Safe Security Tips
Do not leave your phone, bank and credit cards unattended & do not let them out of your sight when making a purchase.
Never leave your phone or purse with bank or credit cards or info unattended in your vehicle, your work or other places.
Do not leave your phone or purse lying around.
Do not leave your phone or purse in trolleys when you’re out shopping.
Don’t respond to unsolicited emails that request personal information such as your debit or credit card numbers, pin numbers or passwords.
Do not give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or know with whom you are dealing.
Stay informed of new security practices.
Protect your pin# and passwords: do not share them with anyone.
Memorize your pin number and password.
Choose passwords that others cannot easily guess; do not write them down and carry on your person.
Clear sales text messages from your phone daily if not, often.
Be discriminating. Be sure who you're dealing with and don't give out your personal information freely.
Open a ‘new private browser window’ if you’re not using your personal computer.
Retrieve and review your mail promptly.
Track your purchases promptly.
Review your bank account often, a maximum of 30 days.
Please note that if you do not question a transaction on your account within 30 days, the Bank of Nova Scotia views that as you agree with your account's status as being accurate.
Review your credit card statements promptly.
Beware of fraudulent business opportunities telling you that you are going to earn money without doing any work. Or promises that you are going to make a lot of money. Do your research before investing your money into anything.
Safe Security Tips
Kids’ Online Safety Tips
It’s back to school again and now that you have made all the necessary preparations, it’s time to talk to your kids about being safe online.
Your child wants to keep in touch with their friends online, they want to chat and play games but in doing so, they sometimes become targets of those who hide behind fictitious profiles for sinister reasons. It is easier for persons to pretend to be what they are not when you cannot see or talk to them in person.
Keep the lines of communication with your kids open, your child should always be able to talk with you about any subject. Even if you found out that your child has done something inappropriate online he or she should be able to have dialogue with you.
Help your children to protect themselves from cyberbullies and predators by sharing this booklet with them:
Click to play and then share this video with your child to help them stand up to cyberbullies or help their friends to stand up to cyberbullying:
For more tips about the online safety of your child, please see this PDF document from the FTC - Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online
SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS
Onsite Shopping Tips
1. Shop with a friend or two
It is safer to go shopping with a friend or two than to go alone.
Pickpockets are much more likely to target you if you are by yourself.
2. Avoid Walking Alone
If you are alone, avoid walking back to your vehicle by yourself. Ask a sales rep or security guard to walk with you to your vehicle.
3. Park in well-lit areas
Even though you might have driven to the mall in daylight, it gets darker much earlier this time of year.
Parking as close to the building as possible means a shorter walk back to your vehicle when you are carrying all of your shopping bags.
Also, parking near light posts and in well-travelled areas means you’ll be better able to see and hear what’s going on around you.
4. Secure your belongings
Don’t keep valuables in sight in your car.
If you're going shopping at several places in one day, don’t keep shopping bags where a passerby could see them.
Instead, put shopping bags or valuables in your trunk, or hidden under a blanket in your car.
Make sure your windows are rolled up and check to be sure you locked all your doors before leaving your vehicle.
5. Be careful with your wallet
Don’t carry a great deal of cash: It’s easy to steal and being seen with a large amount of cash can make you a possible target.
It's also important to keep your wallet in a front pocket where you are more likely to notice if someone tries to pick your pocket.
Anyone carrying a purse should make sure it's kept zipped closed to avoid becoming an easy target for theft.
If you think your credit or debit card has been stolen, call your bank immediately to cancel it before it can be used by someone else.