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Security

Our Internet Banking system uses many lines of defense to protect your account information. From authentication, SSL, exclusive encryption software, high-end firewalls, and automatic sign-off, youíre information is always safe -- itís like having a bank vault online.

 

Bridge Community Bank uses 128-bit encryption to protect our internet banking customers.  A 128-bit encryption means there are 2128 possible keys that could fit into the lock that holds your account information, but only one that works for each Internet Banking session. (Try that on your calculator!) This level of encryption is so powerful that the U.S. government lists this encryption as a federal munition - meaning browsers that offer it can only be used and downloaded by citizens and permanent resident of the United States and Canada.

 

Encryption turns meaningful words and phrases into coded language. Everything that you do during your Internet Banking session becomes a string of unrecognizable numbers before entering the Internet. Your account information will read as gibberish to everyone but you and our financial institution. All of your Internet Banking sessions will be encrypted. We employ the strongest forms of cryptography that are commercially available for use over the Internet.

 

Bridge Community Bank also has a SSL Certificate that protects our website.  SSL stands for "Secure Socket Layer." This technology allows users to establish sessions with secure Internet sites - meaning they have minimal risk of external violation. Once inside the Internet Banking site, our use of SSL technology keeps you and your account information secure.

 

From the moment account information leaves your computer to the time it enters the Internet Banking system, we take numerous steps to ensure your information is secure in cyberspace. We make sure only authorized people with secure browsers can access our system.

  • You must enter your passcode, and we must verify it before you are allowed to access your accounts.
  • Only browsers supporting the SSL security protocol can be used to log on to our system.

Once online, we make sure only you can view any information about your accounts.

  • SSL uses a digital signature to make sure that no one can send you false information; your browser will only accept information from the Internet Banking system.

SSL also uses the highest level of encryption supported by your browser to encrypt all information before it is sent. This ensures that only the browser that logged on can read any information the system supplies

You can determine if you are in a secure session by looking for the following icons in the status bar of your respective browser:

 

Browser

Secure

Unsecure

Firefox

No icon

Microsoft Internet Explorer (any version)*

 

No icon

 

*Different web browsers display these icons in different areas of their windows. All browsers offer information on the level of security they provide.