1. Always use anti-virus protection — Using a reliable anti-virus program can help deter unwanted and malicious programs from running on your computer or device. Some operating systems have built in anti-virus protection but lack many security measures compared to some top of the line suites. An active anti-virus program that scans incoming connections is one of the most useful tools to have when banking online. Even iPhone, iPad and Android devices would see improved security with anti-virus protection.
2. Use a strong password — A strong password should be longer than 12 characters, including symbols, upper and lowercase letters and numbers. Passwords should not resemble anything personal such as birthdays, birth locations, favorite cars, etc. When a strong password is used, criminals have a tough time conducting brute-force attacks. This is one of the most important online banking security measures because someone could find your username and try to piece together a password based on a dog’s name or birthday.