Practice Safe Online Banking
Follow these tips to help make online and mobile banking as secure as possible.
- Protect your information – keep personal info personal. Do not share your personal information. Even if it sounds legitimate, if someone calls and asks for sensitive information from you, hang up and call your bank using the bank’s phone number on file. Your bank will never call and ask you to share your Credit Card Verification (CVV) code, your credit or debit card number, or your pin number.
- Protect your home WiFi network with a strong, unique password. Don’t share this password with others. Consider using passphrases. Passphrases are a series of random words or a sentence. (e.g.: I love green eggs and ham = Ilov3gr33n3ggsandh@m).
- Avoid using public computers or WiFi when banking online. Even if a page has encryption, it’s still smart to avoid public Wi-Fi altogether. Use a virtual private network, your cellular network or your own home’s WiFi to access the internet when online banking.
- If you must use a public computer, refrain from logging into secure sites that store your information, and make sure you delete your browsing history—including cookies—once you’re finished using the computer.
- If your phone is connected to public WiFi, don’t disclose your personal information or enter password-protected sites.
- Diversify your passwords. Avoid using identical or similar passwords between your social media accounts, your personal email accounts, and your financial and banking accounts. Otherwise, if and when less secure systems are compromised, it’ll be that much easier to compromise your other data.
- Use strong and unique passwords. Use a combination of words, numbers, symbols, and both upper- and lower-case letters. Consider using passphrases. Avoid using words that can be found in the dictionary. Change your password regularly for extra protection.
- Actively monitor your account. Check your online banking account often. Banks are good at recognizing fraud, but they might not always spot every questionable transaction among every customer. Review your account frequently to quickly spot any suspicious account activity.
- Pay and receive money only with people you know. Many online and mobile banking tools allow you to send and receive payments to and from others. If you don’t know the recipient, you shouldn’t use online or mobile banking to make a payment. These transactions are risky, similar to how sending cash to a person you don’t know is risky. You should exclusively send money to friends, family, or people you trust with online and mobile banking.
- Set up email or text alerts. Alerts can give you immediate notice of suspicious activity on your account.
- Do not overlook your mobile device. Your mobile should be treated like your personal computer. The security on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, has become increasingly important in protecting your personal and account information. The collection of an increasing amount of sensitive information through apps, communications, and operating systems puts anyone at greater risk.
- Protect your devices. Make sure any anti-virus software is up-to-date. It’s also smart to research anti-virus software and select one reputable provider. Installing numerous anti-virus tools can slow down your device. Make sure your anti-virus software scans incoming communications and files for viruses that could cause you trouble. Also, remember to:
- Sign-out or lock your device(s).
- Be aware of what is going on in the news with devices and scams.
- Don’t let others use your device(s).
- Set a pin or passcode to access your devices for an extra layer of security. It’s critical to be careful when creating these. Don’t use birth dates, parts of your Social Security or driver’s license numbers, your address or your children’s or spouse’s names. Someone trying to steal your identity probably has some or all of this information.
- Keep your contact info current. Don’t forget to notify your bank if you move, change your primary email address, or get a new phone number. Contact information can be updated through online banking.
Bern (785) 336-6121
Axtell (785) 736-2973
Bern (785) 336-3634
Axtell (785) 736-2356
NOTE – Please scroll down for important information about email.
State Bank of Bern
402 Main St – PO Box 123
Bern KS 66408
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday: 8am – 10am
State Bank of Axtell Branch
413 Maple St – PO Box H
Axtell KS 66403
Monday – Friday: 9am – 3pm
Saturday: 8am – 10am
If you would like to request additional information or want to speak to a State Bank of Bern professional, please call us at (785) 336-6121 in Bern or (785) 736-2973 in Axtell.
We are also available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, however requests and inquires re-quiring immediate attention should not be sent via email. Because a bank representative may not review an email message immediately, you should contact the bank by telephone or in person for immediate attention. If you do email us, please be sure your email does not include confidential personal or account information such as account or social security numbers, credit or debit card numbers, access IDs, passwords or PINs. Also be aware that email messages will not serve as a sufficient method for any requirement imposed on you to provide written notice; nor may email messages be used to place a stop payment on a check, request account transfers, opt-out of personal information sharing, or report lost or stolen banking codes and cards.
The State Bank of Bern will NEVER ask for sensitive personal or account information (account or social security numbers, credit or debit card numbers, access IDs, passwords or PINs) via email. If you receive an email asking for confidential information from someone claiming to be a State Bank of Bern representative (even though it looks official and may include our logo), DO NOT RESPOND. Forward the email to us at email@example.com, then permanently delete it from your computer.