How to Make Your Home Wi-Fi Network More Secure

April 13, 2022 by First Federal Bank

The safest place to do your online banking is at home over a secure Wi-Fi network. Unfortunately, many private internet connections are not actually that private — including yours. Your internet security may be vulnerable to hackers and thieves. To ensure your online banking is secure, follow these suggestions to bolster your Wi-Fi’s defenses:

Topics: Online Banking, Fraud Alerts/Scams, Technology

Social Media Credit Card Scams

March 04, 2022 by First Federal Bank

Social media can be a force of good, connecting people across the globe. It can also be a source of evil, with unscrupulous people and companies trying to get your money, data, and personal information. Social media scams are prevalent in the virtual world; here is a closer look at how they could trick you and how to stay safe:

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams, Financial Education

What to Do When Your Credit Card is Compromised

October 22, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Though you try to protect your vital information when shopping online, the risk of having your credit card information compromised is higher than ever. Even with advanced security protocols, you could find yourself a victim of credit card fraud. Fortunately, recovering from this kind of situation is a straightforward process — so long as you know...

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams, Credit Cards

Protecting Yourself From Ransomware

October 13, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Keeping all of your files secure and backing them up may not be something you think of on a daily basis. But with scammers and hackers diligently working to corrupt files and make a quick buck, maintaining your computer’s security is vital in today’s world. One way your information could be at risk is through ransomware.

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams

Basic Tips to Keep Your Account Safe

February 26, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Criminals are crafty, smart, and — for the most part — lazy. They are looking for accounts they can easily hack and information that is simple to steal. By putting up barriers, even simple ones, you can help protect your account from thieves.

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams

Organizing and Storing Your Online Passwords

December 25, 2020 by First Federal Bank

To safeguard your financial, private, and personal information from identity thieves and hackers, you should use unique passwords for each of your online accounts as well as for each of your devices. From email — both personal and work — and bank accounts to health portals and shopping sites, the number of passwords to keep track of can be...

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams, Technology

Scams are one thing you don't want to unwrap this holiday season.

December 17, 2020 by Tori Day

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. Add to that this time of expanded use of online banking and the busy holiday shopping season, and the problem is only growing worse. The Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a...

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams

When To Contact Credit Card Customer Service

November 13, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Credit cards are a ubiquitous part of modern life. But while increasingly advanced websites and smartphone apps give you a lot of control over your credit cards and accounts, sometimes it is best to speak to a live customer service representative over the phone to get something done. The following are situations when making that call makes the...

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams, Credit Cards

Financial Fraud: How to Spot the Warning Signs

November 06, 2020 by First Federal Bank

In today’s fast-paced, online-centric world, scammers have more tools than ever to separate you from your hard-earned money. These efforts often ramp up during the holidays season. It is important to know these major warning signs for financial fraud:

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams, Personal Banking, Financial Education, Credit Cards

Common Fraud Scenarios for Small Businesses to Avoid

August 31, 2020 by First Federal Bank

According to the 2020 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, businesses lose about five percent of their annual revenue to fraud. And while large businesses can implement internal checks and balances for their accounting systems, small businesses often lack the resources to do so, making them even more vulnerable to certain types of fraud.

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams, Small Business, Entrepreneurship

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