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Information security from MidFirst Private Bank

Thanks to the Internet, access to information, entertainment, credit and financial services and everyday goods and services is readily available. However, the same Internet can afford someone the opportunity to improperly access your personal information and damage your finances and reputation.

Your information security is paramount to MidFirst Private Bank and there is a great deal to consider in helping minimize your risk. Included in the information below, you will find not only some of the security measures MidFirst Private Bank is taking, but also what you can do to help protect yourself.

Below is a brief description of methods thieves may try to use to victimize your financial information and suggestions on how to minimize your risk.

Phishing

Phishing is an online scam that involves fake emails designed to trick you into providing your personal information. For your safety, MidFirst will never ask for personal information from an email.

Phishing is a scam that uses fake emails and web sites to trick recipients into giving away their personal information such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and online banking user names and passwords. The most common attack is to receive an email appearing to be from a reputable organization with a link that actually takes you to an attacker's web site where your personal information can be recorded.

Identity Theft

With identity theft, a thief will use your stolen identity to obtain credit or take other actions that can harm your reputation.

Identity theft victims have had personal information stolen and used to commit fraud or obtain credit. Thieves will use credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, addresses or phone numbers to open a credit card or bank account, allowing for fraudulent purchases and other criminal activities. For the victim, correcting the damage can be costly and time consuming.

Software Threats

Software threats like viruses, worms and trojans can attack your computer rendering it unusable or leaving your information accessible by someone else.

Viruses

Viruses are programs that either hide inside other programs or move through email messages to infect your system. To protect your computer from viruses, you should be using anti-virus software. You can buy anti-virus software online or from a computer store. Vendors update their software everyday so make sure your software is set to update automatically. Monitor your anti-virus software to be sure it does not lapse.

Worms

Worms run across networks to find vulnerable systems that it will copy itself to and begin scanning from that system, infecting more computers.

Trojans

Trojans pose as legitimate programs but will actually put your computer and your information at risk.

Spyware

Spyware is a category of program that gathers information about your patterns, such as websites you visit, your bookmarks or search phrases you use. Symptoms of Spyware include a change in your home page, an increase in the number of pop-up windows, being directed to search pages you do not normally use or getting search results that do not match your request. Products from the major anti-virus vendors are usually the safest option to detect spyware and they can be configured to update automatically when new capabilities are released.

Bogus Check Scams

Bogus or fraudulent check scams involve the use of counterfeit checks to be deposited into your bank account with the intention of collecting the funds before your bank can determine that the items are fraudulent.

Internet based job opportunities with a "signing bonus"

The fraudulent hiring company claims to not have a United States bank account and asks the new employee to deposit the company's cashier's check or a check from a U.S. based vendor into their personal checking account. The new employee is then instructed to keep the "signing bonus" and possibly the first month's wages and wire the remaining funds to an overseas account. The original check is not legitimate and the scam is discovered after their bank tries to collect from the overseas account.

Internet based auction sales

The overseas buyer or winning bidder may send a cashier's check in excess of the sale amount to cover shipping. The seller is instructed to wire the remaining funds to an overseas account. In some cases, the sale is canceled after the payment is deposited but before the merchandise is shipped, with the buyer asking that a full refund be wired back.

Visit MidFirst Private Bank's Security Measures for more information on how we help keep your information safe, including Secure Sign-On for Internet banking.

For more information on how to protect your information while online, read more about what you can do to protect yourself or what to do if you are victim.

Additional Online Resources where you can obtain information regarding computer safety, latest threats, what to do if you are victimized and how to obtain your credit report.