We're excited to announce that Grand River Bank has become an official partner of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™campaign, a national public awareness effort that increases the understanding of cyber threats and empowers the American public to be safer and more secure online. It encourages Americans to view Internet safety as a shared responsibility–at home, in the workplace, and in our communities.

As a proud partner of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™, Grand River Bank is now part of an unprecedented effort among federal and state governments, industry, and non-profit organizations to promote safe online behavior and practices. It is a unique public-private partnership, implemented in coordination with the National Cyber Security Alliance.

More and more, Americans are using new technologies and spending more time online. Our growing dependence on technology, coupled with the increasing threat of cyber-attacks, demands greater security in our online world. This presents the need for simple, easy-to-understand resources and tips to help ensure their safety and security. The campaign provides access to these types of resources to give Americans the tools they need to make more informed decisions when using the Internet.

Securing the internet is a responsibility we all share. As a partner, Grand River Bank will help create a culture of online safety, cybersecurity and privacy awareness at work and in the community.

Being safer and more secure online starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ .

Follow these tips to better protect yourself, your information and the larger digital community:>

Lock Down Your Login: Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. 

Keep a Clean Machine: Keep all software on internet-connected devices – including PCs, smartphones and tablets – up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware. 

Personal Information is Like Money. Value It. Protect It.: Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected by apps and websites. 

When in Doubt, Throw it Out: Cybercriminals often use links to try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it. 

Share With Care: Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future. 


Additional Resources

Simple Steps to Online Safety. “Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.” Learn how to be safer and more secure with online cybersecurity advice click here

Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical for all organizations ‒all employees play an important role within their organization. When each person makes a conscious and proactive effort to learn about cybersecurity, they enhance the company’s ability to guard and protect the organization from vulnerabilities. Simple Employee Tips click here

Cybersecurity while Traveling Cybersecurity should not be limited to the home, office, or classroom. The more we travel and access the Internet on the go, the more cyber risks we face. No one is exempt from the threat of cyber-crime, at home or on the go, but you can follow these simple tips to stay safe online when traveling click here

Mobile Security – Tip Card Mobile devices enable Americans to get online wherever they are - it’s important to understand how to protect yourself when connecting on the go. Mobile tips click here

Social Media Guide Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet. With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post and every status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with these social media companies and the world. How can you make sure you and your information stay safe online? Learn more to help you safely navigate the social media world click here