Tips for Performing Financial Transactions Safely Online – Tip #3

3. Look For Signs a Website is Legitimate

  • Before entering any personal information, check to see if the web address is secure by looking for https and a padlock; the padlock may be in the address bar or in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
  • Make sure you’re at the correct site by looking for a green address bar; below are examples of this from CNB’s website:
    • Internet Explorer
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Apple Safari

Tips for Performing Financial Transactions Safely Online – Tip #2

Tip #2. Create Strong Passwords

  • Mix combinations of words, digits, and special characters
  • Use different passwords
  • You should not use the same password for multiple accounts. If one of your online accounts is hacked, that single password could be used by hackers to access other accounts you have, like a bank account.
  • Be creative
  • Don’t use obvious passwords like birth dates, phone numbers, family member’s names, or anything else directly related to your life. Be creative and choose passwords that are not easy to guess.
  • Don’t write your password down