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Security

Security center.

Together we can safeguard your finances.

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Create a strong password.

It’s hard to believe it, but one of the most common passwords people select worldwide is "password," and fraudsters know it. Choosing a strong password for any online account is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself. When choosing a password, remember:

  • Never use dictionary words for your password
  • Never use easily identifiable personal information (for you or your family) for your password
  • Never share your passwords or write them down
  • Never use the same password for different accounts

When possible, consider using a passphrase rather than a password. While passphrases are longer, they’re much easier to remember, and creating them is as easy as making a short sentence and adding numbers, special characters and varying capitalization provides for an even greater security level. You can also create an acronym from a longer sentence that is meaningful to you, or from an easy-to-remember piece of information. Substituting numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words will make it even more secure:

My son’s birthday is 12 December, 2004 = Msbi12/Dec,4!
I love to play badminton = ILuv2Pl4yB@dm1nt0n

Use two-factor authentication.

First Tech is taking your Online Banking experience to the next level by giving members the option to use two-factor authentication to increase your account security. Two-factor authentication is an advanced way to make certain that you, and only you, gain access to your accounts and financial information, and because it’s separate from your computer, it's not susceptible to viruses or fraud. Members who request this added layer of security for their accounts are given a security key (either a physical token or an application for your mobile device) that periodically generates a random code that you can use to log in to your accounts.

We offer a Mobile or "Soft Token" for various devices. Just follow the steps below to set up your new security key:

Hardware Security Key (”Hard Token”)

  1. Log on to Online Banking
  2. Click the “Settings” option on the top of the right screen
  3. Click the “Security” tab
  4. Under the “Two-Factor Authentication” Section, Select the settings gear icon to the right of “Tokens”
  5. Click the “New Hard Token” and follow the onscreen prompts

Mobile Device (”Soft Token”)

  1. Log on to Online Banking
  2. Click the “Settings” option on the top of the right screen
  3. Click the “Security” tab
  4. Under the “Two-Factor Authentication” Section, Select the settings gear icon to the right of “Tokens”
  5. Click the “New Soft Token” and follow the onscreen prompts

 

When you log in to Online Banking, you'll be prompted to enter a random 6-digit code generated by your Security Key in addition to your user name and password. Just enter that code, and you’re ready to go!

Install anti-virus (AV) software.

As you browse the Internet, certain web pages may install unwanted programs, cookies, spy programs, etc., to your system. Many of these can perform serious harm to your computer and can give the fraudsters “inside” tools to steal your information. We recommend you install both anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on your computer to help protect you. Avast is a great anti-virus program and MalwareBytes is recommended for anti-spyware. We strongly encourage you to keep them both up-to-date and scan your system often.

Use a personal firewall.

Personal firewalls are one of the best ways to protect your home computer/laptop from a virus or malware in today’s world of high-speed internet, open kiosks, free Wi-Fi access, etc. They monitor the incoming and outgoing traffic from your computer looking for attacks or suspicious activity, and then block those attacks before they can do any damage. Personal firewalls are easy to setup and use, and provide a much greater degree of security than just your anti-virus alone.

Update your system and applications.

Just like your car, your computer needs regular tune-ups. Be sure to regularly check for updates and install security patches to ensure your operating system and applications are up-to-date and as secure as possible.

Browse the internet safely.

Fraudsters will sometimes try to set up fake websites to trick you into giving them your information, so it’s important to make sure that you’re on the REAL First Tech Federal Credit Union website before you attempt to log in. Look for green text or shading and a lock icon in the address bar, and verify that you’re at www.firsttechfed.com.

Illustration showing how the website address should appear

Financial websites aren’t the only websites that fraudsters try to fake, so be sure to check the address bar in your browser for these signs before you provide them with your information. You should also be careful what links you click on when browsing the internet, because some links can download malicious software (malware) such as a virus to your computer. While Internet Explorer is arguably the world’s most popular web browser, that also means fraudsters specifically gear malware to attack it. Consider using a secure web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Only download software or apps that are trusted.

Adding malicious software to your computer or smartphone is popular way for hackers to steal your data. Make sure to only install trusted software or apps to protect yourself.