Malware: What to do if you have it, and how to avoid it.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 in Featured, Online Security, Peoples Bank News |

How did this happen to me? A word about how to avoid malware. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, many of the crimes committed online or via the internet start with malicious software known as “malware” – software, viruses and/or other programs that record or pass along your computer activity. Sneaky web links or deceptive registration screens are the typical means of installation. Most people who have malware on their computer...

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Protecting Yourself from SMiShing and Vishing

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 in Featured, Online Security, Peoples Bank News |

(Before you ask, no, that headline does not contain a typo!) For years, Peoples Bank has informed customers and others in the community about phishing, where fraudsters “go fishing” to catch people unaware and steal their personal information by means of a fraudulent email. Like most criminal activity, fraudulent techniques have advanced and acquired new names. Identity theft techniques have kept pace with people’s use of...

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Your password needs a password

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Featured, Online Security, Peoples Bank News |

Your bank and your email provider know a thing or two about passwords so they know that to really protect you, your password needs a password. Cyber criminals have developed the tools they need to crack just about any password. In fact, the question isn’t whether they can crack it, but how long it will take them to do so. That’s why Peoples Bank recommends that a password be “long and strong”, the longer and stronger the...

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How do you know if you have been hacked?

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 in Featured, Online Security |

All this talk about how everybody is vulnerable to being hacked; how do I find out if it happened to me? The Director of the FBI famously said that all the big companies in the country have been hacked, some just don’t know it yet. Strong words. With such widespread criminal behavior, against heavily protected organizations, it makes sense that every person with a computer should know how to figure out if he or she have been hacked. You...

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You’ve been hacked. Now what?

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 in Featured, Online Security, Peoples Bank News |

Here’s what to do if you are the victim of a cybercrime. Peoples Bank invests significant resources to protect itself against cybercrime, and in so doing, protects you. The bank also distributes important information to help community businesses and consumers stay safe from cyber criminals. Despite all effort, some cybercrimes succeed. Here’s what to do if it has happened to you. What is cybercrime? Crimes committed via the...

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Credit Freeze: your ultimate deterrent against identity theft

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in Featured, Online Security, Peoples Bank News |

If you are living in the US, thieves probably have some, if not all, of the information they need to steal your identity, security professionals report. The questions is what to do about it. Experts say that it is very likely that stolen information exists about all of us to one degree or another. According to Redmond Magazine, “using stolen data to legitimately bypass security procedures [means] it’s hard to get an initial accurate...

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