In today's environment, the security of your business data is more important than ever. We take data security very seriously, and provide both electronic and physical protection for all information you provide to us. Our electronic data security policies include data backup and encryption and access authentication, while our physical security standards set strict limits on which employees are entitled to see your information.In addition to the safeguards we provide, there are also things you can do to protect your business and personal data. Help protect your online accounts by following these simple rules:
- Never, ever share your account credentials (username/password) with anyone. You may be tempted to share such information with an administrative assistance or fellow employee for momentary convenience – “I will be out this afternoon, can you check on this for me? My password is...” Don't do this! Failure to protect your account credentials is an open invitation to data theft.
- Use a strong password. Your spouse's middle name, your favorite celebrity or pet's name, or any other regular word makes a poor password, as it is easy for some types of cyber attack to bypass. The best passwords contain a mix of upper- and lowercase letters and numbers. Use a phrase you can remember, such as a memorable quote or line from a song, to create and remember your password. For example, you might create a secure password with a line from a song (“I've got the key to the highway”) and a significant number (e.g., the last 4 digits of your ZIP code), to create a secure password such as “Igtk2th1201″.
- Memorize it! The best place to keep your password is in your memory. Don't put this sensitive information on a sticky note on your monitor or a note in your desk or wallet. If you forget your password for an State Bank system, give us a call and we will help you regain access.
- Don't forget to log out. When you are are finished with your online tasks, don't just close the browser Window; log out. It's also a good practice to log out if you are called away from your computer while logged into any secure system, so that coworkers or even customers who may be present in your office cannot see sensitive data.
Don't give away your data – watch out for attempts to get you to divulge passwords or other personal information through false electronic communications. Such attempts are known as “phishing.” Phishing is a way of getting the unwary person to divulge sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and financial data (bank account or credit card information) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an email. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used for these schemes. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website that appears to be almost identical to the legitimate one.
When in doubt, contact us.
Any time you suspect an email message is not legitimate, or that someone may have gained unauthorized access to your account, let us know immediately so that we can take measures to protect your data.