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Do The Risks Outweigh The Benefits Of Internet Banking

Aug 17, 2007
Internet banking has many benefits to it but there are risks as well. No matter how comfortable you are using Internet banking you cannot deny that. You don't tend to worry about them because the convenience of doing your banking from your computer far outweighs any possible concerns you may have. You put you trust in your bank and its system and hope that you have not misplaced your trust.

After all, who can complain about being able to pay your bills twenty-four hours a day any day of the week you want to and know that within forty-eight hours the money will be in the account you sent it to? No more having to write checks, balance those annoying checkbooks or worry if you left enough time for the payment to arrive at the company's office. You just sit down at your computer, enter the correct billing information which will include the bank account information, the billing information and the amount to be sent, and it is done. All protected by your passwords and codes.

The greatest concern of those who use Internet banking is theft. There is a risk of online identity theft, theft of passwords and pin codes. There are concerns about viruses attacking the bank's computers and bringing the system to a halt, or hackers getting in and stealing all the money. These may be genuine concerns but most of them are easily taken care of and so you should be assured. The banks have lots of protection against such eventualities.

You must also do things to safeguard your money. First, your job is to never give out your passwords or pin codes to anyone. They are for your use only and allow you to safely access your bank accounts, to pay your bills or transfer money between accounts. If you keep these to yourself you are protecting your bank accounts and the money in them. Next, never pay your bills by accessing your banking needs through anything that is not directly with your bank.

Do not use pop-up windows, hyperlinks rooted in emails or search engines. Anything that looks suspicious probably is and so should be deleted permanently. Your bank has its own website and its specific steps to paying your bills, use them and nothing else. There is never a reason for any company to request your banking information along with a password to pin code. If this happens do not complete the transaction. Leave the site immediately and do not return to it.

Although there are some risks connected with Internet banking overall it is proving to be a safe, efficient and convenient method of banking that is satisfying consumers all over the world.
About the Author
Craig Thornburrow is an acknowledged expert in his field. You can get more free advice on internet banking and online banking at http://www.onlinebankingadvice.com
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