Safety First: How to Stay Safe while Banking Online
September 11, 2017
The average American spends over 10 hours a day using technology! With a growing dependence on the internet for everyday activities, consumers must make smart choices to remain safe and secure.
Online banking is a convenient and efficient way to keep track of your money, make financial decisions, pay bills, and more. When it comes to banking, it is always safe to, well, “play it safe.” Here are some tips you can use to protect yourself and your banking information online.
The first, and easiest, step to staying safe is monitoring your passwords. Change your password regularly, and mix up the use of uppercase and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Most importantly, never write down your passwords or type them in a document on your computer.
Make sure you are using a secure network.
If possible, monitor your account on your own Wi-Fi at home. If you are out in public, try using cellular data. In some cases, Wi-Fi may be the only option – make sure that website URL starts with https. This says that the website is secure.
Don’t open or respond to suspicious emails.
“Claim your $100 gift card NOW... I would like to send you $10,000… Click here for $1,000,000!”
We have all received spam like this in our mailboxes. Many times, these are attempts by someone to steal your information and money. Simply delete any email from your inbox that seems a little fishy.
So… what changes do you need to make today to remain safe while banking online? Stay tuned for more blogs coming soon!