Important security tips for secure online banking

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New Delhi: Internet banking allows you to transact quickly and conveniently. Online banking has made all banking functions accessible with just a few clicks. However, this feature should be used with great caution due to the risk of phishing – a fraudulent way of obtaining your confidential banking information. Here are the tips for online banking secured by SBI:

* Access your bank’s website only by typing the URL into your browser’s address bar.

* Be aware of downloading any malicious apps from mobile app stores (Google Playstore, Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, Ovi Store, Windows Marketplace, etc.) that offer online banking services. Please verify their authenticity before downloading them, by contacting your bank.

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* Do not click on any link in an e-mail message to access the site.

* SBI or any of its representatives never email/SMS you or call you by phone to obtain your personal information, password or one-time SMS password (high security). Any e-mail/SMS or phone call constitutes an attempt to fraudulently withdraw money from your account via Internet Banking. Never respond to such emails/texts or phone calls. Please report a report of dot phishing immediately to sbi dot co dot if you receive such an email/SMS or phone call. Please lock your user access immediately if you accidentally reveal your credentials. Click here to lock.

* Don’t be fooled if you receive an email/text message/phone call promising a reward for providing your personal information or for updating your account details on the bank’s website.

* Having the following will improve your internet security:

* New version of the operating system with the latest security patches.

* Latest version of browsers (IE 7.0 and above, Mozilla Firefox 3.1 and above, Opera 9.5 and above, Safari 3.5 and above, Google Chrome, etc.)

* Antivirus signatures applied

* Regularly scan your computer with Antivirus to make sure the system is Virus/Trojan free.

* Change your Internet Banking password at regular intervals.

* Always check the last login date and time on the post-login page.

* Avoid accessing Internet banking accounts from internet cafes or shared computers.

* After logging in, you will no longer be asked to provide your login username and password. Also, you will not be asked to provide your CREDIT or DEBIT CARD details when using internet banking. If you receive a message (eg via a pop-up window) requesting such information, please do not provide this information, even if the page appears to be “genuine”. These pop-ups are most likely the result of malware infecting your computer. Please take immediate action to disinfect your device.

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