Your online security is at risk due to a recently discovered flaw in software that protects websites. The bug, known as “Heartbleed,” makes sensitive information online vulnerable. That includes passwords, Social Security numbers, financial account data and more.
Take action immediately to protect yourself with these tips:
- Avoid transactions that involve sensitive data on websites still using flawed software called OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1. Confirm sites aren’t using impacted versions. If the website has no statement, the customer service center should provide confirmation. This includes online banking or other purchases.
- Change your passwords. Immediately changing your passwords could provide the new password to a website that hasn’t fixed the flaw. Check for notification from websites that the flaw has been corrected. Then change your passwords again.
- Create strong passwords that have numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and symbols for all accounts.
- Use different passwords for work and personal email accounts, bank accounts and online retailers. If a hacker cracks one password, he won’t have access to others.
- Never use identifying information for a password. That includes the last four digits of your SSN, maiden name, date of birth, middle name, child’s name, and pet’s name.
- Check your credit reports. Review your free credit reports for suspicious activity on annualcreditreport.com.
Please note that the PeoplesBank’s website and online banking services are NOT impacted by this virus, but if you have stored your PeoplesBank debit or credit card information on another site, you should strengthen your password on that site and monitor your account regularly. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Client Care Center at 846-1970 or toll-free at 888-846-1970.