Safe Online Banking: A new video series

I’m really excited to introduce you to a great new Security Compass video series on Safe Online Banking. These videos are for the everyday banking user (like you and me) who sometimes gets a bit concerned with the “safe”-ness of online banking.

Even if we trust our banks to protect us, criminals have many sneaky ways to steal our information. In the end, we may have to trust ourselves and it becomes helpful to learn how you can protect your identity, your money from being lost! We hope this video series helps you with keep your stuff safe.

We’ll be releasing these videos once a week, so please come by next week for more and thanks for watching. If you have any feedback please, find us on twitter @Securitycompass or let us know at:



Our first video in this series is about Identity Theft. Criminals today are persistent and sneaky. Your identity is worth a lot of money to them, including your accounts and credit cards. Before you know it, you could be the unknowingly proud owner of a new address, credit cards and possibility a mortgage to boot.

At Security Compass, We’d like to give you some steps you can follow to protect yourself against Identity Theft and also help you understand how it happens. Enjoy the video and please leave your comments to tweet to us @securitycompass

Remember to protect yourself from Identity Theft (or in laymen’s terms, losing your stuff to the bad guys…):

  • Don’t share sensitive information online!
  • If a site is randomly asking for account information, SIN #, IDs, do not disclose this information voluntarily! Call the bank and ask why they need it.
  • Many criminals will set up fake banking sites, how do you know if it’s real? You don’t! So that is why it is best to ignore these requests.
  • Memorize PIN and passwords
  • If you can memorize your PIN, it’s better than keeping it on paper. If you must write it down, try not to keep it in the same place as your bank card. That’s giving a thief a free pass.
  • Shred your documents
  • If you have many financial statements, rip them up before throwing them away. Sometimes people dig through the trash for this type of information.
  • Protect your passwords
  • Avoid giving your passwords out online! Simple and sweet!
  • If you have a hard time remembering passwords, try using a phrase? “over the rainbow” for instance is easier to remember than any complex password.

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