Customer Education and Protection

At The Peoples Bank, your Security is of the utmost importance to us.  We believe that the best defense against online criminals is for our customers to remain as informed as possible.  We have provided this handy set of tips to help you protect yourself against phishing and identity theft.

The Peoples Bank will never call, email or otherwise contact you to request your access ID, password, or other log-in credentials for the online services we offer. If you receive such a request, do not provide any information. Contact us at 620-672-5611 to report the incident.

Password/Passcode Security Tips

  • Do not share your User ID's or Passwords or Passcodes with another person or provide them to others. Safeguard your User ID and Password information--never leave the information in an unsecured location.
  • Create a unique User ID and Password/Passcode for each site. Do not use the same identifying information on multiple websites.
  • Create strong User ID's and Passwords/Passcodes. In other words, use upper case letter(s), lower case letter(s), number(s), and special character(s) (!@#$%^&*)
  • Many websites force password/passcode changes (i.e. every 60 days). If a website does not do so, take the initiative and change your password/passcode on a regular basis.

Website Security Tips

  • Monitor account activity. Use our Notify Me Alerts. View account activity online on a regular basis and review periodic account statements (monthly and/or quarterly) and reconcile them to your personal records.
  • Log Off from a website; do not just close the page or "X" out.
  • Secure websites have a web address that includes an "s" (https rather than http). If this is lacking, the site is not genuine. Do not log in or conduct business on the site.
  • If a website displays a security monitor, verify it has the current date. If it does not, do not use the site; it may be a spoofed or hijacked.
  • When completing financial transactions, verify encryption and other security methods are in place, protecting your account and personal information.

Computer / Network Security Tips

  • Use quality security monitoring software on your PC that includes anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall functions.
  • Use your PC's security features such as individual Log-In accounts.
  • Keep PC operating system security up-to-date by applying patches and updates.
  • Password-protect your computer network (physical or wireless).

Web Resources

Learn more and do more to protect yourself online!

User-friendly sites for users of all ages and interests:
http://onguardonline.gov/
http://www.staysafeonline.com/

Consumer alerts and online security tips on the FTC website:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data/privacy.shtm

Youth and teens and those concerned about them will find the following helpful:
http://www.lookstoogoodtobetru.com/teen/tmain.aspx

Recent scams and how to report scams - Go to the IC3 website, a partnership of the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice:
http://www.ic3.gov

Scams and fraud and tips to avoid being a victim - Go to the FBI website at:
http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety