Performing your banking tasks online has become one of the most popular avenues for customers to use. Whether using your mobile phone, tablet or computer, online banking provides great convenience and efficiency with your time.
With that said, some customers are uneasy about doing their banking online for security reasons. It is true that when being careless with your online banking you can potentially run into trouble. Our goal with this four-part series is to provide you with a few security tips to keep in mind whenever you are online – banking or otherwise. This is part two of our series and it covers online security. The first part of our series discusses mobile device security, part three touches on passwords, and we close with a couple tips on computer security.
At the bottom of each of these posts we have included four links to wonderful resources about securing your online banking activities. Additionally, please follow us on Facebook, where we will include #CyberSecuritySunday tips a few times each month.
- Never click on suspicious links in emails, tweets, posts or online advertising. Links can take you to a different website than their labels indicate.
- Only submit sensitive information to websites using encryption to ensure your information is protected as it travels across the Internet. Verify the web address begins with “https://” (the ‘s’ is for secure) rather than just “http://”. Some browsers also display a closed padlock.
- Avoid using public computers or public wireless access points for online banking and other activities involving sensitive information when possible.
- Always “sign out” or “log off” of password protected websites when finished to prevent unauthorized access. Simply closing the browser window may not actually end your session.
- Be cautious of unsolicited phone calls, emails or texts directing you to a website or requesting information. When in doubt, do not click.