Great North Bank Security Statement
The Great North Bank requires all of its vendors and service providers to take proactive steps to ensure that the systems they own or participate in contain adequate security measures to prevent the possibility of unintended distributions of confidential information and the potential for fraud-related losses. Our Online Banking Service Bureau requires the highest form of encryption. Additionally, its state-of-the-art firewall technology is the first line of defense in preventing unauthorized access to any information transmitted.
Included in this operation system is the capacity to allow only secure connections by end users. Utilizing secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, transmissions of web pages and data between The Great North Bank and its customers are completely encrypted and unreadable to any person or group trying to intercept the transmission. Using SSL encryption is common to the industry and in Internet applications that require security and privacy for sensitive data.
We Recognize Your Expectation of Privacy
We understand that you expect us to maintain proper safeguards to protect confidential information you provide to us. The privacy of your information is protected not only be state and federal laws but also by our commitment to the protection of your financial information. This Policy has been prepared to explain to you what types of information we collect, how we use that information, and the circumstances under which we may share all or part of the information. Under no circumstances do we provide deposit or loan account personal information to third parties for the purpose of independent telemarketing or direct mail marketing of any non-financial products or services of those companies. We disclose information permitted or required by a variety of federal and state laws, as required to consummate your transaction, and as directed by you. Our strict policies to protect your information applies equally to current (active) accounts as well as inactive (closed) accounts both loans and deposits.
Your User ID and Password
The most important way of protecting your Online Banking transactions is by your self-selected User ID and Password. Be sure to keep them a secret. Memorize them and, if you need to maintain a written record of the codes, it is recommended that you store them away from your computer in a secure place and not in your wallet or purse. Always make sure that no one is watching you enter the information and always log off the Great North Bank Online Banking website whenever you are away from your computer (click the “log off” button). If your computer is left unattended and the browser is running with your User ID and Passowrds entered, anyone can gain access to your accounts. It is recommended that you change your Password often and do not use simple words or numbers in sequence. It is recommended that you use upper case and lower case numbers and letters and use symbols that are unique to you. Stay away from obvious words and numbers, like a family member’s birthday or name.
Account Number Masking and Account Aliases
For security reasons, consumers complete account number(s) never appear on the computer screen. When the account number is displayed it should appear as xxxxxxx789 instead of 123456789. Masking should occur from the left. Account “aliases” are user-defined titles for the consumer’s accounts (i.e. “my checking”) and is to be used when displaying account information.
When consumers are accessing the online information, the connection is automatically converted into a secure Internet communications session.
All personal and account information that passes between your computer and the Great North Bank’s Online Banking is encrypted. This means that while your information is in transit, it is scrambled so that only the Great North Bank’s computer equipment can reassemble it to its original text format. When the Great North Bank sends personal account information to you, it is also encrypted so that only your computer can decipher it and reconstruct the data transmitted. You are encouraged to NEVER send any type of personal information through a regular e-mail system. Regular e-mail media do not provide privacy and your messages can be captured by someone other than the recipient. You should always confirm that any e-mail message is generated to and from a secured websites.
There are also internal procedures in place within the Great North Bank Online Banking system that includes a system of filtering routers and firewalls. Filtering routers verify the source and destination of each transaction while firewalls shield the Bank’s customer service network from outside sources. These two systems then protect the Bank’s internal accounts from illegal outside access while keeping the structure of the Bank’s internal networks invisible to outside observers.
The Great North Bank is continuously evaluating its security systems to insure that the Bank provides the latest and most secure levels of privacy and security that are appropriate for our Bank customers.
Internet Privacy Frequently Asked Questions
What are cookies?
A cookie is a file sent from a website to your computer’s hard drive that is logged on to the site. This file allows the site to recognize whether the computer has been there before and what security requirements and browser preference the computer requires. Only the site that sent the cookie can read the cookie, and only information that has been given directly by the logged on user to the site is accessible. Computer viruses cannot be transmitted through cookies.
Do I have to accept cookies?
You as a customer can choose not to accept cookies. You may do this by making the appropriate selection from your browser options. Please understand, however, that certain services require cookies for effective delivery. Whenever this is the case, you will be informed that you will need to allow cookies if you wish to receive the service. Cookies also make your visit to a site simpler by keeping you from having to re-enter your password every time you change pages within a secure session.