What’s happening with online banking?
We care deeply about keeping your money safe while providing you with easy access to your accounts. With the continued growth of online banking, there are increased needs for greater security standards to keep you and your money well protected. In addition, the government issued new guidelines, calling for enhanced security measures for online banking. Thus, we have upgraded our security procedures to provide you with the best protection available. Our new security standards will make it even safer for you to monitor and manage your money while safeguarding against unauthorized access to your accounts. While they may not have these requirements today, all financial institutions are moving toward greater security.
We made this change a couple of weeks ago and when you logged in to online banking you were prompted for information and experienced the security changes. Although change is hard and can be inconvenient, we needed to make these updates to meet security standards and improve your security – and position us to provide you with the best in online banking now and in the future.
Following are some FAQs related to the change:
Why are you changing the security standards?
When you logged in after the upgrade, the system checked to ensure that your user ID and password were as strong as they can be. If your user ID and password did not meet the new requirements, you will be guided through the steps to update them.
What are the new requirements?
User ID and passwords needed to meet the following requirements:
User ID criteria:
- Must be between six and 20 characters long
- Must contain one letter
- Can contain numbers and/or the following special characters: @$*_-=.!~
- Must NOT contain any spaces (including before, in the middle of, or after the user ID)
- Must be between six and 32 characters
- Must contain a combination of:
- Letters and numbers or
- Letters and any special characters or
- Numbers and any special characters
- Must NOT contain any spaces (including before, in the middle of, or after the password)
- Cannot be a substring of the user ID
Other items to note about passwords:
- Passwords are case insensitive
- Passwords do not expire
What are the steps to the upgrade?
The upgrade guided you through a three-step process:
- Step 1: The system checks your current user ID and password to see if they meet the new security standards stated above. If the user ID and/or password need to be updated, you are prompted on screen to make the change before proceeding. Otherwise you will see a message stating that your login is fine.
- Step 2: The system checks if your phone number(s) are registered. If any phone numbers are identified, the system will display them and allow you to review and edit these numbers if desired. If you do not have any phone numbers registered, you will be prompted to enter up to two phone numbers. These numbers will be used to send you a one-time passcode via a voice call or SMS text message (you choose the method). If you do not have a phone, then you can receive your one-time passcode through email. You will be able click a link to provide an email address during this step. By default you will be shown the email address within your online banking profile, and any change to this email address will be saved as your primary email address within your online banking profile.
- Step 3: Finally, there is a secondary challenge with any of your registered devices from Step 2. You will have the opportunity to go back to Step 2 to provide a new device if you realize you have made an input error. Once you have successfully completed the secondary challenge, you will see a confirmation message and you will have the option to have your computer (or mobile device) remembered so that you can skip this step in the future.Note: If you enabled a phone number for SMS in Step 2, you will not be challenged again given that SMS enrollment requires you successfully complete a challenge there; instead, you will be presented with a success message and can choose for your device to be remembered before entering online banking.
How will using my phone make my account safer?
We are implementing what is known as “multifactor authentication” which makes it more difficult for phishers and attackers to access your accounts without you knowing it. While this might seem unfamiliar, you actually use it every time you visit an ATM. When you access your account from any ATM, you need both your ATM card (something that you have) and PIN (something that you know). We’re implementing the same type of protection by using both your user ID and password and your phone to access your account. By doing this, even if an phisher or a attacker manages to steal your password and tries to use it to log in, they would be unsuccessful because they would need your phone as well.
Will I always need to use both my user ID and passcode and my phone from now on?
The first time you attempt to log in from a new computer, you will need to use both your password and the access code you receive on your phone in order to log in. If you are accessing from a private computer that you personally use, you can opt for the system to remember your computer for future logins.
By doing this, you will not need to repeat the step of obtaining an access code via phone, and you will only need your user ID and password in the future to log in.
For the best security protection, we suggest that you always use both your phone and your password. If you do opt to have your computer remembered, we recommend that you do so only on computers that you personally own and that have the latest updates and virus protection software installed on them.
How about if I log in from another computer or mobile device?
The first time you log in from another computer or mobile device, you will need to use both your password and a new one-time passcode code to log in. However, you can choose to have your new computer/mobile device remembered on the system so you only need your user ID and password for future access to your account online.
What browsers do you support?
We support Internet Explorer 8 and 9, the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome and the latest versions of Safari for Mac OS X.As of January 2012, we no longer support Internet Explorer 7. It’s inconvenient but in some cases you may need to update your browser.