Internet Safety

Is it safe to bank online?

Yes. We’d like you to know a few things about Banner Bank to ensure your personal information is protected.

How can I protect my banking information?

Here are a few things to know about Banner Bank and your security:

  1. Banner Bank will never ask for your personal or account information via email or text. Never, ever give that information out to anybody.
  2. Never share personal information via email or text messages; especially Social Security numbers, account numbers, PIN’s, or login information.
  3. Beware of phishing emails—these emails look like they are from your bank or other reputable companies and provide a link to verify or change your account in some way.
  4. Beware of suspicious text messages requesting your account information via your mobile device (e.g., cell phone, smartphone, tablet).
  5. Keep your passwords secret, do not share passwords, do not leave passwords in an unsecured area, and change passwords regularly.

Password Safety

What are Banner Bank's recommendations for passwords?

Here are our top 5 Tips for Creating Strong Passwords

  1. Make your password sufficiently long. Passwords should contain a minimum of 14 characters. More is preferred. Passwords of 20 characters are especially difficult for computers to hack. Choose phrases that are meaningful to you but are obscure enough not to be directly linked to your personal information.
  2. Make your password sufficiently complex. Websites won't always allow you to create a password that's more than 14 letters long. If that's the case, try to develop a password that includes characters in a combination that won't be easily guessed. The shorter the password, the more important it is that you introduce things like upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation. The longer the password, the less you need to use special characters.
  3. Update your anti-virus, anti-spamware and anti-malware software. The chance of a provider getting hacked is pretty small but the same can't be said of individual computers. If your computer is compromised, the complexity and length of your password doesn't matter because it's recorded and sent to whoever is attacking you. Keeping security software up to date will help prevent your computer from being compromised in the first place.
  4. Find out if the website you're using implements multifactor password protection. Multifactor password protection means there's more to logging in than just entering your username and password. That’s a good thing. It’s when companies ask you to provide additional information when you create an account so they can ask you questions that only you know when logging in. For example, when you create your account, you might be asked a series of questions like ‘The middle name of your youngest child.’ That’s easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess. You should prioritize companies that use this approach.
  5. Change your password often. Government agencies suggest that passwords be changed frequently—at least every few months—and that the same password not be used for every account. Also, avoid using the same password pattern over and over.