In recognition of National Cybersecurity Month in October, Western Bank and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) are reminding consumers of simple steps they can take to safeguard their sensitive data when making purchases online or via a smart device and what to do if they suspect their information has been compromised. 

“Educating customers about account security and cyber threats is something we all must be conscious about if we want to reduce the risk of sensitive information being exploited for criminal use,” said Mike Martin, CEO at Western Bank. “We take great care in handling our customers’ sensitive information and want to equip them with practical steps they can take to help strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity ecosystem and avoid falling prey to identity theft and fraud this holiday season.” 

There are steps consumers can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud. ICBA and Western Bank encourage consumers to:

Consumers can also make sure their account has not been compromised by taking the following steps: