1. Bookmark your accounts
Save your Accounts to your web browser's favorites, shortcuts or bookmarks folder. Whenever you need to access your accounts, use the link you saved. Always check to see if the website shows, "Secure" which is usually indicated with a padlock in the upper lefthand corner like this. Be cautious if the account asks for additional information that you do not normally give.
2. Additionally to bookmarks, Save your account information OFFLINE.
Write down the web address / url and login information in a notebook or document that you save offline (not on your computer) and can access to make sure you are going to the right address. Save pertinent information with each entry like a Customer Service phone number. These details can also be helpful for family members should they ever need to take over administration of an account for you. Or if you forget your logins or your computer is wiped or hacked.
3. NEVER click the link provided in an email.
If you need to check your account to make sure the notice is legitimate, then use the link you saved in a bookmark or wrote down elsewhere. DO NOT CLICK THE EMAIL LINK.
4. Call Customer Service
If you aren't sure whether an email is legitimate or if you've been compromised. Don't hesitate to call the Customer Service line for the account in question. Be sure to check your bookmarks or tangibly written information for the contact number. Don't just google and hope the number Google shows you is the right one.
Protecting yourself in the future -
- Follow the guidelines for saving and accessing your account information offline and online.
- Use unique and strong passwords for each account.
- Do not use the same password for more than one account. Turn on two-step verification.
- If in doubt, ask someone for help.