It wasn't that long ago when the only way to deposit, transfer or withdraw money was to physically visit your local bank branch or ATM. Today, thanks to the wonderful world of technology, consumers have a full suite of options to choose from when conducting their financial transactions.
With online and mobile banking on the rise, it's only natural that security be on the minds of both financial institutions and customers.
So what's the deal? Is mobile banking a secure way to bank? In sort - yes. 1st Mariner's Mobile Banking solution offers the full encryption and security suite that is utilized for our traditional (desktop) online banking platform. However, as with most things, as technology gets more advanced you can never be too safe.
There are certain precautions customers should keep in mind when opting to go mobile.
1. Download the official app from your bank's website.
It's only natural to go to the iTunes store or Android Market when you are looking to get a new app. However, non-reputable people are putting apps out there everyday, for the purpose of phishing consumer information. It's always better to start with your bank's website to make sure you aren't being scammed.
2. Don't send personal information via SMS (text messaging).
Regardless of the situation, never EVER send personal information, (PIN, account numbers, social security number, passwords, etc.) via SMS. SMS is not encrypted, so your bank will not send personal information via SMS, and you could leave yourself vulnerable to phishing if you send sensitive information through this medium.
3. Avoid conducting your banking needs on public networks.
While enjoying your coffee at the local coffee shop might sound like a good time to check your account balances,you might want to think again. Most public Wi-Fi networks are not secure so always be sure to switch to a secure network (i.e. your phone's 3G or 4G data plan) before logging into your account information.
4. Take advantage of your phone's security features.
Perhaps the biggest risk associated with mobile banking is the risk of losing your phone. Almost all smart phones offer some sort of security feature that is built into the phone itself. From screen locking mechanisms to GPS locating apps (i.e. Where's my Droid or Find My iPhone), your phone offers several different ways to prevent your personal information from getting into the wrong hands. As new phones hit the market, the security features will continue to become more and more advanced (i.e., facial and fingerprint recognition).
5. Take advantage of your bank's mobile banking security offerings.
If you are considering a mobile banking app, look for one where data can be wiped from your cell phone, if you lose it. With 1st Mariner's mobile banking, users can access their account from their desktop and shut down access through their mobile phones and thus eliminate the risk of fraud.
Still not sure if you are comfortable taking your banking mobile? That's okay - we commend you for being overcautious when it comes to your finances. We are too! That's why we're here to walk you through the ins and outs of our mobile banking services and answer any questions that you have. You'll see for yourself just how secure mobile banking really is.
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