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Online Identity Protection

Online Identity Protection means following best practices to help you browse the internet safely and securely.

About Online Identity Protection:

Online security includes following best practices while you are banking online, shopping or just surfing the internet.

Following some simple guidelines can help protect your identity and allow you to conduct business online with confidence.

Be selective about where you surf. Not all Web sites are benign. Sites that are engaged in illegal or questionable activities often host damaging software and make users susceptible to aggressive computer attacks.

Use a secure browser. Always use secure Web pages when you are conducting transactions online. A Web page is secure if there is a locked padlock in the lower left-hand corner of your browser.

Secure your wireless network. If you use a wireless network, make sure you have properly secured it by using a strong password and proper encryption tools.

Select a strong password. The best password is an undetectable one. Never use birth dates, first names, pet names, addresses, phone numbers, or Social Security numbers as your password. Instead, use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Be sure to change your passwords regularly.

Don't choose "Remember My Password." You should never use the "remember password" feature for online banking or transactional Web sites.

Work on a computer you trust. Firewalls, antivirus and anti-spyware software will help protect your computer and your personal information.

Don't use public computers for sensitive transactions. Since you cannot validate the computer's integrity, there is a high risk of fraud when you log in from a public computer.

Limit User Administrative Rights. Administrative rights are often necessary for uploads, downloads, installations, etc. Limiting these rights can protect against the inadvertent download of malicious software and viruses.

Log off, disconnect, shut down. Always sign off from online banking or any other Web site that you have logged into with a user ID and password. Utilize automatic timeout features that prevent others from continuing your online banking session in case you leave your computer unattended without logging out. When a computer is not in use, disconnect it from the internet or shut it down.

Additional suggestions for business customers:

  • Do not share passwords. Each user should have a unique login ID.
  • Do not access personal email accounts through a business computer.
  • Consider a stand-alone PC for Online Banking
  • Consider a Cyber Insurance Policy to help cover you in the event of fraud.
  • Notify the Bank when an employee with Online Banking access has left the company.