Encryption is the process of scrambling private information to prevent unauthorized access. To show that your transmission is encrypted, some browsers display a small icon on your screen that looks like a “lock” or a “key” whenever you conduct secure transactions online. Avoid sending sensitive information, such as account numbers, financial data and social security numbers, through unsecured e-mail.
Passwords or personal identification numbers (PINs) should be used when accessing an account online. Your password should be unique to you and you should change it regularly. Do not use birthdates or other numbers or words that may be easy for others to guess. It is always best to use a password that cannot be found in the dictionary. It should also contain an uppercase letter(s), lowercase letter(s), special character and a number. The more characters in the password, the more difficult it will be for someone to guess. Always carefully control to whom you give your password. For example, if you use a financial company that requires your passwords in order to gather your financial data from various sources, make sure you learn about the company’s privacy and security practices.
General security over your personal computer such as updated virus protection with the latest signature updates, anti-malware protection and physical access controls should be used and updated regularly. Also, make sure that your computer has the latest Windows or Apple security updates as well as other third party application updates for Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player and Java among others. Contact your hardware and software suppliers or Internet service provider to ensure you have the latest in security updates.
As an added level of security, we provide a program called Trusteer Rapport social that can be downloaded to your personal computer. The direct download for The Citizens Bank customers is:
(In the dropdown box, select Citizens Bank of Philadelphia from the list)
Trusteer Support Page