Privacy &  Security

ATM Safety Tips

  • Use ATMs that are in well-lit areas.
  • Observe your surroundings. Be aware of anything suspicious. When in doubt, leave the area.
  • Do not open locked ATM vestibule doors for others, or allow any unknown persons to enter the ATM area while you are making your transaction. Authorized customers should have their own access.
  • Upon entering or exiting an ATM, be sure to close the door completely.
  • Have your card in hand when approaching the ATM.
  • Avoid counting cash while at the ATM. Put away your card and cash after completing your transaction.
  • Stand directly in front of the ATM during a transaction. Shield the keypad with your hand or body when entering your PIN.

Credit & Debit Card Safety Tips

  • Sign the back of your card immediately upon receipt.
  • Remember your PIN. Do not write it on your card.
  • Be cautious of who you’re giving your card number to. Unless you have initiated the call, never provide your card information over the phone.
  • Check your receipts and statements.
  • Keep a list of your credit card numbers and the numbers to call if your card is lost or stolen. Keep them in a separate and secure place.

Personal Information Protection Tips

  • Verify who the person you’re speaking with is before sharing personal information such as your Social Security Number and bank or credit card account information over the telephone, in person or on the Internet.
  • Do not carry Social Security cards, passports or birth certificates with you unless they are needed that day.
  • Monitor bills and bank statements frequently, and immediately report anything suspicious.
  • Receive your account statements electronically.
  • Safely store cancelled checks, new checks and account statements.
  • Coastal1 Credit Union will never initiate an email request asking for your online ID or password.
  • Personal Identification Number (PIN), Social Security, driver’s license or credit card account numbers should not be written on checks, or on your ATM, credit card or debit card.
  • Tear or shred pre-approved credit offers, receipts (including ATM receipts) and other information that could link your name to your account numbers.
  • Check your credit report periodically and be sure all information is up to date and accurate.
  • Treat your mail carefully. You should never use an unsecured mailbox for mailing materials containing sensitive information. Mail these pieces at the post office.

Security Measures Coastal1 Takes

Mail Returns and Address Change Requests

If mail is returned to us due to an incorrect address, or if an address change is requested, we always confirm the identity of the person making the request to correct or change the address. Once a positive confirmation has been made, we will then and only then, release mail or complete a change of address request.

Credit Report Fraud Alerts

If a fraud alert is included on a member’s credit report indicating that identity theft has previously occurred, or a member wants extra measures taken to verify their identity when an account or loan is opened:

  • We will call the number that is included with the fraud alert to confirm the authenticity of the new account/loan request.
  • We may require additional identification to be presented in order to positively identify the applicant.
  • We will also review these reports for possible identity theft indicators such as activity that is not consistent with the person’s history.
I.D. Verification

I.D. verification software is used when a new account is opened. This software enables us to confirm that the information presented by the applicant matches information contained in the I.D. verification database.

Photo Documentation Alterations

Photo documentation presented to us is carefully reviewed for alterations to ensure its validity and that it matches the person presenting it.

Error Resolutions

When notified of an error or unauthorized charge regarding electronic transmissions, we follow specific timeframes in which the matter will be resolved.

WEBSITE POLICY

In general, you can visit our website without disclosing to us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. There are some areas that will collect certain information about you and it is important for you to know how we use this information. When you visit our website, we collect and store information on the Internet domain and IP address you use to access our website, the date and time you access our site, and the pages you visit. This information is used solely for the purposes of creating site activity and statistical reports. These reports enable us to improve the usefulness of our site and to better serve our membership.

COOKIES

Cookies are small text files placed on your computer while visiting certain sites on the Internet. Cookies help websites keep track of personal preferences and recognize return visitors. An example of the use of cookies is when sites greet you personally or post a list of what you most recently viewed. Coastal1 Credit Union uses cookies to enrich your online experience and we may place a temporary cookie on your computer to see which product pages you view most frequently. The cookies are not designed to collect or store information on you, but to deliver targeted content to you online. You can prevent cookies from being placed on your computer by accessing your browser’s preferences menu and deleting existing cookies. There also are commercial programs available to help you manage or disable cookies.

MOBILE APPLICATIONS

Coastal1 Credit Union (Coastal1) Mobile Banking Applications (“Applications”) allow you to access your account balances, make deposits, make transfers and pay bills on your mobile device in accordance with our Online Banking Mobile Agreement.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS

We use a tool called “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of this site. We have implemented the Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting feature. This feature consists of a series of reports where we can see behavior information relating to visitor age range, gender and interests. This data can also be used to segment standard reports and create remarketing lists. Visitors can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings (www.google.com/settings/ads).

EMAIL

When you email us, we collect and store personal information to process your email request. Users of this site should understand that any personal information that is voluntarily sent via an unsecured email form might be collected and used by others. Please do not include your account number, your Social Security number, your personal identification number (PIN), your password or any other confidential information in your email requests to Coastal1. Secured forms and applications are available on our website to contact us and to apply for various services and loans online. When you send an e-mail or other electronic communication to us, you are communicating with us electronically and consent to receive reply communications from us or our providers electronically. We may retain the content of the e-mail, electronic communication, your e-mail address, unique identifier (such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter user name), and our response in order to better service your needs or for audit, legal, regulatory or other business-related reasons.

THIRD PARTY WEBSITES

Our Site may contain links to third party websites or applications. These links and pointers to third party websites or applications are not part of our Site. Coastal1 doesn’t make any representations or warranties regarding these third party websites. We are not responsible for any losses or damages in connection with the information, security, privacy practices, availability, content or accuracy of materials of such third party websites or applications. These third party websites or applications might have Terms of Use or Privacy Policies. Third party websites may provide less privacy and/or security than our Site. We encourage you to review the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of all third party websites before you share any personally identifiable information with them.

PROTECTION

Coastal1 utilizes passwords, 256-bit SSL encryption, and firewalls to keep your account information secure and private when you use our online banking service, Digital Insight. For your protection, be sure to always log off Digital Insight when you are done using it. Other safe computing practices you may want to consider include: • Installing virus detection software. • Performing regular backups. • Acquiring a home firewall especially if you utilize a DSL or cable modem connection to the Internet and leave your computer on all the time. • Password protecting sensitive files on your computer.

SOCIAL MEDIA

You may also find additional information on our products and services through our social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and App Stores. Please keep in mind that any information you share is visible to all participants on these social media sites and you should never post any sensitive personal information (such as account number or social security number). Please carefully review the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy on these social media sites as they may be different than our own policies.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

Coastal1 recommends that you take the following precautions to guard against the disclosure and unauthorized use of your personal and account information:

  • Protect your account numbers, plastic card numbers, PINs (personal identification numbers) and passwords. Never keep your PIN with your card, which can provide free access to your accounts if your card is lost or stolen.
  • Never provide personal information (including full Social Security numbers or account and credit card information) over the phone unless you have initiated the call and know with whom you are speaking. If someone calls you explaining the call is on behalf of the Credit Union, you should beware. Credit Union staff will have access to this information and will not need to ask for it.
  • Notify us immediately if your ATM, credit or debit card has been lost or stolen. Also notify us immediately if your checks have been lost or stolen.
  • Keep your information with us current. Be sure to notify us if your address or phone number changes, so we know how to reach you.

ONLINE ACCOUNTS AND PASSWORD SAFETY

Billions of user names and passwords have been stolen just this year by skilled hackers. Consumers are urged to be more vigilant online. Because people tend to use the same password on multiple sites, when a breach occurs, it can have major repercussions. You can’t completely protect yourself from hackers but you can limit your exposure by following some simple steps: Mix it up. Choose passwords that are long and complex typically 10 characters or longer with uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. Be more creative. Use a unique password for each account. Split social media and money. Do not use the same password for credit cards and bank accounts that you use for social media or websites. Revise record-keeping. Don’t store your account information in an unsecured document on your computer or network. Keep data close. Don’t share your password, even with friends and family. Stay informed. Beyond changing passwords and creating better ones, stay informed as the details of a breach become released. If you have any weak or duplicate passwords anywhere, you should change them as soon as possible. Also consider regularly auditing and updating not just your passwords, but your computer security as well. After all of that, enjoy the peace of mind that you’re doing the best you can to protect yourself.

PERSONAL INFORMATION ON CHILDREN

We do not knowingly collect or retain personal information from children under the age of thirteen. We advise all visitors to our Site under the age of 13 not to disclose or provide any personally identifiable information on our Site. To learn more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act (COPPA) please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website (https://www.ftc.gov/).

ADA COMPLIANCE

Coastal1 is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience in accordance with the ADA standards and guidelines. We are actively working to increase accessibility and usability of our website to everyone. All products and services available on this website are available at all of our branches.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

If you have any questions or comments concerning our Website Policy please let us know by going to:
https://www.coastal1.org/about/#contact.us

 

What does pawtucket credit union do with your personal information?

Financial companies choose how they share your personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your personal information. Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.

The types of personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us. This information can include:

  • Social Security number
  • Account balances
  • Payment history
  • Credit history
  • Account transactions
  • Checking account information

When you are no longer a member, we continue to share your information as described in this notice.

All financial companies need to share members’ personal information to run their everyday business. In the section below, we list the reasons financial companies can share their members’ personal information; the reasons Coastal1 Credit Union chooses to share; and whether you can limit this sharing.

Reasons we can share your personal information Does Coastal1 Credit Union share? Can you limit this sharing?
For our everyday business purposes

such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus

Yes No
For our marketing purposes

to offer our products and services to you

Yes No
For joint marketing with other financial companies Yes No
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes

information about your transactions and experiences

No We don’t share
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes

information about your creditworthiness

No We don’t share
For nonaffiliates to market to you

such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus

No We don’t share

What We Do

How does Coastal1 Credit Union protect my personal information?

To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings.

We also maintain other physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect this information and we limit access to information to those employees for whom access is appropriate.

How does Coastal1 Credit Union collect my personal information?

We collect your personal information, for example, when you:

  • Open an account
  • Give us your contact information
  • Apply for a loan
  • Show your driver’s license
  • Provide account information

We also collect your personal information from others, such as credit bureaus, affiliates, or other companies.

Why can’t I limit all sharing?

Federal law gives you the right to limit only:

  • Sharing for affiliates’ everyday business purposes – information about your creditworthiness
  • Affiliates from using your information to market to you
  • Sharing for nonaffiliates to market to you

State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing.

Definitions

Affiliates

Companies related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and non-financial companies.

  • Coastal1 Credit Union has no affiliates.

Nonaffiliates

Companies not related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and non-financial companies.

  • Coastal Credit Union does not share with nonaffiliates so they can market to you.

Joint Marketing

A formal agreement between nonaffiliated financial companies that together market financial products or services to you.

  • Our joint marketing partners include Credit Card Companies and Insurance Companies

Questions?

Call 401-722-2212 or toll-free at 800-298-2212 or email us at [email protected].

What Is Identity Theft?

Identity theft occurs when your personal information is obtained without your knowledge in order to commit fraud or theft. Personal information refers to your name, date of birth, social security, driver’s license, credit card and bank account numbers. The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a telephone account in your name. You may not discover the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didn’t make – or until you’re contacted by a debt collector.

Identity thieves attempt to obtain personal information in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to: stealing wallets, stealing financial statements from the mail, submitting a change of address form at the post office, or rummaging through trash for personal data.

Signs Of Identity Theft

  • If you find new accounts on your credit report that are not yours.
  • If you receive credit cards that you didn’t apply for.
  • If you are denied credit or are offered less than favorable credit terms for no reason.
  • If you get calls from creditors or debt collectors regarding merchandise or services that you did not buy.

What You Should Do If You Believe Someone Has Stolen Your Identity

At Coastal1 Credit Union we recognize the consequences of identity theft and want to assist you if you are a victim of this crime. Please follow the steps below so that we can help you in a timely manner:

  1. Contact us immediately to close any accounts that have been tampered with or established fraudulently.
  2. File an Identity Theft Report with your local police, state police, or other law enforcement agency. Obtain a copy for your records. Identity Theft Reports entitle you to certain legal protections, click here to find out more.
  3. Print and complete the ID Theft Complaint Form located at the Federal Trade Commission website. Click here for more information on how to file a complaint.
  4. Contact one or all of the three major credit bureaus listed below to place a fraud alert on your credit file. You also can order a credit report to identify any unauthorized activity.
    • Equifax
      1.800.525.6285 (TTY: 800.255.0056)
      P.O. Box 105069, Atlanta, GA 30348-5069
    • Experian
      1.888.397.3742 (TTY: 800.972.0322)
      P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
    • TransUnion
      1.800.680.7289 (TTY: 800.553.7803)
      Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92634
  5. The fraud alert requests creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will be automatically notified, and all three credit reports will be sent to you free of charge.
  6. Submit the completed FTC affidavit and law enforcement incident report to any Coastal1 Credit Union branch or mail to:
    • Coastal1 Credit Union
      Attn: Security Department
      1200 Central Avenue
      Pawtucket, RI 02861

Further questions or concerns? Contact our Security Office at (401) 722-2212 for assistance. You may also visit one of our branch locations to pick up an Identity Theft Assistance packet. Designed to assist you in resolving disputes, click here to learn more about a variety of Identity Theft Tools available to you.

For more information about fighting identity theft and reporting fraud, visit the Federal Trade Commission.

Examples of Common eMail Scams

The “Nigerian” Email Scam

Con artists claim to be officials, businesspeople, or the surviving spouses of former government honchos in Nigeria or another country whose money is somehow tied up for a limited time. They offer to transfer lots of money into your bank account if you will pay a fee or “taxes” to help them access their money.

Phishing

Email or pop-up messages that claim to be from a business or organization you may deal with – say, an Internet Service Provider (ISP), bank, online payment service, or even a government agency. The message may ask you to “update,” “validate,” or “confirm” your account information or face dire consequences. Coastal1 Credit Union will never send you an email asking for this information unless you have initiated the request.

Check Overpayment Scams (Fake Check Scams)

A response to your ad or online auction posting, offering to pay with a cashier’s, personal, or corporate check. At the last minute, the so-called buyer (or the buyer’s “agent”) comes up with a reason for writing the check for more than the purchase price, and asks you to wire back the difference after you deposit the check. It’s a phony story but might take awhile to discover. Once discovered, your bank wants the money back. The bank is required by law to give you access to the deposited funds within a few days, but they can’t be sure the check is valid by then. The responsibility rests on you for the checks or money orders that you deposit.

Pay-In-Advance Credit Offers

News that you’ve been “pre-qualified” to get a low-interest loan or credit card, or repair your bad credit even though banks have turned you down. But to take advantage of the offer, you have to ante up a processing fee of several hundred dollars.

Debt Relief

Emails touting a way you can consolidate your bills into one monthly payment without borrowing; stop credit harassment, foreclosures, repossessions, tax levies and garnishments; or wipe out your debts.

Investment Schemes

Emails touting “investments” that promise high rates of return with little or no risk. One version seeks investors to help form an offshore bank. Others are vague about the nature of the investment, but stress the rates of return. Promoters hype their high-level financial connections; the fact that they’re privy to inside information; that they’ll guarantee the investment; or that they’ll buy it back. To close the deal, they often serve up phony statistics, misrepresent the significance of a current event, or stress the unique quality of their offering. And they’ll almost always try to rush you into a decision.

Email Security

Never send sensitive information via regular unsecured email. Coastal1 Credit Union has secure email available within Online Banking. Should you need to contact the Credit Union with account specific questions, call or secure email us with your concerns and contact information. We’ll respond using the necessary security precautions.

Coastal1 Credit Union’s Security Measures

Coastal1 Credit Union employs a number of powerful security measures to protect you online.
Secure Site

Our web site address begins with “https://” which means your session is secure and your transactions will be encrypted using the latest encryption software technology. A “lock” icon will appear in the bottom right hand corner of your screen or in the address bar of your browser window – both are indications that you’ve entered a secure site.

Secure Logins

Each time you sign in to your online banking account via www.Coastal1.org you’ll be asked to provide a user ID and password.

Online User ID Change

You may change your user ID or password at any time by clicking on Preferences and then Security within Online Banking. We strongly recommend you make both your user ID and password something that is known only to you and is easy to remember. To keep them secure, do not share them with anyone.

Time Out Sessions

If you leave your computer unattended or forget to exit, we will automatically end your online banking session after a few minutes. We refer to it as a “time-out” and another way we work to keep your information safe and secure.

State-of-the-Art Encryption Technology

Information exchanged within Online Banking is encrypted for your protection. Encryption is the process by which information is translated into un-interpretable code and then back into a recognizable form.

Firewalls

Our data systems are protected by firewalls that are set up between our system and the Internet.

Detecting Fraud

The best detector of fraud and identity theft is you. Through proactive monitoring, you’ll be the first to notice any unusual activity and act fast before damage can occur.

  • Over 50 percent of all identity fraud is first discovered by the victim.
  • Email alerts will ensure you receive timely notification of Important Account Activity.
What You Should Look For
  • Accounts you didn’t open and debts on your accounts that you can’t explain.
  • Fraudulent or inaccurate information on your credit reports, including accounts and personal information like your Social Security number, address(es), name or initials, and employers.
  • Failing to receive bills or other mail. Follow up with creditors if your bills don’t arrive on time. A missing bill could mean an identity thief has taken over your account and changed your billing address to cover his tracks.
  • Receiving credit cards that you didn’t apply for.
  • Being denied credit, or being offered less favorable credit terms, like a high interest rate, for no apparent reason.
  • Getting calls or letters from debt collectors or businesses about merchandise or services you didn’t buy.
Check Your Credit Report Annually

An amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the major nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.

To order your free annual report from one or all the national consumer reporting companies, visit www.annualcreditreport.com, call toll-free 877-322-8228, or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to:

Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

You can print the form from ftc.gov/credit. Do not contact the three nationwide consumer reporting companies individually; they provide free annual credit reports only through www.annualcreditreport.com, or by calling 877-322-8228, or requesting by mail:  Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.

Click here for more information on credit reports.

Types of Fraud

Coastal1 Credit Union is committed to our member’s financial well-being. The information below can help you to identify many types of fraud:

Online Fraud

The following list contains various types and examples of Online Fraud.

Phishing and Spoofing
  • Sometimes criminals may send you email that looks like it has come from Coastal1 Credit Union. These emails may even ask you to call a phone number and provide account information. Unless you have initiated the request, Coastal1 Credit Union will never ask you to reply in an email with any personal information, such as your bank account number, Social Security number, ATM or Debit Card PIN.
  • Unexpected messages requiring urgent action on your part because your account may be closed if you fail to confirm, verify or authenticate your personal information. We will not ask you to verify your personal information in this way.
  • Claims, via email, that the Credit Union needs to confirm important information due to system and security upgrades. We will not ask you to verify information in this way.
  • Offers asking that you fill out a short survey in exchange for money that will be credited to your account. But, in order to receive payment, you must provide your account number for proper routing of the credit. We will not request your account number in this way.
  • Misspellings and grammatical errors are often the mark of fraudulent emails or websites.
Money Mules

Victims (Money Mules) are lured by the promise of making large sums of money for minimal work. The money mule is sent stolen money which they then send back through a wire or transfer. This type of fraud is similar to money laundering only done online. In some cases, victims of these scams not only have their bank accounts closed and financial reputation ruined but are often left financially responsible for returning the stolen funds.

Examples:

  • Overseas companies requesting money transfer agents in the US
  • Opening new bank accounts to receive money from someone you don’t know
  • Accepting large sums of money into your personal bank account for a new job
  • Transferring or wiring funds out of your personal bank account to people you do not know
Malware

Malware or “malicious software” is often used to steal personal information and commit fraud. Malware includes viruses, spyware and trojans designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system. Updated security and system software can protect your computer from malware threats.

Examples of malware distribution points:

  • Downloads from file sharing and social networking sites
  • Attachments and free software from unknown sources
  • Pop-up advertisements asking for personal or financial information
Keylogging Malware

Keylogging Malware is a software program that records keystrokes entered on the PC on which it’s installed. It then transmits a record of these keystrokes to the person controlling the malware over the internet.

Click here for more information on malware.

Man-In-The-Middle / Man-In-The-Browser Attack

By “inserting” himself between the customer and the financial institution, these fraudsters literally hijack the online session.

  • By intercepting the authentication credentials you’ve submitted and log in to your accounts.
  • By modifying the transaction content or by adding additional unauthorized transactions which, in most cases, are fund transfers to accounts controlled by the person committing the fraud.
Vishing

VoIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol are automated computer generated messages notifying consumers that their account has experienced unusual activity.

Mobile Fraud
Fake Mobile Banking Apps

Criminals may develop and publish fake mobile banking applications attempting to steal your Online Banking credentials.

Tips for recognizing an unofficial Coastal1 Credit Union application:

  • The application is being promoted on a third party site, somewhere other than the official application store for your mobile device.
  • There is a charge for downloading the application – Coastal1 Credit Union does not currently charge for mobile application downloads.
SMISHING

Smishing is phishing that happens via an SMS text message. A text message is sent tricking you into replying with financial or personal information. A virus can also be snuck onto your mobile device by clicking on links contained within the message. Don’t respond to a text message that requests personal or financial information. We will never ask you to respond in this way.

Stolen Devices

While offering convenience, mobile phones and tablets are easy to lose or steal, putting your information at risk.

Tips To Safeguard Your Mobile Device:

  • Password-protect your device.
  • Enable an automatic screen-locking mechanism to lock the device when it’s not actively being used.
  • Keep a record of the device’s make, model and serial number in case it’s stolen.
Traditional Online Threats

Viruses, malware and other programs that steal your personal information or financial details are also able to infect some mobile devices. Anti-virus programs are supported depending upon the type of device you use.

Fraud Prevention

Coastal1 Credit Union is committed to our member’s financial well-being. The information below can assist you in your fraud prevention efforts:

Safeguard Your Social Security Number
  • Do not provide your Social Security number unless you have initiated the contact and have confirmed the business or person’s identity.
  • When choosing a Personal Identification Number (PIN) or password, do not use your full or partial Social Security Number.
  • If you must provide your Social Security number in an email or on a website, ensure that it is secure, encrypted, and you know how the recipient will protect it.
  • Never record your full Social Security number on a check, traveler’s check, gift certificate, etc., unless required by law. In most cases, the last 4-digits of your SSN should be enough.
  • Don’t carry your Social Security card with you.
  • Have funds deposited directly into your account using direct deposit.
Secure Your Computer
  • Anti-virus and anti-spyware protections detect and remove viruses, spyware, etc. that can steal your personal information.
  • Operating system and software updates should be installed as soon as they become available.
  • Keep your web browser updates current.
Online Fraud Prevention Tips
  • Choose a password that’s hard to guess – not hard to remember. A combination of letters, numbers and special characters make the strongest passwords.
  • Emails sent offering you a prize or a discount may ask you to choose a User ID and password (most people use the same access information for several accounts. Thieves will collect your login information and try them at other sites, like financial institutions or credit card sites).
  • Don’t open an email from senders you don’t know.
  • Fraudulent emails often include misspellings and poor grammar. If you have any doubts about the authenticity of an email, do not respond.
  • Monitor your online account for unusual activity.
  • We recommend that you change your password every 60 days.
  • Update your anti-virus software frequently. Common anti-virus software includes McAfee and Norton.
  • Beware of emails with a sense of urgency, attempting to rush you into action like “Update now or we’ll close your account…”. Coastal1 Credit Union will never notify you in this way.
  • Not all email is secure. Do not include personal or sensitive data in or in response to an email.

Mobile & Online Banking

Step 1: Protect Your Computer / Mobile Device

  • Install and update your anti-virus and anti-spyware software frequently.
  • Keep your computer and mobile device operating systems up to date.
  • Make sure to keep your web browser software up to date by installing the most recent version to all devices used to access mobile/online banking.
  • Avoid using public wifi as hackers can position themselves between you and the wifi access point.  If you must use public wifi, be sure to update any file sharing or privacy settings to help prevent hackers from planting infected software on your device.
  • If your computer or mobile device operating system has a firewall, enable it.

Step 2: Keep Your Information Secure

  • If you do not recognize the sender of an email or have any doubts about the authenticity of an email, do not respond and delete it immediately.
  • Do not open the email or click on links or attachments, especially if they tell you the problem is urgent or the attached file ends in “.exe”.
  • Don’t give out personal information. Check a website’s privacy policy before you give them your email address.
  • Always use secure passwords. A secure password consists of upper- and lowercase letters and numbers.
  • Never share your password with anyone.
  • Do not include personal or sensitive data in, or in response to, an email.
  • Monitor your account activity closely and watch for unusual activity.
  • When you finish your online and/or mobile banking sessions, be sure to log out.
  • Do not store financial or personal information on your laptop, phone, or mobile device.

Step 3: Practice Safe Web Browsing

  • Only allow popups from sites that you authorize.
  • Do not give out personal information to blogs, forums, and other social networking sites.
  • Only make online purchases using secure sites that encrypt your information. To determine if a site encrypts your information, look for the locked padlock icon in the browser and “https:” in the address line.
  • Never access a website from a link in a suspicious email.
  • Access online banking sites by typing the address directly into the browser’s address bar.

Step 4: Protect Your Laptop, Phone, and/or other Mobile Devices

  • Be suspicious when installing applications/programs that require you to provide information that has nothing to do with the application’s purpose.
  • If you use your laptop, phone, or other mobile devices to conduct mobile banking, and your device becomes lost or stolen, contact your financial institutions and cell phone provider immediately.
  • Never leave your laptop, phone, or other mobile devices logged on and/or unattended in public.
  • Password protect and lock your laptop, phone, or other mobile devices when not in use.
  • Do not store financial or personal information on your laptop, phone, or mobile device.