8 Ways to Boost Your Banking Security

Belmont Savings Bank is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of all customers. We continuously work to ensure your information is protected and meets the highest security standards within our platforms. How you protect your information also matters. Here are a few important tips that can help safeguard your data.

  1. Reconcile your transactions. Doublecheck all banking transactions at the end of each day using online or mobile banking apps.
  2. Verify the source. If you are unsure whether an email or telephone request is legitimate, verify it by contacting us directly. Use contact information provided on your account statement instead of what is provided in an email or by a caller. Belmont Savings Bank will never ask you to submit your personal and/or financial information such as your password, PIN, or CVV.
  3. Lock your device. Always keep your mobile device and computer locked when not in use.
  4. Keep software current. Decrease your risk of malware attacks by keeping all the software on your devices (including PCs, smartphones, and tablets) up to date.
  5. Maintain strong passwords. Longer passwords are safer passwords. The strongest are at least 12 characters in length and include numbers, lowercase letters, capital letters, and special characters (such as $, !, or _). It’s recommended that passwords be updated every 90 days.
  6. Confirm site is secure. Always ensure you’re using a secure website when submitting sensitive information over the Internet. To confirm you’re on a secure site, look at the beginning of the web address – it should be https:// rather than http:// and it should display a lock in the address bar.
  7. Practice safe browsing. Hackers can learn a lot about you from your browsing and social media usage. Enabling your privacy settings in web browsers, mobile operating systems, and on social media sites makes tracking your activity more difficult. Also, avoid using public Wi-Fi for private banking.
  8. Keep private information private. If you wouldn’t post it on a billboard, don’t post it on social media.

If you have any questions about online security, contact the Electronic Banking team at 617-993-1400, option 3.