Tips for Stronger Passwords
When setting a password for your Bask Savings Account or updating your existing password, be sure to use a long password that is eight or more characters. Include upper- and lower-case letters and numbers and change your password regularly. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. If all your passwords are the same, a bad actor only needs to hack one account to have access to all your accounts. Avoid using easily guessed passwords, like “password” or “12345.” Password managers and generator tools can be great resources for more secure passwords.
Tips for Mobile Device Security
Reliance on mobile devices to perform everyday tasks is becoming increasingly common and can open new avenues for attacks. Some ways to protect yourself include:
- Enable passcode or biometric access on your mobile device
- Monitor how your downloaded apps use your data. You can usually adjust these settings in the application’s privacy settings.
- Set your apps to automatically update to the newest version
- Make sure you have a way to find and erase your phone remotely in the event it is stolen
Tips for Links & Files
Never click on suspicious, unsolicited or unknown links if you don’t recognize the link or the person or entity that sent it to you. The same goes for downloading and opening email attachments and other unknown files. Stay in the know about the latest scams and how they’re being disseminated – email, text, social media or robocall – especially during natural disasters and emergency situations.
Tips for Your Personal Information
Never share personal information like your date of birth, social security number, contact information or financial account details with anyone online.
Bask Bank will never use any form of communication to ask for your password, but our Customer Support team might ask for personal information to verify your identity if you call with a question about your account. You can also use the Secure Message Center to send protected messages to our Customer Support team.
Tips for Your Home Network
Installing antivirus software that will protect you against malware, spyware and Trojans that can steal your data and performing regular updates to your applications when prompted are great extra security measures when you’re online at home. Also, be sure to change your router’s login information from the default settings and turn off SSID broadcasting to hide your network from unauthorized users.
Tips to Avoid Phishing and Other Common Scams
Tips for Recognizing and Avoiding Email Compromise Attacks
This type of attack targets businesses or individuals that perform electronic payments, such as wire or automated clearing house (ACH) transfers. Email account compromise attacks occur when a scammer compromises a legitimate business’ or individual’s email account through intrusion techniques, ultimately resulting in an unauthorized transfer of funds.
To recognize an email compromise attack, be aware that scammers often communicate from an email address or URL you don’t recognize with a sense of urgency, last-minute changes to funding instructions and often with misspelled words or fragmented sentences. To avoid an email compromise attack, enable multi-factor authentication for all email accounts, never click on unsolicited links in emails or texts and use caution when downloading links and attachments.
If you think you or your business has been targeted by an email compromise attack, contact your financial institutions as soon as possible, report the fraudulent activity to your local law enforcement agency and file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.