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With increased use of the Internet has come the increased need for vigilance regarding the security of personal financial information.

We take care to help protect your privacy and the security of your accounts and assets, but you and the actions you take are essential for protecting your online security.

For instance, Cyber criminals may attempt to obtain access to personal account information through the compromise of a victim’s own computer or the use of compromised, unsecured computers or unsecured networks in public places.

Here are some important steps you can take to safeguard your personal information and protect your privacy and your assets.

  
Protect Your Online Security media

  • Review financial statements for unauthorized activity promptly after they arrive and contact the appropriate financial institutions if you find any discrepancies.
  • Review your credit report at least once per year. You are legally entitled to one free credit file disclosure every 12 months. Visit individual credit bureau Web sites or access yours at www.annualcreditreport.com, or call toll free 877- FACTACT (877-322-8228).
  • When disposing of documents containing personal information, take precautions to ensure that they are thoroughly destroyed.
  • Check your online accounts for unauthorized transactions at regular intervals. If you suspect fraudulent activity in any account, immediately call a representative of that financial institution.
  • Choose a personal identification number or password that is difficult to guess, keep it confidential and change it frequently.

Make Every Effort to Secure Your Computer media

Install a well-known, full-featured security package on all your computers. This package should have the following features at a minimum:

  • Anti-virus software.
  • Anti-spyware software.
  • Anti-phishing software.
  • Firewall software.
Keep the software up-to-date by regularly downloading security updates and patches.

Keep Your Contact Information Current media

Make it easy for your financial institutions to reach you by keeping your contact information current. This includes:

  • All your current telephone numbers (e.g., home, work, mobile).
  • All your current e-mail addresses (e.g., home, work, PDA).

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  • Secure your home networks.
  • Do not use public computers or networks that are unsecured or appear disreputable.
  • Protect your passwords and IDs from being easily found or guessed.
  • Do not open an e-mail from a sender that you do not recognize. Use caution when opening any attachments to
    e-mails from unrecognized sources.
  • Do not provide personal or financial information in response to an e-mail request. If you think the e-mail could be legitimate, then call the Customer Support number displayed on the official website; do not click through links in
    e-mail messages.
  • Do not enter personal information into a form within an e-mail message or a pop-up.
  • Immediately report any unusual activity regarding your Siebert accounts to us at 800-872-0444. Contact other financial institutions if you see unusual activity in those accounts.

Tools and Resources
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We encourage you to learn all you can about online security and utilize every possible measure to secure your personal data. Here are some links you may utilize in that regard:
 

  Protect Your Identity From Theft
media FINRA Investing Alert: "Keeping Your Account Secure: Tips for Protecting Your Financial Information".
media U.S. Government identity theft prevention site for consumers: Learn more.
media Consumer alerts from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Learn more.
 
 
Major Credit Reporting Bureaus
media Equifax:  www.equifax.com or toll-free 800-685-1111
media Experian: www.experian.com or toll-free 888-397-3742
media TransUnion: www.transunion.com or toll-free 800-916-8800
 
 
Secure Your Home Computer
media Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/security/default.mspx
media Apple: http://www.apple.com/support/security
 
 
Minimize Your Risks Online
media General Information on Online Security: http://onguardonline.gov/index.html
media Consumer Protection on Phishing: http://www.occ.gov/Consumer/phishing.htm
  





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