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Online Security Tips
The Maries County Bank values the trust our customers place in us and we work very hard to protect your identity and confidential information. We will continue to do all that we can to protect you but we need your help. Please read these tips that will help you stay informed, protect your identity, and help protect you from foreseeable threats.
- Use a strong password
A strong password will have at least 8 characters that contain letters, numbers, and special characters. When creating your password, always avoid using personal information, such as your name or date of birth. Instead, use something unique that only you know.
- Do not reuse your password
Do not use your Online Banking password for other accounts, like Facebook or email.
- Do not give confidential information over email
The Maries County Bank will never ask for you confidential information via email. If you receive an email asking you to verify any account information, do not respond and call The Maries County Bank directly.
- Never give personal information unless you know who you're communicating with
Never give out personal information over the phone, through mail, or on the Internet unless you've initiated the contact and are sure you know who you're dealing with. If you must share personal information, always confirm that you are dealing with a legitimate organization.
- Access your accounts from a secure location
Do not access your Online Banking account from a public computer.
- Always log out when you are done
It's always a good idea to log out of your Online Banking account when you've finished your business. This will lessen the chance of someone gaining unauthorized access to your account.
- Keep your computer up-to-date
Make sure your computer is always up-to-date with the latest security updates. Securing your computer is the first step to preventing someone from accessing your accounts without your consent.
- Monitor your accounts regularly
Regularly monitoring your accounts is the best way to catch unauthorized transactions. Call The Maries County Bank immediately if you suspect someone has been authorizing unsanctioned transactions on your account.
Mobile Banking Tips
Many consumers use mobile devices for financial services to save time when accessing accounts, help track spending, and manage money. Using mobile devices is a lot like using a computer, and you should use similar best practices for security—especially since your mobile device can get lost or stolen.
Here are some tips for using your mobile device more safely and securely to help you achieve your financial goals.
- Set up alerts
You can set up alerts by text message, email, or even app notifications. Alerts can tell you when your account balances are low, when your credit card exceeds a limit you set, and even when a charge over a specified amount is placed on your credit card.
- Protect your personal information
Don't share your PIN or password with anyone, and don't save them on your mobile device. Think twice about accessing your accounts on a phone or device that you share with another person.
- Use passwords
Password protecting your mobile device can help prevent access to your information in the device. Don't use easily identifiable passwords like your name or birthday.
- Use secure websites or apps
Don't login to your accounts through links that are sent to you by email or on a website or app you don't recognize. When using free or public wi-fi, try to use a private network and go to a secure site that begins with HTTPS.
- Remove sensitive information from your old mobile device
If you get a new mobile device, be sure to delete your data and information from the old device. You may have left names of banks, passwords, or other clues that could help identify your personal information.
- Report the loss or theft of your mobile device
If you lose your mobile device, don't forget to report the loss to the bank if your device can provide access to your accounts through apps.