While you’re enjoying your travels this summer, be sure to take First Bank’s mobile banking options with you. As mobile devices become more and more popular, hackers are finding savvy ways to steal information. We’d like to urge clients to be extra cautious when using mobile devices to do their banking while on vacation.

It’s important to always take a common sense approach to mobile banking, especially when traveling. Use caution on your phone, just like you would a laptop or tablet.

First Bank is offering the following tips to help you further protect your information:

  • Avoid storing sensitive information like passwords and social security numbers on your mobile device.
  • Password protect your mobile device and lock it when you’re not using it.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Do not type any sensitive information if others around you can see.
  • Log out completely when you finalize a mobile banking session.
  • Protect your phone from viruses and malware just like you do for your computer by installing mobile security software.
  • Download the updates for your phone and mobile apps.
  • Always use discretion when downloading apps.
  • If you change your phone number or lose you mobile device, let your financial institution(s) know right away.
  • Monitor your accounts regularly and report suspicious activity to your financial institution immediately.

Also, don’t forget to call your financial institution before traveling outside of the country. For your protection, trusted banks, like First Bank, are always monitoring for any unusual spending patterns to help in the prevention of fraudulent purchases.

Enjoy your summer travels. Let’s stay safe!

Source: ABA, American Bankers Association