Plumas Bank and ICBA Offer Tips to Safeguard Sensitive Data
QUINCY, California, (Oct. 5, 2020)—In recognition of National Cybersecurity Month in October, Plumas Bank and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) are reminding consumers of practical steps to proactively safeguard their sensitive data or mitigate their losses if they suspect their information has been compromised.
“Educating clients about account safety and cyber threats is something we must all be mindful about if we want to reduce the risk of sensitive information being exploited for nefarious use,” said Aaron Boigon, executive vice president and chief information officer of Plumas Bank. “We take our responsibility as financial stewards of our clients’ data seriously and want to do our part to strengthen our industry’s cybersecurity infrastructure and protect clients against a data compromise.”
Plumas Bank and ICBA encourage consumers to take the following steps to reduce their likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud:
• Enable the strongest authentication tools offered by your bank. Popular authentication methods include biometrics, security keys, and single-use codes.
• Use complex passwords and differentiate them across multiple platforms. For example, customers should use one password for their online bank account and another for an email account.
• Do a system check. Purge unused apps and outdated or sensitive information stored in old files and emails and ensure all software on internet-connected devices are current.
Consumers can also make sure their account has not been compromised by taking the following steps:
• Check bank statements regularly to ensure noted purchases are legitimate.
• Read the fine print when purchasing items online. Often a website or application will ask for permission to save account information.
• Stay vigilant. Be mindful when shopping online and look for signs of illegitimate websites. Spelling or grammatical errors, missing contact information, and suspicious URLs or email addresses are all red flags. Learn more about how to protect your digital life during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by visiting the Stay Safe Online website and spread the word on social media with the hashtags #BeCyberSmart and #CyberAware.
About Plumas Bank
Founded in 1980, Plumas Bank is a locally owned and managed full-service community bank headquartered in northeastern California. The Bank operates thirteen branches: eleven located in the northern California counties of
Plumas, Lassen, Placer, Nevada, Modoc and Shasta and two branches located in the northern Nevada counties of Washoe and Carson City. The Bank also operates three loan production offices: two located in the northern California Counties of Placer and Butte, and one located in the southern Oregon County of Klamath. Plumas Bank offers a wide range of financial and investment services to consumers and businesses and has received nationwide Preferred Lender status with the United States Small Business Administration. For more information on Plumas Bancorp and Plumas Bank, please visit our website at www.plumasbank.com.
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 750,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, nearly $4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.
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