Here at Southern Bank, we do all that we can to protect your personal information and provide you with a dependable online experience. However, we rely on you to take further precautions to ensure the safety of your accounts. By following our tips, Southern BusinessPro can be a secure and efficient method for
all your banking needs. General Guidelines
• Use a segregated PC for banking transactions (this can be an inexpensive device that is not used for anything except online banking). Do not use this device for other high-risk activities including email, internet surfing, etc., due to the malware and fraud associated with those activities. • Use separate email accounts for business transactions and personal correspondence. Do not publish business email accounts used for banking transactions/correspondence online or in public. • Never submit confidential/sensitive account information in unsecured (unencrypted) email to the Bank; you may email your Treasury Services Officer (including no sensitive information) and request that they send you a secure encrypted email, to which you may reply within the encrypted session OR you may utilize a commercial product to secure your transmissions. • Make sure your operating system and antivirus software are up-to-date. • Always use secure wireless (WiFi) networks that require a login ID and password. • Employ firewalls between your network and the internet, and block unneeded ports where possible. This may be a function of a router or wireless access router. Change the router administrator password upon installation and regularly thereafter. Change the administrator ID, also, if possible. If employees work from home, ensure they use a firewall at home and change the password on their router regularly. • Install and continuously update a software firewall on all devices that are on or access your network, including devices that employees use at home (if you use Microsoft, one is likely already included on your PC—ensure it is turned on). At a minimum use a local firewall on device(s) used for online banking.