PNC Bank Offers Cyber Security Tips

                     PNC Bank Offers Cyber Security Tips

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 20, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --While multiple layers of cyber
security experts work diligently around the clock to protect your bank
accounts and personally identifiable information, the most powerful weapon in
fighting cyber crime is you.

"Successfully defending against cyber criminals requires a continuous team
effort," said Holly Ridgeway, chief information security officer at PNC Bank,
N.A. "PNC aggressively protects our customers. But, the customer must also
take simple, low- or no-cost precautions to better protect themselves by
tightening security around home computers and mobile devices."

PNC encourages you to join the cyber security effort. Protect your personal
information and avoid computer fraud by taking some preventative steps now:

1.Passwords and Person Identification Numbers (PIN)- Avoid using any type of
    personal information, including social security numbers, birthdays,
    significant names and account numbers, as PIN numbers or passwords. This
    personal information is easy to find and could increase your risk of
    compromising online accounts. If you are currently using personal
    information as passwords, it is a good idea to change them.
2.Differentiate your Passwords - Do not use the same password for social
    media sites and shopping that you use to conduct financial transactions.
3.Sluggish Computer Signals Problem -If your home computer becomes very
    slow, or takes a long time to load pages, that is an indication that
    spyware could be present. Use a reputable spyware removal tool regularly
    to minimize the risk of your information being stolen.
4.Wi-Fi Warning – Before logging on to a wi-fi connection in a public place
    (coffee shops, hotels, etc), confirm with an employee the EXACT name of
    their network and login steps. Hackers can hijack hotspots in public
    places to lure users to their own network, capturing passcodes and other
    valuable information.
5.Public Exchange – Avoid sharing confidential/sensitive information when
    logged onto a public network. You never know who might be watching.
6.Sanitize Your Cyber Space - Make sure you have the latest security
    software and operating system updates (patches) to defend against threats
    such as malware, viruses and phishing scams. Update apps frequently to
    stay current with new threats.
7.Click with Care – Be cautious of flashing "special offers" and pop-ups,
    especially when that click redirects you to an unexpected website. Good
    rule is never to provide personal information on a site that you do not
    know or cannot confirm is secure.
8.Do Not Donate Data - When you plan to upgrade your personal device, before
    donating or giving old devices to a family member, be sure wipe it clean
    of all data. Clear your browser history and cache too.

For more information how to prevent fraud and to protect the security and
confidentiality of your personal information, visit the PNC Security Assurance
page on

PNC Bank is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC).
PNC ( is one of the nation's largest diversified financial
services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential
mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government
entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based
lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter
for breaking news and announcements from PNC.

Amy Vargo


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