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Reusing passwords for multiple online accounts could put your information at risk. Create a new/original password for each account and keep a list of your login credentials and/or passwords in a location that's not near your computer. Don't make it easy for potential fraudsters to access your information!
This holiday season, it's smart to check your credit card and bank accounts frequently. These are often the first indicators that your account information or identity has been stolen. (If there's a discrepancy, make sure report it immediately!) Also, you can use mobile banking or the Central State Bank app to set an alert that will notify you of any transactions over a certain dollar amount. Click here to learn how!
Make sure to set your devices to “ask” before joining new wireless networks so you don’t unknowingly connect to an insecure or fraudulent hot spot. Public Wi-fi and hotspots should never be used for shopping, logging into key accounts (like banking and email), or checking sensitive emails.
It's easy to support your favorite charitable organizations this time of year! During the holiday season, vendors may ask you to "round up" your purchase to the nearest dollar, and donate the difference to a designated nonprofit group. Amazon will also donate a portion of your purchase to the charitable organization of your choice when you shop through smile.amazon.com. Just make sure that the group is legitimate; HERE are some tips from the FTC about how to avoid holiday charity scams.