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January 11, 2018
Technology in banking is ever-changing. In order to keep up, we wanted to provide our customers with a dedicated space to help address how you can utilize that technology. We can also provide perspective on how West Gate Bank is utilizing technology to make your banking experience easier.
When to expect updates:
Our goal is to provide a monthly update, with the potential to address more timely issues as they arise. We’ll also share a link to this blog on our social media pages—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. If you don’t already follow us on these channels, please search for us and connect!
What you can expect:
This blog will feature major updates to our technology that will affect our customers, new technology as it is implemented for customers, security tips, updates on major security breaches in the digital space, and digital financial news and trends. If you have a suggestion of something you would like to learn more about please let us know at webcontact9 at westgate dot bank.
January Update: Security Reminders
Throughout last year, there were several security breaches, ranging from companies of all size, and in several industries. These breaches impacted millions of individuals around the world. Below are some practical things you can do to help protect yourself and be vigilant in protecting your information:
- First and foremost, log in regularly to your online accounts to verify that purchases and payments are legitimate.
- For any online login, choose a secure password. Password strength is required by some logins, but is a great practice to have when setting up any account. Passwords should be a mix of characters including letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and special characters if allowed.
- Password management and maintenance: It is important to keep passwords secret. The most complicated password will not be effective if you have it written down on paper near your computer. If you need to keep a list of passwords, keep it secure in a file or Password Manager.
- Keep up to date! This ranges from a number of things but is important to your security on all fronts. You should keep all of your electronic devices up to date on their software updates, many of these include minor security updates that patch vulnerabilities. You should keep your address, phone number and other contact methods up to date with Financial Institutions, Insurance Providers, Utilities, Memberships, Government Agencies, and frequented Online Retailers.
- Be wary of any email that is requesting urgent personal financial information.
- Use caution with email attachments, especially if they are not expected. If you do not recognize the sender of an email with an attachment, DO NOT open it until you can confirm its validity. If you do recognize the sender but are not expecting such an email, it is a good idea to reach out to them and confirm the email is valid.
While we make it a priority to safeguard all of our customers’ information, it is important for everyone to take steps to protect their information in all aspects of their online usage. We hope these tips serve as best practice reminders!