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Security Tips

First State Bank of Uvalde's Internet Banking is now more secure.

We are committed to help you fight fraud and identity theft. Identity theft is the most popular and profitable form of consumer fraud. It occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name social security number, credit card number or other identifying information, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.

Monitor your accounts

Keep track of transactions on your accounts by logging in to our online bank service. Our website is: www.fsbuvalde.com.

CONSUMER AWARENESS-INTERNET SAFETY SUGGESTIONS

  • Use a properly-configured firewall, whether on your PC and/or on your Internet router.
  • Keep your system patched, especially your web browser and any other program that interacts with your web browser.
  • Use current, auto-updating anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
  • Be careful about trusting websites, especially those that require you to enter personal information. A website can generally be easily "forged" and looks just like the original. The "padlock" icon doesn't necessarily mean you are at the right website, just that you are at a website that is using encryption to protect your data over the Internet. Be wary of any website that uses numbers in the address (e.g., http://22.22.22.22/index.html>http://22.22.22.22/index.html versus http://www.mybank.com/index.html) or has a country identifier at the end of the domain (e.g., < http://www.mybank.cm/>www.mybank.cn or www.mybank.ru versus www.mybank.com ).
  • Be careful about clicking on links in email, they may be a trap. For example, links to legitimate, North American websites should never use IP addresses instead of names (e.g., http://22.22.22.22./index.html versus http://www.mybank.com/index.html) and should never end in a country identifier (e.g., www.mybank.cn or www.mybank.ru versus www.mybank.com).
  • Do not respond to any e-mail that seems threatening or that asks for personal information. We will never ask for personal information by email.
  • Generally speaking, do not use a public computer for anything that requires you to enter sensitive information, as it may be infected.

Phishing

Phishing is when an attacker attempts to acquire information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing attacks are typically carried out through email, instant messaging, telephone calls, and text messages (SMS). Protect yourself from Phishing by not releasing personal information such as passwords and account numbers. First State Bank of Uvalde will NEVER contact you via phone or email to request this type of information. If you think that you may be a victim of Phishing or Identity Theft Fraud, contact us immediately at 830-278-6231 or send an email to FSBAcctServices@fsbuvalde.com.

Spoofing

Spoofing is the act of creating a fake website, email, etc. to mislead individuals into sharing sensitive information. Spoofs are typically made to look like they are legitimately published or sent by a trusted organization. Protect yourself from Spoofing by checking the web address (URL) of websites for slight variations in spelling or different domains. Do not click on links form non-trusted websites and if you are suspicious of a website, close it and contact the company directly.

 Warning signs of potentially compromised computer systems

Anyone can be hacked. Here are some of the signs that you may have been hacked:

  • Browser Redirection
  • Anti-Virus reports infected file
  • Suspicious or unauthorized accounts/programs
  • System seems slow/sluggish
  • Passwords no longer work

Protect your personal information

  • Do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
  • Do not have personal information such as your Social Security number and driver's license number printed on your checks.
  • Keep your unused checks in a safe place.
  • Do not leave your purse, wallet, checkbook, or any other forms of identification in your car.
  • Shred or tear up any documents containing banking or credit information, especially pre-approved credit offers, before you throw them away.
  • Keep your PINs and passwords a secret. Do not write them down or share them with anyone. In the event you need to write your PIN and password down, keep it in a safe place.