Is online banking safe enough?
Online banking is safe when secure bank technology on the back end meets alert consumers on the front end. As an account holder, you play a role in making sure your accounts are protected. Large data breaches make headline news but criminals also work at smaller scales by attacking individual consumers directly.
For example, they send out emails or text messages pretending to represent financial institutions and hope to hook unsuspecting victims with their so-called phishing scams.
The message might suggest there’s a problem with your account and ask for your bank password or Social Security number. Or it might say you won $100 million, but your account information is needed to wire the funds. If you reply, the criminal could use the information to illegally make purchases or withdraw money from your account without your permission of course!
You may already want a bank or credit union that offers accounts with low fees and high interest rates. Add "top notch security" to your checklist for when you're looking over the available options, so make sure your online account has robust technology in place.
It's important that your online chats and data are secure when you're on a public network. If there is no encryption, then the information transmitted can be monitored by anyone with a strong enough connection to intercept it! The best way to ensure security for private networks at home or away from home is through VPNs. You should always visit websites using HTTPS in order to make sure they have been encrypted; this starts with http://.
Do not forget to install the updated anti-virus software on your device.
A combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols will create a password that is hard to crack. The more complex the password gets, it becomes harder for hackers to break into your account!
Activate the text alerts of your banking so whenever you make a transaction, you will receive a message. This is how you can keep an eye on your online transactions.