Online and Mobile Security
ONLINE AND MOBILE SECURITY
The Internet is a convenient resource, a helpful tool and a part of our daily lives. Whether you're accessing the Web from a desktop computer or a mobile device, you may be at risk for hackers, scammers and other predators. Attackers aim to steal identity and financial account details. All of your online activity, including email messages, online shopping transactions and social media interactions can be susceptible to attack.
What To Do
If you believe your personal information has been accessed, follow these steps immediately:
- Change your passwords from an uninfected computer.
- Ensure all firewall, anti-virus and spyware detection software you have installed is current.
- Run a virus scan on your computer and remove any threats that are detected.
- Check your account information frequently. If you suspect fraudulent transactions, report them immediately.
What We Do To Keep You Safe
Protecting your accounts is critical to Direct Federal. Using state-of-the-art fraud prevention systems, we constantly monitor your account. We will notify you immediately if we detect any suspicious activity. Our online Account Access and mobile apps are hosted on secure servers to protect the information you submit online.
What You Can Do To Stay Protected
Take these precautions to help guard against threats to your computer and mobile devices.
- Make sure your operating systems, software and browsers are up to date and that anti-virus software and firewalls are in place when possible on all computers and devices.
- Set passwords and enable screen locks to prevent others from using your computer or devices. Use a mix of characters and cases that are unique to each account or site you use.
- Clear your device's cache and history so that passwords, payment details and other saved personal information are deleted. Only store what you truly need.
- The padlock symbol and "https" in your browser's address bar tell you when you’re on a secure site. When submitting payment information or other personal details online, check to make sure you’re on a secure site.
- Be extra cautious when using public computers or Wi-Fi. Hold off on making financial transactions until you're on a trusted device with a secure connection.
- Download apps and software from authorized vendors only. Others may appear credible but could contain viruses that put our device at risk.
- Limit sharing of your personal information. Be aware of privacy policies and terms and conditions on sites you use and anything you download.
- Make sure you sign out of your mobile or online banking session when you finish to ensure that your session is closed.