Online Banking

Here are a few ways to protect yourself from internet and email fraud:

Here are a few ways to protect yourself from internet and email fraud:


  • Never clink on links in unexpected emails that request confidential information. If updates to information are needed, always type the address for the institution’s website into your browser.
  • Before submitting confidential information through forms, make sure that you are using a secure internet connection. There are two ways to generally determine if a website is secure. First, look at the address bar at the top of your browser. If the address begins with https:// then the connection is secure. If it begins with http:// then the connection is not secure. Second, look for a “padlock” icon in your browser’s status bar at the bottom right hand corner of your browser. The padlock verifies that your connection to the website is secure.
  • Make sure that you have installed and updated the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Both viruses and spyware can leave you vulnerable to attack and intrusion. These measures will help keep your computer safe from malicious software that might have installed itself on your computer. These features are especially important if you are using a broadband internet connection like DSL, cable or satellite.
  • Install a hardware or software firewall. A firewall can help prevent attacks on your computer by determining if a requested connection is malicious. A firewall is especially important if you are using a broadband connection like DSL, cable or satellite.
  • Keep your browser, anti-virus and anti-spyware and firewall up to date. Visit the manufacturer’s website and check regularly for software and security updates.
  • Watch for misspelling or grammatical errors on forms requesting confidential information. Hackers often make errors. If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.