CANTON, Mass. (January 26, 2015) – On Wednesday, January 28, Bank of Canton customers will be asked a simple question when visiting their local branch:
Have you updated your online passwords in the past three months?
January 28 is National Data Privacy Day, commemorating the 1981 signing of the first legally binding international treaty on privacy and data protection. It’s led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit, public private partnership focused on cyber security education.
“As a financial institution, safeguarding our customers’ private information is essential,” said Stephen P. Costello, President and CEO of Bank of Canton. “We go through extraordinary measures to protect our customers’ data, and we’re taking this opportunity on January 28 to remind them that they also play an important role in protecting their information.”
In addition to reminding customers to update their passwords every three months, Bank of Canton branch staff will also provide customers with a handout containing additional suggestions to help ensure the safety of their personal information, including:
- Create “c0mplic@t3d” passwords. Avoid birthdays, pet names and simple passwords like 12345.
- Keep tabs on your accounts. If you notice unusual or unauthorized activity, notify your bank right away.
- Stay alert online. Never give out your personal financial information in response to an unsolicited email, no matter how official it may seem.
- Mobilize your defenses. Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices.
There is also a checklist of actions to take if you suspect you’ve been a victim of fraud or identity theft.
“Working together, Bank of Canton and its customers can help keep private information and financial data more secure,” Costello continued. “We’re proud to support this initiative. It’s a great reminder that we all play a role in information security.”
About Bank of Canton
Bank of Canton has branches in Brookline, Canton, Quincy, and Randolph, and Mortgage Centers in Auburn, Norwell and Marshfield, and lends throughout Massachusetts. Established in 1835, Bank of Canton is a Massachusetts-chartered mutual savings bank that offers its consumer, business and government banking customers access to a full array of deposit, loan, investment and convenience service options. All deposits at Bank of Canton are insured in full with at least $250,000 insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and all deposits above that amount insured by the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). The Bank has no stockholders and profits are paid back to the consumer in the form of better interest rates, personal service and a vast array of financial products and services. For more information, visit www.ibankcanton.com. Member FDIC. Member DIF. Equal Housing Lender.