Online Banking Security Statement
We've Taken The Steps To Help Ensure The Security Of Your Online Banking
Security is a common and logical concern with banking on the Internet. To help eliminate any security issues, First Minnetonka City Bank's web site utilizes the latest technology developed to safeguard data, through both encryption or coding of information. This creates barriers between systems that can only be crossed with authorized passwords, and by creating safe pathways to and from each system.
Multiple layers of advanced security tools including password-controlled system entry, a VeriSign-issued Digital ID for the bank's server, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol for data encryption, and a router loaded with a firewall to regulate the inflow and outflow of server traffic are used to prevent tampering and ensure the privacy of your account information.
Secure Access and Verifying User Authenticity
To begin an online banking session, the user must enter a log-in ID and a password. Our system, the Internet Banking System, uses a "three strikes and you're out" lock-out mechanism to deter users from repeated login attempts. After three unsuccessful login attempts, the system locks the user out, requiring either a designated wait period or a phone call to the bank to verify the password before re-entry into the system. Upon successful login, the Digital ID from VeriSign, the experts in digital identification certificates, authenticates the user's identity and establishes a secure session with that visitor.
Secure Data Transfer
When the server session is established, the user and the server are in a secured environment. Because the server has been certified as a 128-bit secure server by VeriSign, data traveling between the user and the server is encrypted with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. With SSL, data that travels between the bank and customer is encrypted and can only be decrypted with the public and private key pair. In short, the bank's server issues a public key to the end user's browser and creates a temporary private key. These two keys are the only combination possible for that session. When the session is complete, the keys expire and the whole process starts over when a new end user establishes a server session.
Router and Firewall
Requests must filter through a router and firewall before they are permitted to reach the server. A router, a piece of hardware, works in conjunction with the firewall, a piece of software, to block and direct traffic coming to the server. The configuration begins by disallowing ALL traffic and then opens holes only when necessary to process acceptable data requests, such as retrieving web pages or sending customer requests to the bank.