How to Protect Yourself


At OptionsHouse, we do all that we can to make sure that your confidential data remains secure.  But you also have a responsibility and role in helping keep your account safe and secure.  By following account security best practices and being diligent about always using smart internet safety practices, you can help us in the protection of your account.

Choose Electronic Statements – Research shows that paper documents remain the most prevalent way identity theft takes place.  Reduce this risk by choosing electronic statements.

Use the OptionsHouse Authenticator to Add An Extra Layer of Security to Account Logins Learn more about the OptionsHouse Authenticator 

Enable Secure PIN to Protect Your Personal Information – Learn more about Secure PIN 

 

Tips and Best Practices for Online Security

1.  Use antivirus software and antispyware and make sure both are running and up-to-date.

2.  Use a firewall on both your computer and router and make sure it is turned on.

3.  Turn on anti-spam and anti-phishing features and software.

4.  Change your password frequently and follow good password security guidelines such as:

                  Do not reuse old passwords

                  Do not use the same password for multiple accounts

                  Don’t use Personal Identifiable Information in your password or user name, i.e.                   Social Security Numbers, Birthdays, School Names, Hometowns, or Pet Names

                  Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols in your password

                  Don’t use a word that can be found in a dictionary as your full password

                  Create passwords of eight characters or more

5.  Do not access your account from a public computer such as in a library, hotel, internet café, or kiosk. These are more likely to be infected with a virus or spying malware that can compromise your login credentials or account information.

6.  Monitor your account.  Check your account, statements, and confirms regularly to verify all transactions.

7.  Use the OH Authenticator to add an additional layer of security to your login.  Learn more about the OptionsHouse Authenticator

8.  Enable Secure PIN to Protect help protect your personal information and prevent unauthorized cash transactions. Learn more about Secure PIN 

9.  Logoff your account when you are finished.

10.  Do not open emails from unfamiliar sources and do not click on strange links in either emails or instant messages.

11.  Do not download software from a source than you cannot verify.

12.  Stay alert and use common sense.  If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts and avoid unwise behavior.

13.  Do not share your login credentials with unauthorized users of your account.

 

Learn how to protect yourself from online threats

 

For additional information and tips regarding online security, visit the Department of Homeland Security.