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Will your password pass the “Bot” test?
“Bot” – such a simple little word, with a seemingly harmless task – Automation.
A bot is a computer program created to perform a specific task over and over. They are used every day, in countless ways, across all industries. They increase productivity, streamline processes, and in general make our lives simpler through the automation of everyday repetitive tasks. Unfortunately, the same Bots used to simplify our lives can also simplify the lives of hackers and make them more productive as well.
Hackers use bots to facilitate brute force cyberattacks. Brute force bots are programmed to run through tens of thousands of username and password combinations in milliseconds, in an attempt to gain unauthorized access to your online accounts – banking, shopping, credit cards, email, anything with data and a password. This method is fast and effective.
Letter from the President
Ahhh…the lazy days of summer are almost upon us! As we all navigate the frantic end of school events and activities, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and the slower pace of summer ahead. If you are planning a vacation this summer, I would like to remind everyone of a few safety tips that could alleviate possible financial difficulties during your trip:
- Prior to leaving, contact your financial institutions with your travel destination and any locations where you may be using your debit card. This will prevent denials due to unfamiliar location, which will often lead to a temporary block on your card. Also, make sure your financial institution has the best possible contact number for you.
- Download the GTSB Mobile App. Have 24/7 access to account balances, transfer options, and online Bill Pay.
- Download the Shazam Brella App for added security and 24/7 control of your GTSB Debit Card.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, especially anyone paying a bit too much attention at an ATM or checkout line as you enter your PIN. If you feel uncomfortable entering your PIN, remember that Debit card transactions can always be processed as credit transactions which would eliminate PIN entry but require your signature. The transaction will still be deducted from your checking account as if you had entered your PIN
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