Warning: You Have Been Alerted!
How informed and up-to-date do you want to stay with your accounts? What if I told you we have a technology that makes this possible – a technology from the 1990s called text and e-mail?
We employ these powerful tools of communication to keep you informed and on top of any sign-in, transaction or balance changes happening in your accounts. Some of you might be saying to yourself, “Tyler, can I just use Online or Mobile Banking and get all the same information?”
You would be correct, but account alerts are not used for the same purpose as accessing your account online. Similar to the notifications we get from our social networking accounts, account alerts give you a piece of the information not the whole context of what happened. Think of it this way: to conduct your banking and make informed decisions only through the text or e-mail alerts would be incredibly difficult based off the limited and condensed information you received. This does not mean you should sign in every time you get an alert, but you will know what to expect when you do.
If you haven’t tried our alerts, take them for a spin. However, alerts are not for everyone. For those that like to access your account information on-demand as a whole, stick with Online or Mobile Banking. Some, like me, prefer to have that little update of account activity as it happens or in a daily, weekly or monthly report. It gives me piece of mind staying on top of what is happening with my account and we want you to have the same piece of mind too.
The more recent cyber threats and retail fraud alerts from Target and Home Depot have been as big of a sign as any to use more effective methods to be aware of your finances. Account alerts can be a really handy tool used in combination with responsible and informed shopping online and in stores, as well as using strong security credentials such as your passwords and security answers which I will cover in a following blog article.