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Protect Your Account Information

Protect Your Account Information

Tips for safe computer use:

  • Protect and Use Strong Passwords. Bank of Gravett utilizes multi-factor authentication technology for Online Banking. Make sure your password and other access information is strong and secure, your password will expire periodically and require a change. You may update and change your access information at anytime using the options tab in Online Banking.  Avoid utilizing personal information and don’t share your password and other authenticating information. Bank of Gravett will not contact you requesting you enter your login credentials.

 

  • Use a personal firewall. Many Internet service providers offer this feature. A personal firewall protects your home computer against unauthorized access.

  • Beware of malware infection with drive by download. Drive-by downloads may happen when visiting a malicious or vulnerable website, viewing an e-mail message or by clicking on a deceptive pop-up window. Malware is malicious software installed on your computer which has a harmful intent that can, for example, capture your login passwords and other personal data. Examples of malware include software such as spyware, adware, viruses, etc. The best way to protect yourself from malware is to exercise caution before installing programs on your computer or opening email attachments. Here are some precautions that are important to take:
    • Only install applications and software from well-known companies you trust.
    • Make sure your computer is cleansed from viruses/spyware and has up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed.
    • Keep your operating system and browser up-to-date with the latest security updates and patches.
  • Install anti-virus, anti-spyware and malware detection software. The best defense against computer attacks is preventative software. You will need to update the software regularly to guard against new risks, so download updates from your provider as soon as they're available. Or better yet, set the software to update automatically.
  • Use a pop-up blocker. Set your browser preferences to block pop–ups—aside from being annoying, these pop-ups can contain inappropriate content or have malicious intentions.

When conducting online banking and financial transactions, make sure to use a trusted computer. In addition, here are some guidelines for banking safely away from home:

  • Only use wireless networks you trust. Networks in Internet cafés, hotels, and libraries are usually not secure and are easy to tamper with. Even if they provide you with a password, that does not guarantee a secure connection. You should avoid using any public computers for online banking.
  • Avoid using a public or shared computer for personal transactions. Anyone who uses the computer after you and visits the same websites can sign on to your accounts. After you sign off, select the option to "Remove a user", if that option is available. Also, make sure to clear the Internet history and any cookies stored.

For security alerts, safety tips and other helpful security information, visit the following websites: