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SHRED Identity Theft at NebraskaLand Bank

A Free Shredding Event plus Tips to Stay Safe on Social!

SHRED Identity Theft at NebraskaLand Bank

As we prepare for our annual Community Shred Day, the dangers of identity theft are heavy on our minds.  Our Shred Day event is the perfect opportunity to remind the members of our community how they can protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud and/or theft. 


The event offers free shredding services for personal documents such as bills, banking statements, credit card offers, and more.  The event will take place this year at the North Platte Main location, 1400 South Dewey, on May 13, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The Kearney branch will also host a shred event at their location, 121 West 46th, on May 15, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. 


Attendees are invited to join us for a complimentary lunch while learning best practices and tips to protect your identity and sensitive personal information.  Proper document destruction makes the top of list but what about the dangers on social?  It is equally as important to protect your social media accounts to prevent reputational risks and attacks on friends and family. 


Here are some helpful social media prevention tips to help you enjoy a safer cyberlife through social media:

  • Use strong passwords – Protect your account with passwords that cannot easily be guessed. Make sure they are at least 8-10 characters long and include a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. Also, if you use multiple social networking sites do not use the same password for each one. If your password is compromised at one site there is a good chance it will be used to attempt to access other social media accounts.
  • Be wary of third-party apps – Third-party applications may provide entertainment or functionality, but use caution when deciding which applications to select. Avoid applications that are not trusted and seem suspicious as some applications have been known to not only gain access to your account, but to install malware and viruses on to your system.
  • Watch out for suspicious communications. – Criminals are known to phish for victims by sending communications to your inbox hoping that you will respond by sending information or clicking on a link that will install malware. Delete any communications from unknown sources. Friends and family are also susceptible to being hacked, so if you receive a communication from someone you know that seems odd or requests that you send money, be wary. Do not click on links or send funds. Instead, contact them by phone to verify the communication is legitimate.
  • Take caution with public computers and Wi-Fi. – If possible, avoid using public computers to access your accounts. These computers could potentially have malware that is designed to capture the information you have entered. Also avoid using a public Wi-Fi connection as the information can easily be captured by criminals on the same connection. Make sure to use an encrypted Internet connection whenever you go online.
  • Protect your computer. – We all make mistakes, so be prepared ahead of time by ensuring that your system is protected.



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