Origin Bank uses sophisticated technology to protect our data networks. But that doesn’t stop scammers and cheats from trying to steal information from you directly.
Protecting your account ‒ and your money ‒ starts with simple, common sense measures. Clay Baum, Origin Bank’s Information Security Officer, has put together a few tips to protect your bank account and to help you detect when it’s been compromised.
Stay vigilant. If you don’t do it already, get into the habit of monitoring your accounts. Check your balance and look over your statements carefully for any strange activity. Small, unfamiliar transactions could be a sign that someone has access to your accounts. If something looks out of the ordinary or suspicious, contact the bank immediately.
Stay private. Remember that loaning out your bank card or logging into your account from someone else’s phone or laptop increases security risks. If you discover your card is lost or stolen, contact the bank immediately ‒ don’t wait for the bank to tell you about suspicious activity.
Stay proactive. Always safeguard your account numbers and PINs ‒ they provide direct access to your money. Don’t forget to maintain your passwords, as well. Experts recommend changing your login password on a regular basis, perhaps once or twice a year. Random passwords are much safer, especially when they include multiple characters and symbols.
Stay on guard. Online scammers hope to catch us in that one moment we weren’t paying close attention. Our experts offer two good habits to develop. First, never log into your account from an email link. Always type the bank’s web address into your browser manually to access the legitimate site. Second, never log into your account through a public network like a coffee shop or library. Everyone using the network can potentially see what you’re doing.
Do you have security concerns about your accounts? Contact the Origin team at the first sign of an account breach or to learn about ways we can help you protect your information.