National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


This October marks the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and Capitol Federal® is committed to helping our customers protect themselves and their identities online. NCSAM was established in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance. Their mission is to "ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online." 

Capitol Federal is here to help you protect yourself online. Everyone uses the internet which in-turn makes everyone vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. To better protect yourself online here are a few helpful tips:

Update Your Devices.  Security software is the first line of defense against cyber-attacks. Make sure the software on your computer and mobile devices is up to date. Opt-in for automatic updates, to ensure you receive the latest software.

Secure Password. 
Setting a strong password is another form of defense against online fraud. A strong password usually has a minimum of eight characters and a variety of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters, like: ?, ! or #.

Be Aware of Scams.  Fraudulent emails and websites are created for Phishing scams. Phishing scams deceive users into giving out personal information by clicking on links, opening attachments or pop-up screens from unknown sources. Avoid taking the bait, and delete emails from unknown individuals.

Don't Over Share on Social Media. Be cautious of what you post on social media. Oversharing can give hackers the information they need to steal personal information. Examples are posting about your favorite vacation spot, which can likely be a security question if you forget your password. Be sure to change your security settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, your mother's maiden name and your address. Remember, the fun surveys you may participate in with your friends can leave you vulnerable to hackers because of all the information you provide.

Secure Wi-Fi. Your home wireless network should be password protected. According to the FTC, unsecured routers are vulnerable to hackers and can be directed to fraudulent websites. Be cautious when sending information while connected to public Wi-Fi networks.

Be Cautious with iCloud. The convenience of iCloud makes it easier for hackers to steal personal information from files. Use caution when dealing with iCloud.

Shop Secure. When shopping online, make sure the website is secure. Always look for https in the URL, which authenticates the site and a small padlock symbol which verifies the security of the page.


For other helpful tips and resources to protect yourself against cybercriminals please visit staysafeonline.com and stopfraud.gov.

If you find yourself the victim of a cybercrime please contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center. You may file a complaint online at ic3.gov. You can file a report with the Anti-Phishing Working Group if you become victim of a Phishing Scam. 

If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud, please report any suspicious bank account activity to us immediately by calling 1-888-8CAPFED or visiting us in a branch.


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