Although financial institutions do their part to keep you safe when you pay your bills online, there are also some things you can do to make sure you stay safe as well.
- Don’t click on a link within an email to get to a bank or financial website. There are some emails out there that are made to look like they are coming from your bank. These are actually malicious emails that will grab your password and other information once you get to the banks website and log in.
- Never trust an email that is asking for personal information. Even if the email appears to be coming from a source they you know, there is a good chance that it is not. It is not difficult for spammers to make an email address look like it is coming from a legitimate bank. If you are unsure, call your bank and ask.
- Only use your home computer to pay your bills. Don’t use public computers or work computers to make personal transactions that will contain your personal information. It is possible that they could have programs that record keystrokes and then spammers could remotely retrieve your credit card information or your social security number.
- Scan your computer frequently for viruses. It may not be a bad idea to scan your computer every time you are going to be doing any banking online. Find a good scanner that will check for programs that will be able to find keyloggers. It is very important to make sure you are getting a scanner from a reputable source so you don’t actually install spyware on your computer by mistake.
Online banking is convienent and safe as long as you take the necessary steps. There is always the chance that you could run into a problem of having your information stolen, but if you bank online correctly the risks are very minimal.