Information from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Steps You Can Take To Secure Your Online Bank Accounts

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Protect your bank accounts from being hacked by following these simple safety tips.

Password protect your phone, tablet, computer

Password protect your devices when not in use to prevent unauthorized access and to protect yourself in case your device is lost or stolen. Consult the documentation of your device for information on how to set up password protection.

Don't keep your accounts auto logged in

Avoid keeping your bank or credit card accounts auto logged in. While the auto login feature is nice, you run the risk of unauthorized access.

Avoid banking on public WIFI

Public WIFI isn't necessarily secure. Avoid doing online banking on public WIFI networks. Save that for a secure network at home.

Don't provide personal or account information unless you initiate contact

Your financial institution should not ask for you to supply personal information, such as your social security number or account number, via text or email. Be suspicious of any unsolicited requests for your information. When in doubt, contact your financial institution via the phone number on the back of your debit/credit card.

Delete old text messages from your financial institution

If you bank via text, delete old text messages no longer needed.

Report lost/stolen devices right away

If your mobile device is lost or stolen, report it right away to your wireless carrier and to your financial institution. Many financial institutions connect your phone number with your account. You'll want to let them know if your device was stolen.