Wondering how to make sure that you are getting the best banking available while not compromising your privacy? Here are some typical things to consider about an account.
Is their online site very well protected? The first and very important thing to consider is how well protected a bank’s online website is. This will be the place that you are entering all of your most important information, so you want to make sure that it is secure. Note that while smaller banks may not have as sophisticated a system online as other banks (meaning you may not be able to do as many things online), smaller banks may also be less targeted than national banks. These considerations vary greatly, so be sure to research the security of your bank or prospective bank.
What can it do for you? Once you feel confident about the security of your account, consider the amenities the bank offers. How much online checking can you do? How long does it take to transfer funds? Do they have convenient locations for you? All of these questions are important.
Is there an annual fee? Banks are now adding a annual fee for keeping a bank account, due to higher costs. There are some ways that you can avoid these expenses, however. Some banks waive the fee if you have a regular daily balance over $1,500. Other banks may also waive this fee if you have a direct deposit that monthly deposits $500 or more.
How can you get the best savings rates? Several banks will give you a better interest rate if you do everything online, as this costs them less overhead. Other ways to get a better rate is to have a higher daily balance, such as over $1,000, or to have an excellent credit score. Be sure to look around when taking into consideration which bank you will use, as smaller banks generally offer better rates.
Wherever you decide to bank, you should always research the banks in your area for the best rates and fees, the most flexibility, and, most importantly, the best security.