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7 Tips to Avoid Online Fraud
In recognition of ID Theft & Protection Month in December, Marquette Bank is highlighting seven tips to help consumers protect themselves from online fraud.
“The Internet has become one of the most popular tools used to commit fraud and criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated with their hacking techniques,” said Betty Harn, Executive Vice President of Retail Banking. “As a result, it’s extremely important for consumers to secure their wireless networks and filter the amount of personal information they choose to divulge online.”
Marquette Bank recommends the following tips to keep you safe online:
Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date
. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
Set strong passwords
. A strong password is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
Watch out for phishing scams.
Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from sources you are not familiar with.
Forward phishing emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at
– and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the email.
Keep personal information personal
. Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
Secure your internet connection
. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it.
Before shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.
Read the site’s privacy policies.
For more useful Cyber Security information, visit our Security Center
. If you think that you have become a victim of cybercrime, contact your bank and credit card issuers immediately so they can start working on closing your accounts and clearing your name. You can contact Marquette Bank directly at 1-888-254-9500.
For more advice, contact the FTC’s ID Theft Consumer Response Center at 1-877-ID THEFT (1-877-438-4338) or visit their website at
. You can also report identity theft and get a recovery plan at
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