Ensuring your credit union website is a safe environment

first_imgWe are always stressing to our members the importance of being safe when performing banking tasks on their computers or mobile devices. We pass along advice on unique passwords, installing anti-virus software, keeping computer software and apps up-to-date and avoiding public computers and WiFi. But, have you ever stopped to think about the best practices for ensuring your website’s safety? What steps can you take to provide a safe environment for your members’ personal and financial information?Ensuring your website is a safe place for members to handle financial transactions and access sensitive information grows more important as they become more accustomed to online banking at anytime, from anywhere, and as online criminals become more savvy.Obtain an SSL CertificateThere are very few industries where the protection of sensitive information is more important than the banking industry. As a credit union, your website is created using https:// which identifies the security of your site. It signifies that communication between computers, including your members’ financial information, is encrypted.An SSL Certificate helps to ensure a secure connection between a users interaction on a website and the retrieval of information from the server in an encrypted manor. Most notably, SSL certificates enforce a padlock and https:// features of the URL. But as an added bonus, these secure certificates are actually helping to influence search engine optimization.Use Caution When Updating Your CMS and Plug-InsYour website is created and runs through a content management system. The most popular is WordPress, but you may also use Express Engine or another platform. Your CMS is what lets your team, with limited knowledge of coding or web building, add content to, and manage, your site on a daily basis. In addition, your website probably includes several plug-ins, which are third-party applications added to your site’s admin to customize and enhance the functionality of the site.Like any other software, your CMS and plug-ins will have regular updates that need to be done to keep everything working properly. When you see an alert that an update is available, take caution before blindly hitting “Update.” You may find out the hard way that a simple update now causes plug-ins to have conflict and in return communicate improperly with each other, causing big issues for your site as a whole. Let your IT team, or external development team, handle all software updates, as they can often catch these glitches before they become a bigger problem.Consider IP Blocking for Admin AccessYou may have several employees who have access to the admin section of your credit union’s website. The marketing team is adding blog posts and new promotions, human resources is updating open positions and the lending team is keeping interest rates up-to-date.To protect the integrity of your site, the best decision may be to add IP blocking for admin access. This ensures that site updates are made from work computers only and not personal computers, which you can’t monitor for viruses or regular software updates. Installing this feature can also help protect the information of your members. By only allowing admin access to your CMS within the walls of your credit union/network, you’re taking an extra step at security monitoring and safety. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Steffy Matt is the IT & Security Office at Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union. He is a malware analyst and reverse engineering enthusiast who also enjoys attending music festivals and concerts … Web: https://www.lrrcu.org Detailslast_img read more

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One more exit from the GFF

first_imgACTING General Secretary of the Guyana Football Federation is the latest to have tendered his resignation at the office of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).Mr Meerson Jones, in an invited comment, made it clear that he was forced to resign because of a critical family situation abroad, which he has to attend to immediately. That is the reason he quit his post that he was acting in for the last three months, yesterday“It was a very challenging period and I learnt a lot. I feel committed to the development and once I am here again I would be involved. I must thank the Federation for giving me the opportunity to serve the sport which certainly has a long way to go. I would also like to extend best wishes to the football family,” Jones told Chronicle Sport in parting.Last week Friday, the chief accountant Christine Jones handed in her resignation as well. Two financial directors and a technical director have also departed for greener pastures since this current executive assumed office last year November. The General Secretary was fired three months ago.last_img read more

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The Latest: UEFA to host calls with European soccer leaders

first_imgThe UEFA executive committee is set to join by video link on April 23. It will follow separate days of calls with UEFA’s 55 member federations and club soccer officials.UEFA is giving priority to completing national league and cup competitions. One contingency plan is for games to continue into July and August and decide entries for the Champions League and Europa League next season.This season’s Champions League and Europa League could resume once domestic titles are decided.The UEFA executive committee last month postponed the European Championship by one year to 2021. Other games affected include World Cup qualifying groups, the 2021 Nations League finals and the women’s Euro 2021 tournament in England.___ April 14, 2020 It is unclear if cycling’s biggest event will be scrapped from the race calendar. New plans are likely to be announced before the end of the month following consultations with the governing body of cycling.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Asian Football Confederation says it has postponed “all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June until further notice.”Most of the 32 Asian Champions League teams played two group games in February before the coronavirus outbreak caused a shutdown.The AFC says it “will explore all possible options in order to complete” those groups.___The first women’s professional golf tournament in Saudi Arabia has found new dates in October. The Latest: UEFA to host calls with European soccer leaderscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___UEFA says it will host another round of calls next week for European soccer leaders to address the shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. The inaugural Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour was to be played last month but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The $1 million event will now be played from Oct. 8-11 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City.___The Tour de France won’t begin as originally planned because French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled. Associated Press last_img read more

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