When conducting online banking and financial transactions, make sure you use a trusted computer. In addition, here are some guidelines for banking safely away from home:
Dual Control - Business transactions should require two employees to complete the transaction. One employee will input the transaction information and the second employee will independently verify the transaction.
Only use wireless networks you trust - Networks in Internet cafes, hotels, and libraries are usually not secure and are easy to tamper with. Even if they provide you with a password, that does not guarantee a secure connection. You should avoid using any public computers for online banking.
Sign off when you are finished - If you use a public computer, remember to "sign off" when you have completed your banking, clear the browser's cookies, clear the cached files from the browser, and close the browser window.
Avoid using a public or shared computer for personal transactions - Anyone who uses the computer after you and visits the same websites can sign on to your accounts. After you sign off, select the option to "Remove a user", if that option is available. Also, make sure to clear the Internet history and any cookies stored.
Secure Website - Make sure any Internet purchase activity you engage in is secured with encryption to protect your account information. Look for "secure transaction" symbols like a lock symbol in the lower right-hand corner of your Internet browser window, or "https://..." in the address bar of the website. The "s" indicates "secured" and means the web page uses encryption.