicious URLs or email addresses.
– Enable the strongest authentication tools offered by their bank. Popular authentication methods include biometrics, security keys and single-use codes through apps or mobile devices.
– Use complex passwords and differentiate them across multiple platforms. Passwords should be complex and include a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
– Do a system check. Purge unused apps and outdated or sensitive information stored in old files and emails and ensure all software on internet-connected devices is current.
– Manage social media settings and minimize information sharing. Just a few data points can create a pathway for exploitation by cyber criminals.
– Use wi-fi judiciously: Limit the type of business conducted over open public wi-fi connections, including logging in to key accounts like banking.
Consumers can also make sure their account has not been compromised by taking the following steps:
– Read the fine print for online purchases. Often a website or application will ask for permission to save account information. Never save credit and debit card information on the merchant’s website or app.
– Strengthen personal networks. Update your systems with the latest security software, web browser and operating systems available.
– Invest in a software security suite that offers real-time protection against existing and emerging malware, including ransomware and viruses to help protect your private and financial data.
– Monitor account activity regularly for transaction irregularities and immediately report any discrepancies to your financial institution.
– Look for special indicators such as web addresses with https:// that denote extra measures taken to help secure your information.
Learn more about how to protect your digital life during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by visiting staysafeonline.org. or plumasbank.com.
MOONS WINTER HOURS
Moons, the restaurant somewhere in Quincy, is now open Thursday through Monday and is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Owner Lisa and Mike Kelly tell us they will have their winter menu available soon and added that they are already booking holiday parties and encourage anyone who might be planning such an event to plan ahead and make those reservations.