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Here’s some important info you might want to be aware of!

User ID and Password Guidelines

  • Create a “strong” password with at least eight characters that includes a combination of mixed case letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Change your password frequently.
  • Never share user name and password information – with family, friends, or with third-party providers.
  • Avoid using an automatic login feature that saves user names and passwords.

General Guidelines

  • Do not use public or other unsecured computers for logging into Online Banking.
  • Check the last login date/time every time you log in.
  • Review account balances and detail transactions regularly (preferably daily) to confirm payment and other transaction data and immediately report any suspicious transactions to your financial institution.
  • View transfer history available by viewing account activity information.
  • Whenever possible, use Bill Pay instead of checks to limit account number exposure and to obtain better electronic record keeping.
  • View transfer history available through viewing account activity information.
  • Take advantage of and regularly view system alerts; examples include:
    • Balance alerts
    • Password change alerts
    • Transfer alerts
    • ACH alerts (for cash management users)
    • Wire alerts (for cash management users)
  • Do not use account numbers, your social security number, or other account or personal information when creating account nicknames or other titles.
  • Use the historical reporting features of your online banking application on a regular basis to confirm payment and other transaction data.
  • Never leave a computer unattended while using Online Banking.
  • Never conduct banking transactions while multiple browsers are open on your computer.
  • An FBI recommended best practice is to suggest that company users dedicate a PC solely for financial transactions (e.g., no web browsing, emails, or social media).
  • If you have an FI-assigned token for use at sign-on or transaction approval, keep it secure and do not misplace or share.

Tips to Avoid Phishing, Spyware and Malware

  • Do not open e-mail from unknown sources. Be suspicious of e-mails purporting to be from a financial institution, government department, or other agency requesting account information, account verification, or banking access credentials such as user names, passwords, PIN codes, and similar information. Opening file attachments or clicking on web links in suspicious e-mails could expose your system to malicious code that could hijack your computer.
  • Never respond to a suspicious e-mail or click on any hyperlink embedded in a suspicious e-mail. Call the purported source if you are unsure who sent an e-mail.
  • If an e-mail claiming to be from your financial organization seems suspicious, check with your financial organization.
  • Install anti-virus and spyware detection software on all computer systems. Free software may not provide protection against the latest threats compared with an industry standard product.
  • Update all your computers regularly with the latest versions and patches of both anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
  • Ensure computers are patched regularly, particularly operating systems, browsers, and key applications.
  • Install a dedicated, actively managed firewall, especially if using a broadband or dedicated connection to the Internet, such as DSL or cable. A firewall limits the potential for unauthorized access to your network and computers.
  • Check your settings and select, at least, a medium level of security for your browsers.
  • Clear the browser cache before starting any Online Banking session to eliminate copies of web pages that have been stored on the hard drive. How the cache is cleared depends on the browser and version you are using. This function is generally found in the browser’s preferences menu.

5 Factors That Affect Your Credit Score

PAYMENT HISTORY
AMOUNTS OWED
LENGTH OF CREDIT HISTORY
NEW CREDIT
TYPES OF CREDIT IN USE

Financial institutions use your score to make lending decisions, so manage it carefully

5 Factors That Affect Your Credit Score

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