WE RECOGNIZE YOUR EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY
We understand that you expect us to maintain proper safeguards to protect confidential information you provide to us. The privacy of your information is protected not only by state and federal laws but by our commitment to the protection of your financial information. We have established policies and procedures to help prevent misuse of that information. This Policy has been prepared to explain to you what types of information we collect, how we use that information, and the circumstances under which we may share all or part of the information. Under no circumstances do we provide deposit or loan account personal information to third parties for the purpose of independent telemarketing or direct mail marketing of any non-financial products or services of those companies. We disclose information permitted or required by a variety of federal and state laws, as required to consummate your transaction, and as directed by you. Our strict policies to protect your information applies equally to current (active) accounts as well as inactive (closed) accounts both loans and deposits.
YOUR SECURITY AND PROTECTION WHEN ONLINE
It is of utmost importance for us to us to protect your personal information when you are online to our website. We go to great lengths to make sure that your transactions are confidential and secure.
YOUR USER ID AND PASSWORD
The most important way of protecting your Online Banking transactions is through your User ID and Password. Be sure to keep them a secret. Memorize them and, if you need to maintain a written record of the codes, it is recommended that you store them away from your computer in a secure place and not in your wallet or purse. Always make sure that no one is watching you enter the information and always log off the CedarStone Bank Online Banking website whenever you are away from your computer (click the log out button). If your computer is left unattended and the browser is running with your User ID and Passwords entered, anyone can gain access to your accounts. It is recommended that you change your Password often and do not use simple words or numbers in sequence. It is required that you use upper case and lower case letters along with numbers that are unique to you. Symbols may also be used but are not required. Stay away from obvious words and numbers, like a family member's birthday or name.
There are currently two types of secure browsers that are available to consumers. One is a 40-bit encryption and there is a 128-bit encryption browser. The 128-bit encryption browser has a higher level of security. You can test your browser to determine what level you have.
ENCRYPTION, FIREWALLS, AND OTHER PROTECTION
All personal and account information that passes between your computer and CedarStone Bank's Online Banking is encrypted. This means that while your information is in transit it is scrambled so that only CedarStone Bank's computer equipment can reassemble it to its original text format. When CedarStone Bank sends personal account information to you, it is also encrypted so that only your computer can decipher it and reconstruct the data transmitted.
There are also internal procedures in place within the CedarStone Bank Online Banking system that includes a system of filtering routers and firewalls. Filtering routers verify the source and destination of each transaction while firewalls shield the bank's customer service network from outside sources. These two systems then protect the bank's internal accounts from illegal outside access while keeping the structure of the bank's internal networks invisible to outside observers.
CedarStone Bank is continuously evaluating its security systems to insure that the bank provides the latest and most secure levels of privacy and security that are appropriate for our bank customers.
INTERNET PRIVACY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are cookies?
A cookie is a file sent from a website to your computers hard drive that is logged on to the site. This file allows the site to recognize whether the computer has been there before and what security requirements and browser preference the computer requires. Only the site that sent the cookie can read the cookie, and only information that has been given directly by the logged on user to the site is accessible. Computer viruses cannot be transmitted through cookies.
Do I have to accept cookies?
You as a customer can choose not to accept cookies. You may do this by making the appropriate selection from your browser options. Please understand, however, that certain services require cookies for effective delivery. Whenever this is the case, you will be informed that you will need to allow cookies if you wish to receive the service. Cookies also make your visit to a site simpler by keeping you from having to re-enter your password every time you change pages within a secure session.