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 building a foundation to secure and monitor your information.

Building a Foundation

Indicate which steps you are using to help combat and reduce identity fraud:

No Device Left Behind

Install anti-virus software on every device. This includes mobile devices and tablets, not just your laptop or desktop computer.


The best passwords are a minimum of eight characters, contain a mix of letters and numbers, and use words that are not common.

Sender Unknown

Never click on links or open attachments in emails from unknown senders, and ignore and delete unsolicited requests for personal information.

Securing Your Defenses

Indicate which steps you are taking to fortify your defenses:

Layer It Up

Always opt to add, when offered by the manufacturer at account setup time, enhanced security options, such as security questions and security image/caption to your accounts. Your favorite color or kindergarten teacher’s name may help to keep the bad guys away.

Don't Go Public

Limit your use of public or unknown WIFI to those matters not involving personal or account information. This includes online banking and shopping.

(Pad)lock It Up

When entering personal, identifiable information or making purchases online, always look for a padlock symbol next to the address bar of your browser and https:// at the beginning of a web address. This indicates the web site owner has taken the proper steps to assure the page (and your information) is secure.

Monitoring Your Information

Indicate which steps you are taking to remain alert and vigilant:

Stay Alert

When available, add email or text message alerts to your bank accounts and credit cards. These notifications can help alert you to potential fraudulent activity and allow you to react quickly.

Eliminate the Paper Trail

Stop paper statements and receipts, and instead, opt for online notifications. This helps to prevent mailbox pilfering and dumpster diving for your personal information.

Don't Be TOO Social

Use discretion about posting personal information on social networking sites. The little breadcrumbs can be used to make educated guesses about your passwords.


Now that you've checked your cyber security IQ and learned some new tips to help stay secure and protected, share with your friends and family so they can take steps to be safe, too.

Spread the Word


Foundation Builder

Congratulations! You have taken steps to help build a more secure foundation for your finances and online activity.
Remember, new threats are always emerging, and you must continue to remain vigilant.  Additional tips, like these ones, can help:
  • Install software updates on all devices when alerted they are available. These can often times include new security enhancements.
  • Change your password frequently, even if not prompted.
  • 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.


Next: Secure Your Defenses

Defense Securer

Congratulations! You have taken steps to help secure and fortify your cyber defenses.
Remember, new threats are always emerging, and you must continue to remain vigilant. Additional tips, like these ones, can help:
  • Select the strictest security and privacy settings available on social media sites and apps.
  • Avoid using your debit card for online purchases, instead use a credit card or secure payment system like Visa Checkout.


Next: Monitor Your Information

Info Monitor

Congratulations! You have taken steps to be more practive and monitor your financial information and online activity.
Remember, new threats are always emerging, and you must continue to remain vigilant. Additional tips, like these ones, can help:
  • 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.
  • When you can't avoid paper statements or receipts, make sure to shred them when disposing.
  • 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.


Next: Share With Others

Keeping Yourself Secure

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