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Online Security

Think of it as the neighborhood watch. The online version.

While online banking is widely considered to be as safe as or safer than in-branch or ATM banking, as a general rule you should be careful about giving out your personal financial information over the Internet. Remember, no reputable financial institution will ever request your personal information via email.

Here are a few recommendations to help you avoid becoming a victim of scams:

  Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal financial information. Phishers have been known to include upsetting or enticing - but false - statements in their emails to get people to react immediately. The email typically asks for information such as user names, passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, etc.  
  Be careful of emails that are not personalized, contain spelling errors and/or awkward syntax and phrasing. Many phishing emails are sent in great bulk and, therefore, are not personalized. If you are suspicious of an email claiming to be from Greer State Bank that is not personalized, call us at (864) 877-2000 before responding.  
  Be cautious of personalized emails that ask for personal financial information. Be suspicious of any email that contains some personal financial information, such as a bank account number and asks for other information, such as a PIN. We will never ask for or send you personal financial information by email. View ID Theft Demo.  
  Do not use links in an email to get to any web page. Instead, call the bank to confirm the address, or log onto the website directly by typing in the web address in your browser.  
  Do not complete forms in email messages that ask for personal financial information. We will never ask you to complete such a form within an email message.  
  Only communicate information, such as credit card numbers or account information, via a secure website or the telephone. When submitting financial information to a website, look for the padlock or key icon at the bottom of your browser, and make sure the Internet address begins with "https." A secure web server designation can be found by checking the beginning of the web address in your browser's address bar - the address should begin "https:// rather than just http://.  
  Regularly log on to your online accounts and check your bank, credit and debit card statements to ensure that all transactions are legitimate. One of the advantages of banking online is the ability to regularly review your account for unauthorized or unusual activity.  
  Ensure that your browser is up to date and security patches are applied. Always visit your browser's home page to download the latest security updates even if they don't alert you to do so.  
Click here for answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about online security.