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.

In recongition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, PNC offers some online safety tips

Protect Your Accounts


Brainstorm Passwords

Create original passwords that contain uncommon combinations of numbers, letters and symbols. A unique, complex password will help keep your account secure.

Tips on choosing strong passwords »


Scrap the Paper

Sensitive account information may be written on paper receipts and statements.

To avoid possible fraud, utilize online statements at PNC.com.

Sign up for online statement and go paperless »


Stay Informed

To more effectively monitor your account, set up PNC Alerts to be informed of important account activity.

Set up alerts and stay informed- anytime, anywhere »


Pay Responsibly

Before entering electronic payment information online, including mobile payment applications, verify you are using a secure website.

Tips keeping your money safe when using mobile payments »

Protect Your Devices


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.

Secure Your Cell Phone Against SMiShing »


Download Selectively

Be cautious of sharing private account information with third-party companies, including mobile device applications, as it may put your funds at risk.

Help protect your mobile devices from malicious apps »


Strengthen Your Protection

Install anti-virus software on every device. This helps protect mobile devices and tablets, in addition to laptop and desktop computers.

Use a backup to restore your computer to a date prior to the suspected hacking »


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.

Learn other ways to protect yourself online »

Protect Your Identity


Organize Your Inbox

Cyber criminals use phishing emails to target your personal financial information. Avoid suspicious attachments and report any potential scam to abuse@pnc.com.

Learn How to Catch a Phish »


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.

Learn more tips for maintaing your privacy while on the go »


Keep Quiet

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.

More tips on social media cyber security »


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.

Protect your personal information »

 


Account Protector

Congratulations! You have taken steps to help secure and protect your accounts and online information.
 
 
Remember, new threats are always emerging, and you must continue to remain vigilant. Additional tips, like these ones, can help:
  • 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.

 

Next: Protect Your Devices


Device Protector

Congratulations! You have taken steps to help secure and fortify your devices
 
 
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.
  • Select the strictest security and privacy settings available on social media sites and apps.

 

Next: Monitor Your Identity


Identity Protector

Congratulations! You have taken steps to be more proactive about protecting your identity and monitoring your financial information.
 
 
Remember, new threats are always emerging, and you must continue to remain vigilant. Additional tips, like these ones, can help:
  • 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.

 

Download Cyber Security Tip Sheet

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