Securing Your Identity with Heartland Bank

Online Security

Capture fraudulent activity as soon as it happens with Heartland Bank’s secure Identity Theft Monitoring System. Powered by IDT911, this incredible systems helps users prevent data breaches, and safeguards their information. Learn the top 5 ways to improve your online information with these easy tips courtesy of Heartland Bank.

  1. Be Careful What You Post

When posting onto various social media accounts, be sure you’re not sharing too much! Many criminals can glean personal knowledge like your phone number, address, or children’s names, simply from viewing your public account.

  1. Beef Up Those Passwords

Be sure to maximize the security behind you online accounts with a heavy duty password. The more symbols, capitalizations, and random conjecture put together the better. A simple option to remember is to use symbols instead of letters when possible, so the work “password,” might become p@$$w0rD.

  1. Watch Out for Phishing Scams

If it seems too good to be true it most likely is! Many phishing scams these days however tend to attempt to duplicate a vendor you already know and use. If a familiar company sends you an email asking for immediate action, or confidential information, always check your personal communication and reach out to a company representative using contact information outside of the questionable email. This way you can confirm if the email is authentic without giving them access to any materials they are requesting.

  1. Double Check for Encryption

Before making any transactions online search for the site’s security certification or badge. Be sure that if you’re inputting any financial or credit card information that it remains secure. If no visible security is available on the website it may be best to find a different vendor.

  1. Educate Your Kiddos

Now that you know the ins and outs of online safety, make certain your children are up to the challenge as well! Have a talk with them to go over the right and wrong ways to use the internet, in addition to the areas online to stay away from.

Make sure your online safety is up to par with Heartland Bank’s Identity Theft Monitoring System! Get started to day by calling us at (515) 352-3181.