Cyber Security IQ
What steps are you taking to protect yourself online?
At PNC, your account and data security are important to us. While we take steps to make it easy for you to safely bank online, it is important for you to remain alert and follow best practices when it comes to your security and privacy.
Review our tips for protecting your identiy, accounts and devices.
Create original passwords that contain uncommon combinations of numbers, letters and symbols. A unique, complex password will help keep your account secure.
Scrap the Paper
Sensitive account information may be written on paper receipts and statements.
To avoid possible fraud, utilize online statements at PNC.com.
To more effectively monitor your account, set up PNC Alerts to be informed of important account activity.
Before entering electronic payment information online, including mobile payment applications, verify you are using a secure website.
Check Your Texts
Do not reply to any unusual or urgent text messages from unknown senders. Be cautious of text messages from 5-digit numbers that include links, as they may be fraudulent. When in doubt, contact the company directly using a known phone number.
Be cautious of sharing private account information with third-party companies, including mobile device applications, as it may put your funds at risk.
Strengthen Your Protection
Install anti-virus software on every device. This helps protect mobile devices and tablets, in addition to laptop and desktop computers.
Avoid Risky Wifi
Within public Wifi networks, your devices may be vulnerable to Internet hackers. Only connect to private and secure networks to better protect your online activity.
Maintain Your Privacy in Public
Do not access private account information in public as others may be able to view sensitive financial information without your consent.
Do not share sensitive information such as passwords and account numbers on social media platforms as this may make it easier for hackers to access your finances.
Personalize Security Steps
Add personalized security questions to your account log in for an extra level of protection. Avoid questions that may be common knowledge and opt for more specific answers.
- Change your passwords frequently, even if not prompted.
- When you can't avoid paper statements or receipts, make sure to shred them when disposing.
- Avoid using your debit card for online purchases, instead use a credit card or secure payment system like Visa Checkout.
- Install software updates on all devices when alerted they are available. These can often times include new security enhancements.
- Select the strictest security and privacy settings available on social media sites and apps.
- Pay close attention to email addresses of inbound mail for misspelling of names or organizations, even if the sender is known to you. A slight irregularity could indicate a phishing or spoofing attempt.
- Alerts like foreign transactions, online purchases and purchases over a specified dollar amount can help you to be on the lookout for the unusual types of account activity fraudsters engage in.
- Limit check-ins or updates of your location through social media. Indicating you are away from home could serve as an invitation for unwanted guests back home.
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