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Be Careful When Using Online Banking


Be Careful When Using Online Banking

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Online banking is an incredibly convenient way to manage your finances. Nearly every bank and credit card company allows for some type of online banking. This is simple. You have a specific log in that will lead you to all of your financial information. You can often pay bills and transfer money through online banking. Unfortunately,  bank online is done through computer and the Internet, which have a habit of being insecure. If you are not careful when using online banking, you could be giving away your personal banking information to others. There are a few things that you can do to ensure that you are careful when utilizing online services.

Secure Log In Check

Before you sign in and use an banking online program, you should check the bottom of the web browser. In the bottom left hand corner will be a small yellow lock. This lock means that you are giving your information over a secure connection. Without this lock, you could be giving your information to a third party without knowing it. The lock means that the website and data entry information are encrypted. This makes it much harder for anyone who is attempting to steal your log in information. If you are trying to use online service but find that it is not over a secure connection, do not use it. It may be convenient, but it can and will cost you in the long run.

Password Protection

You need to make sure that your password is secure. If you are not careful, your password could be easy to crack. Anyone who wanted to get a hold of your financial account and financial information could do so. Be sure to create a password that is random and hard to ‘guess’. Also make sure that the bank online company has a secure way to send you a lost password. Without it, it could be easy for anyone to request your password.

Logging Out

When you are finished with your online banking session, you need to be sure that you log out. If you do not physically click the log out button, you may stay signed in. Anyone who uses the computer that you used to check your bank account could then get into your bank on-line account. It could also give more time to those people who want to crack into your bank account.

Checking for the lock that indicates a secure log in is crucial to being careful when using online banking. It helps you to ensure that you are giving your password and information over a secure connection. Password protection, and having a secure password, will allow you to make it difficult for others to log into your account. By logging out, you can be sure that you have stopped the connection, preventing anyone (both online or in person) from finding and using your account. You need to be responsible when using online banking to ensure that your finances are safe.