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Is Electronic Banking a Good Idea?

Nov 8, 2007
Electronic banking also known as online banking is a great way to do your banking business without having to leave home. With today's added security features, this is also a safe way to do your banking. However, with all things "online" you need to take some precautions.

Electronic banking is simply the process of doing your banking transactions via your computer rather than physically going to your bank. Online banking can be used to make deposits and withdrawals. It can also be used to pay bills once your accounts are set up for online transactions.

Online banking can be used for personal accounts or for commercial accounts. In fact, with more and more work being done on a global basis, online banking is becoming more popular than ever. Truth is many people use online banking so exclusively that they never see a paper check anymore.

Electronic banking requires that you have an internet connection and a computer. While a dial up account will work, broad band internet is better. You must also set the account up with your bank. Once you have done these things, you can access your account with just a few clicks of your mouse. Best of all, you can access your account anytime of the day or night.

This unlimited access to your account allows you to keep track of your checking account balance, see which checks or bills have cleared your account, and if you wish, you can authorize payments to utility companies.

Online banking can also be used for other types of accounts as well, such as monitoring your savings account. Most banks will allow you to set up online accounts for all of your accounts and they keep them separate for you, which will minimize confusion.

A few cautions about online banking are in order. First, you will be asked to set up a username and password for your account. You should never give out this information to anyone. If someone has that information they can access your account and cause all types of problems for you. You should treat your password as carefully as you would treat your ATM PIN.

Most banks will never call you and ask you for your password. They will never send you an email asking for that information either. If you get a phone call from someone stating that they are from the bank, refuse to give out your password. Instead, tell them you will call them back and get their name and extension number at the bank. Then call the correct number for your bank and ask for the person that called you. This way you know you are talking to the bank and not to someone who may be pretending to be from the bank.

If you notice any discrepancies with your online statements you should contact the bank immediately. They can, if need be, put a stop payment on something that is suspicious or that you did not authorize.

Online banking is a great way to save time and energy and because it is so safe and secure these days, it is really worth the effort it takes to get it set up. Once you try it, you will love it.
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