Online Banking Security
Is it safe to bank online?
Yes. We’d like you to know a few things about Banner Bank to make sure your personal information is protected.
Tips to keep your information safe:
- Banner Bank will never ask for your personal or account information via email or text. Never, ever give that information out to anybody
- Never share personal information via email or text messages; especially Social Security numbers, account numbers, PIN’s, or login information
- 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
- Beware of suspicious text messages requesting your account information via your mobile device (e.g., cell phone, smartphone, tablet)
- Keep your passwords secret, do not share passwords, do not leave passwords in an unsecured area, and change passwords regularly
- Use a different password to access your online accounts than ones you use for other applications
- Always log off your online banking session before leaving your computer
- Close all browser windows or tabs when ending your session
Tips to create strong passwords:
- Make your password sufficiently long. Passwords should contain a minimum of 14 characters. More is preferred. Choose phrases that are meaningful to you but are obscure enough not to be directly linked to your personal information.
- Make your password sufficiently complex. 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.
- Update your anti-virus, anti-spamware and anti-malware software. 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 and the browsers you use up to date will help prevent your computer from being compromised in the first place.
- 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.
- Change your password often—at least every few months—and don't use the same password for every account. Also, avoid using the same password pattern over and over.
What is a cookie?
A computer cookie is a small text file placed on your computer by a web site that you visited. A cookie is the term given to describe a type of message that is given to your computer’s web browser by a web site you are visiting. The main purpose of a cookie is to identify who you are and possibly prepare customized Web pages or to save site login information for you. Cookies also help tailor your experience when you visit websites.
What does a cookie store?
Cookies have six parameters that can be passed to them:
- The name of the cookie
- The value of the cookie
- The expiration date of the cookie
- The path the cookie is valid for - this sets the URL (address) path the cookie is valid in.
- The domain(website) the cookie is valid for
- The need for a secure connection
Are cookies malicious?