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IT & Data Security

EQUIFAX DATA BREACH

On September 7, Equifax, one of the three largest credit reporting agencies, announced a data breach involving the personal information of approximately 143 million U.S. customers. The breach exposed personal information that includes names, birthdates and Social Security numbers. We are investigating the exposure our members have to this breach and we are here to help in any way we can.

Next steps:

  • Equifax has established a website with the latest news and instructions: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/    
  • Monitor your active accounts with your existing financial institutions for any potentially fraudulent activity, such as new loans.

For your information:

  • In the aftermath of an incident like this, scammers will often prey on individuals even further. Verify phone calls and watch out for phishing emails.
  • Review your credit score annually for free and with no impact to your credit score: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/

KEEPING ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SECURE

Verity places emphasis on keeping your personal information secure through all electronic channels. Our website, including online banking, is secured via digital certificates and industry-standard encryption. Your information reaches Verity through SSL to help protect the information, but it is also your responsibility to use up-to-date software and security features and to connect to our website through trusted networks.

To keep your information as secure as possible with changing technology, we encourage you to ensure your web browser, anti-virus software, and other protection systems are updated regularly. 

Verity's website does use the "cookies" feature of your web browser, but rest assured a cookie doesn't not personally identify you and instead is used to cusomize your website experience. One use of cookies is during member transactions. By using time-sensitive session cookies, your online banking session will time-out if left idle for too long, protecting your accounts in the event you walk away from a computer without logging off.