Internet security is even more important when financial transactions are involved. A site (both financial and non-financial) is considered secure if all sensitive information that is transmitted between the Member’s browser and the owner of the site is encrypted (scrambled so that someone looking can not read it). At Freedom Credit Union, we use encryption for Internet activity that involves the exchange of sensitive information. Encrypted features include Online Banking, Bill Payer, applications for lending and deposit products, as well as Live Chat and Email Us function on our website.
For Member protection, Online Banking employs three forms of security:
- Multi-Factor Authentication requires Members to authenticate themselves via challenge questions that usually are not known by anyone other then the individual Member. The challenge questions may be asked in future visits for Member protection. After a Member’s first authentication, the Member chooses a picture and a phrase that will be shown in future visits to confirm that it is Freedom’s website.
- Split Screen Dual Password Protection requires the Member to enter a second password on a second page, in addition to the four digit PIN, to ensure Account information is only accessed by the authorized Member.
- Data Encryption is a process that transposes the information sent from our server to your browser into a code that cannot be understood or altered without using a “key.” The “key” deciphers the information from our server to be able to display on your browser. Our servers presently employ a minimum of 128-bit RSA data encryption. The latest versions of all Web browsers support this encryption.
Information sent via the Internet may be used by Freedom for purposes like responding to questions, addressing Member suggestions, or updating Member information. When sending us Account information (such as Account Numbers, Social Security Numbers, PINs, etc.) or other sensitive information online, use only the services listed above. Do not use your standard e-mail accounts to send the Credit Union sensitive information because that may not protect what you are sending.