Internet Devices and Safe Online Banking

Internet Devices and Safe Online Banking

Remote access to bank accounts is a part of our daily lives now. By using smartphones, laptops, tablets, and desktops, we can access financial information with just a click. But these same devices have many other uses: cameras, newsfeeds, internet searching, video-streaming devices and TV remotes, smart home device connections, . . . the list goes on and on. Often they are all connected by a home network that shares all this information and provides internet access. Without proper security for each of these devices, your personal information is at risk.


Secure Your Internet Devices

Here are some necessary steps to provide an integrated approach to internet device security:

  • Passcodes and passwords - The strongest passwords use a combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols, and should be at least 10 characters in length. Best practice is to set a separate password for each device, so that if one device is lost, the rest are not compromised. Don't allow your passwords to be remembered by your browser software!
  • Security software - Most security software manufacturers offer an entire software suite of anti-virus, malware, and spyware protection for your devices. Each device may require specific  security software protection!
  • Install software updates - Many software updates provide fixes for security weaknesses, so be sure to sign up to receive any updates automatically, and remember to install them. These updates provide the most current defense against online threats!
  • Wireless network protection - Be sure to reset your home network router's default user ID and pre-set password upon installation.  Choose a strong password, and enable any firewall protection hardware already installed for added safety. The router is the gateway to the internet for all your devices, so make it safe!
  • Best use practices - Be wary of public wi-fi hotspots, since they are shared by many users and are not secured. Always log off from banking connections and applications using the financial institution's exit procedures. Back up your data regularly to an external hard drive, or personal cloud storage account. Make sure all your devices automatically lock or sign off from the internet within a short period of inactivity. Shut down or turn off your devices when not in use. 
  • Application downloads - A QR code to our bank mobile app can be found on our 'Available E-Services' page under 'E-Services' in our main menu. Be sure to download applications from reputable sites only.

Make internet device security a priority to protect your personal information.