transactions are absolutely safe. The Bank of Dawson works with
cutting edge technology partners to ensure that the most secure
environment is made possible for our valued customers. We want
to make sure we offer you worry free Internet banking. You can
be completely confident of the following security measures:
ensures that data exchanged between your PC and our computers
is encrypted with 128-bit encryption - the strongest encryption
available. Encryption is accomplished through Secure Sockets Layers
(SSL) which utilize mathematical formulas to "encrypt"
or hide information from prying eyes on the Internet. Additionally,
if SSL detects that data was added or deleted after you sent it
to the bank, the connection will be severed in order to guard
against any tampering. The most popular browsers have the SSL
security feature built in. How can you tell if your browser is
secure? Click here.
To check your computer's cipher strength refer to your browser's
If you have Microsoft
Internet Explorer, click on the Help option in
the top task bar. Click on About Internet Explorer. If
your Cipher Strength is not at lease 128-bit, click on (Update
Information). Download the appropriate High Encryption
Pack in the right hand column. This only takes a few minutes
and you're done.
If you do not have Update Information after clicking on
Help, you can go to http://support.microsoft.com
and follow their steps to get the 128-bit encryption for your
specific operating system. For other web browser's, please refer
to your vendor's Help pages.
The Bank of Dawson's computer system does not connect directly
to the Internet. It is isolated from the network via a "firewall".
A firewall is a combination of software and hardware products
that designate parameters, control and limit the access that outside
computers have to the bank's internal network and databases. You
can feel secure knowing that our bank's firewall protects your
personal information from unauthorized access.
User ID's and passwords are isolated from the Internet by being
stored on the Bank of Dawson's computer. This way the passwords
and ID's can never be accessed or downloaded by anyone on the
Internet. Additionally, user passwords can vary from eight to
ten characters, which means the chance of randomly guessing a
password is less than one in 1 billion! The system also checks
for invalid logons and automatically disallows a user after three
invalid attempts. This prohibits the "hacker" from gaining
access to our system, thus protecting your accounts.
You will be responsible for maintaining one of the most important
security measures, your password. When you receive your Bank of
Dawson password, you will immediately be asked to change it to
a different password of your choice. Be sure to keep it a secret.
Memorize it, or write it down and keep it in a safe place. It
is not recommended that you carry your password in your purse
or wallet. Make sure no one watches you enter your password and
always close your browser when leaving the computer. Make sure
you regularly scan your computer for viruses that could be used
to capture password keystrokes. You ultimately hold the key to
your password security.