7 Online Safety Tips to Protect Yourself from Fraud

Stay one step ahead of cybercriminals with these online safety tips, and learn how you can protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, and cyber attacks.

1. Keep your computer and software up to date

Make sure you have the latest security updates and patches for your operating system and software. Cybercriminals are constantly finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities, so it’s important to stay ahead of the curve.

2. Use strong passwords

Weak passwords are easy for hackers to guess. Use a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols to create a strong, unique password for each of your accounts.

3. Be careful what you click on

Hackers can use malicious links and attachments to infect your computer with malware. Be wary of emails and links from unknown sources, and never click on anything unless you’re sure it’s safe.

4. Don’t give out personal information online

Be careful about the personal information you share online, including what you post on social media. Avoid participating in online surveys that ask for personal details. Never give out your bank account information, social security number, or any other sensitive data to anyone, especially if you don’t know them personally.

5. Be aware of phishing scams

Phishing scams are designed to trick you into giving up your personal information. These scams can come in the form of emails or pop-up messages that ask you to provide login details or other personal information. At Fidelity Bank, we will never ask you to provide your personal information via email or other unsecured channels. If you receive a suspicious email or message, do not click on any links or provide any information. Instead, contact us immediately so we can investigate and help keep your account safe.

6. Know who you’re dealing with

If you’re shopping online, make sure you are dealing with a legitimate website. Look for the https:// in the address bar. This indicates that the site is using a secure connection, which means your personal information will be encrypted. Be wary of any site that doesn’t have this.

7. Report anything suspicious

If you see something suspicious online, don’t hesitate to report it. At Fidelity Bank, we take the security of your accounts very seriously. If you notice any unauthorized transactions, unusual activity, or suspicious behavior, please let us know right away. You can also report suspected fraud to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if it occurred on a website, in an app, or on social media.


By following these tips, you can help keep yourself safe online and prevent fraud and identity theft. If you have any questions or concerns about the security of your account, please don’t hesitate to contact us or check out our FAQ page.

Our LifeDesign blog is designed with our clients in mind, and we welcome your feedback and requests for topics you’d like to see covered. Our goal is to provide you with the care, clarity, and confidence you need to achieve your financial goals. Thank you for choosing Fidelity Bank as your trusted financial partner.