We never want to think of the worst, but it’s important to make sure that our personal information is secure just in case. Here are some tips that we’ve collected over the years.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
- Shred all personal information before throwing away. This includes old checks, statements, bills, etc.
- Keep personal information in a locked area.
- Do not allow others access to banking or personal information.
- Follow normal security procedures like locking doors and not allowing strangers into your house.
- Be cautious of leaving your garage door opener in a car outside of your house; cars can be broken into easily, giving a burglar full access to your garage and house.
- Do not give any information to anyone who calls you, no matter what they say you won or what they are selling. You should only give information to people you have contacted and trust.
- Do not leave purses, wallets, etc laying around in plain sight of windows.
- When paying bills, make sure you use a locked mail box for outgoing mail.
- When writing checks, make sure to fill out all lines completely. You should not leave any room for a criminal to add numbers in front or behind the dollar amounts.
- Make sure unused checks are kept in a secure area.
- If you need to keep a log of usernames and passwords, be sure that’s in a very secure place.
- Use a unique password for each of your accounts. If a fraudster hacks one place, they could have access to every other place that you use that same password.
- Never disclose credit card, bank or personal information to someone you do not know or are unsure of.
HOW WE PROTECT YOU
- Great Basin takes pride in our security practices. We’ll make every effort to ensure that your information cannot be accessed by anybody other than you.
- We hold free shred days every few months so you can bring your boxes and bags of documents to destroy safely. There are always shred bins available for you to use in each branch.
- We offer eStatements free of charge so that your statement won’t be floating around in the mail where anyone can take it.
- You can request that a code word be added to your accounts for when you call or visit a branch.
If you have any questions about possible fraud or believe that your personal information has been compromised, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.