From your phone to your tablet to your laptop, it’s important to keep your info safe.

Some days, it feels like everything we could ever need is online. While that’s convenient, it also presents a few new things to remember about keeping your confidential information safe and secure.

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Staying Secure Online

Viruses and spyware can take over your system, slow it down and put your data, privacy, and internet accounts at risk.

Check out these tips for protecting your personal and financial information from threats anytime you’re online:

  • Update your security software and run a complete system scan on all your computers.
  • Download the latest version of your web browser to help safely surf the web.
  • Update your operating system to ensure you have the latest security updates.
  • Back up your data regularly using a removable storage device or cloud.
  • Make wireless network security a priority at home and on the road.
  • Don’t click on any ads, pop-up windows or banners that look suspicious.
  • Avoid suspicious and non-trustworthy sites. Such sites may house malicious software that has the potential to infect your computer.
  • Never click on links in suspicious emails or send personal information over non-secure email. Never reply to or click links that ask you for personal information.
  • Log off of the internet and lock your computer when it is not in use.


Keeping Your Mobile Device Secure

You may not think about it, but protecting your smartphone is just as important as protecting your computer and other devices from cybersecurity threats.

Here are a few tips to help you reduce the risk of exposure to mobile security threats:

  • Avoid sharing your phone or tablet with others, especially strangers.
  • Be sure no one is looking over your shoulder in crowded public areas and reading information from your device’s screen.
  • Sign out of your session when you’re finished, whether you’re using the Purdue Federal mobile app or the Purdue Federal Credit Union website.
  • Don’t store your password in other apps on your mobile device, such as in a note-taking app.
  • Avoid tampering with your phone’s operating system. This is called “jailbreaking” on an iPhone® and “rooting” on an Android™ phone.
  • Always use official app stores to download any app.
  • Keep your phone operating system and the Purdue Federal Mobile Banking app up to date. 


Adding Extra Security to Purdue Federal Digital Banking

We’re already taking steps to keep your account safe and secure all the time. Still, there are several best practices that you and your family members can put into place when you’re using Mobile Banking.

Read our tips for ensuring a little extra protection for your financial information:

  • Make sure your username is unique – don’t use your email address, name or the same username you’ve used on other websites.
  • Keep your password a secret – don't share your password or write it down. Plus, don't use obvious passwords like birthdates, first names, addresses, etc.
  • Update your password regularly and use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols for your password.
  • Avoid using public computers to log in to your account. Only use computers that you trust.
  • Never choose the "Remember your password" option.
  • Log out of your account by clicking the gold LOGOUT button. Logging out ensures that your Purdue Federal Digital Banking session has ended.

Purdue Federal Credit Union serves members worldwide and operates branches throughout Greater Lafayette, Crown Point and La Porte, Indiana.