How to stay safe while online banking How to stay safe while online banking

How to stay safe while online banking

Online banking helps us save a lot of time and avoid eternal queues at the bank. However, remotely operating your account can be risky if you don't take these precautions into consideration.

Every time you start a home banking operation, you may be asking yourself if there are any risks of somebody hacking your account remotely. The answer is yes. Your personal information, as well as your password, can suffer attacks like phishing, identity theft, or pharming. 

There are several precautionary measures you can take in order to protect your account. Grab a piece of paper and write down these pieces of advice!

First of all, you should confirm your online bank's legitimacy. You can refer it in at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which has a tool that allows you to check it by yourself. This way, you can also prevent the risk of ending up in copycat websites that trick people by using similar names as some of the most popular banks.

Secondly, be careful when you receive an email from your bank asking for any data related to your account. Instead of clicking any links in the email, type in the URL of your bank and login. If the bank has anything to inform you, you'll find it when accessing your account. You can always double-check by calling the number of your bank. 

Another useful tip is to look for a small lock or key icon. This shows you that you're accessing the correct website related to your home banking and that the transactions are secure. Don't save your access name, Pins and passwords as default in any device, and never send this data over email. 

Sometimes, bank systems ask you for key questions to confirm that it's really you who's requesting remote access to your account. Choose strong and secure keys and don't share this information. 

If, by chance, you have to do any online transactions from another device, be sure to log out. You can verify it easily by opening the page again and checking that your data was erased.

You should also protect your computer. Sometimes, hackers attack not only banks but also customers. You should always update the virus and malware scanning software.

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