At LANB, we take a number of preventive measures to protect your privacy and security. Here are some additional measures you can take to keep your information secure:
Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) is the use of e-mail in an attempt to defraud the recipient. Example: an email appears to come from LANB or another trusted business, but is actually from a criminal. It may ask customers to verify personal information or contain links to fake websites that appear to be authentic.
To reduce threat: Never click links within e-mails if you do not know the originator. LANB will never ask you to send passwords, login names, Social Security numbers, or other personal information through e-mail. LANB will never send an email including a link to a login page.
Pharming (pronounced “farming”) is the practice of redirecting Internet users to a counterfeit website, even when they enter the correct address. Users end up at fraudulent sites by having spyware or a virus on their computer, or due to the use of other sophisticated tricks by hackers. These bogus sites often look real, but secretly collect any personal information and passwords entered. It can also take the form of counterfeit pop-up windows that appear as legitimate websites.
To reduce threat: Before inputting any personal information, be sure you’ve established a secure connection with the intended website. (You’ll see “https” in the web address.)
Spyware is potentially malicious software that is installed secretly and runs undetected on your computer. It may monitor your use of the Internet and interfere with your control of your computer and web browser. In some cases, spyware may allow thieves remote access to your system or its information.
To reduce threat: Install anti-spyware software.
A virus is a malicious program that can copy and embed itself into other programs on your computer, potentially causing damage to your files. Viruses often infect computers through e-mail attachments, but can also come from CDs, websites and downloaded files.
To reduce threat: Install antivirus software.
Frauds and Scams are prevalent online and by phone. Banking frauds and scams can originate on social media, email, mobile messaging, text messages, and by phone.
To reduce threat: The most important thing you can do is be aware that scams and scammers are out there, so if you see anything that looks suspicious or too good to be true, you should try to avoid it. Be very suspicious whenever someone asks for your personal or banking information. Contact only known and trusted phone numbers and emails for business and banks.
SPAM messages, usually containing advertisements for questionable products, are sent to many people through e-mail and text messages. SPAM messages are often very enticing because they contain information about celebrities or how to get an expensive item for free.
To reduce threat: Although it may be tempting to click on the SPAM message and read it, you should ignore it and delete it.