Cyber Smarts

V.P. Credit Union is raising awareness through its new Cyber Smarts webpage and encouraging its membership to be vigilant with the protection of their personal financial data at all times.
Technology creates tremendous convenience and makes a number of things much more efficient in our daily lives today. However, it also presents many opportunities for sophisticated criminals to do us harm as well. The best way to combat these cybercrime risks is to educate ourselves as best we can and to be extremely mindful of how our personal data and financial information is used and communicated. VPCU has selected a number of articles that we recommend our membership review. We have categorized them accordingly and we shall be posting new article links periodically.

Topic #1: Phishing

Phishing is defined as the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
January 10th, 2019, Phishing Education – Source: Better Business Bureau

September 16th, 2019, Smishing Explained - Source: Webroot Smarter Cyber Security 

Topic #2: Identity Theft

Identity Theft is defined as the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain.
January 10th, 2019, Identity Theft Education – Source: Better Business Bureau
November 6th, 2018, Identity Theft Education – Source: Equifax Canada

Topic #3: Online Scams

Online Scam is a term used to describe any fraudulent business or scheme that takes money or other goods from an unsuspecting person.
September 21st, 2018, Phone Scams – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation

June 23rd, 2018, CRA Phone Scams - Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation
March 12th, 2018, Romance Scams – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation
November 14th, 2017, Top 10 Scams – Source: Better Business Bureau

March 4th, 2015, Tech Support Scams - Canadian Broadcast Corporation

Topic #4: Cyber Security Overview
These selected articles are more general in nature and focus on how businesses are tackling the cyber security challenges of today.
July 11th, 2019, Computer Safety Tips – Source: Canadian Credit Union Association

January 16th, 2019, Cyber thieves – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation 

November 22nd, 2018, Cyber attacks – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation  

March 18th, 2018, Password Security – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation