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Online banking has become very popular over the past decade and many people are using their online capabilities for all their financial management needs. Those who have used online banking are now comfortable with it have found it to be an easy and fast way to get things done without having to visit the bank or credit union. While online banking can get things done fast, some still wonder if it is safe...
The answer to that question is yes. However, regardless of how you bank, it is best to maximize all possible avenues of enhancing your security - just to be safe.
There is no denying that individuals who bank online have a tendency to watch over their accounts better than those who do not use online banking. The reason is simple: those who use online banking have immediate access to their account information and can check their accounts anytime they want, seven days a week, and even set up real-time account alerts. Those who do not use online banking have to rely on their monthly statement to arrive before they can check their accounts in detail.
Even with added security and ease of use, online banking should be conducted with common sense safety in mind. Here are some good tips for making sure your online experience does not go astray.
Protect your device - Even if your Banking App or website, like Sunbelt Cloud Branch, requires a PIN or password to log in, locking your device can heighten security in the event an unauthorized person gets a hold of your device.
Choose a unique password - Try choosing a unique password for online banking instead of using the same password as your e-mail, online store logins, or social media account passwords. While your online banking may be super secured, if any other website or online service gets breached, hackers may gain access to your e-mail account and password, which can start a snowball of unauthorized access.
Check your accounts often - Checking your account daily not only promotes great financial management, but helps keep you up-to-date on all account activity and notices.
Establish online alerts - Alerts such as Central Sunbelt'se-Alerts can be set to receive up-to-the-second updates when a transaction posts, check clears, or any account information is changed.
Below is a quick guide to set up your e-Alerts using your Central Sunbeltaccount if you have not already.