We take the protection of your information and transaction data extremely seriously. We have a range of tools and support available to help keep you safe, as well as tips on how you can protect yourself from scams and fraud.
Lost & Stolen Cards
How you can protect yourself
There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your accounts from scams and fraud.
- Keep passwords, PINs and any other security information secret, including covering your card PIN when using ATMs or Internet Banking in a public place. Bank of Sydney will never ask you to provide your PIN to a Bank of Sydney staff member.
- Protect all your other personal information, including destroying your bank statements securely, collecting your mail promptly and not giving your details to anyone you don’t trust.
- Keep your computer safe by having up to date security software, checking you’re only using trusted sites for purchasing items and not opening emails you’re not sure about.
- Keep your computer browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox), and product software (Microsoft Office/Adobe flash, etc) up to date. Software providers frequently develop updates and patches to address new and developing security threats.
- Report anything you are suspicious of immediately, especially if you think your card has been stolen, a suspicious transaction is on your bank statement, or your mail has been accessed by someone.
When using the internet, including Internet Banking, always try to use hard-to-guess passwords. Don't share your password, and don't use the same password in more than one place.
Remember the five golden rules of passwords.
- Don’t choose a password that’s easily identified with you (for example, your date of birth, telephone number, your name or any part of it).
- A Bank of Sydney Internet Banking password should have a minimum of eight characters, be as meaningless as possible and use uppercase letters, lowercase letters and numbers.
- Change passwords regularly, at least every 30 days.
- Don’t give your password to anyone. Be wary of unsolicited calls or emails requesting personal information or card numbers. Bank of Sydney would not ask you to disclose PINs or password information.
- Do not write your password down even if it’s disguised.
Always take extra care in unknown areas such as internet cafes and hotels. Make sure you take steps to prevent others from seeing your Customer ID or password.
Let us know immediately if you believe your password has become known or used by someone else. Call us on 13 95 00 to have your password reset.
What should I do if I receive a hoax email?
- Delete the email immediately. Do not click on any links and do not open any attachments in a hoax email. Bank of Sydney will not send you an email or SMS asking you to verify or provide your account details, financial details, or login details. Bank of Sydney’s email and SMS policy is set out below.
- Report the incident. All hoax email incidents should be reported, so please call us on 13 95 00.
- Scan your computer for viruses. Many hoax emails contain viruses or Trojan Horses (key logger), which are downloaded to your computer when you open any attachments or select any included links.
- Reset your Internet Banking password. After scanning your computer and ensuring it is free of viruses or Trojan Horses.
Email and SMS policy
Bank of Sydney will not send you an email or SMS asking you to verify or provide Account Details, Financial Details, or login details for Internet Banking or Mobile Banking.
We send emails, and these often contain hyperlinks. However, if we send you an email with a hyperlink, the link will take you to a page on our website, where you can find out more before logging in, applying or downloading.
- Only log in to Internet Banking by using the Internet Banking Login link on the top right of our website.
- While bookmarking webpages is convenient, it may mean that you are not accessing the most up to date page. Remember to manually type our website address - www.banksyd.com.au- into your internet browser.
- Never access Internet Banking from a link in an email. If in doubt, contact us.
- Always log out after using Internet Banking and close the browser after you have finished. We recommend not accessing your Internet Banking via public computers like internet cafes, universities, hotels etc.
- When using Internet Banking, check to see that you are correctly accessing our secure site by looking at the address bar at the top of your browser. Check to see that the web address begins with "https://". Web addresses that begin with "https://" are secure sites (unsecured sites start with "http://").
- Look for the closed padlock symbol at the bottom or at the top right corner of your web browser. You can double-click the padlock symbol to view the server security certificate details.
The certificate informs your browser that the web site you are connected to is in fact our website and not a ‘fake’ site. The closed padlock images appear below.
Protecting your computer
- We recommend you install a 'firewall' to protect your computer from unauthorised access over the internet. A firewall is a software program that filters all internet traffic between your computer and the outside world. It works to either block or permit internet traffic to and from your computer. You can use the firewall to protect your home or business computer and any personal information it holds from offensive websites, spam and unauthenticated logins by potential hackers.
- Control spam by using filtering software, being selective about who you share your email address with and by creating an online form for website enquiries rather than by disclosing the email address.
- Update your virus/spyware software and your computer software to ensure they are current and reduce their vulnerability.
- Disable password auto-complete settings on your internet browser.
- Check whether the online store you’re buying from is reputable.
- Never email your financial details. Email isn’t a secure way of transmitting financial information like your bank details or credit card numbers.
- If you are making payments through an online store’s website, look for signs that the website protects your data. You should look for a lock icon on the browser's status bar or a URL for a website that begins ‘https:’.
- Make sure the computer you use for online shopping has the latest anti-virus software and firewall protection.
- Keep paper copies of all online receipts. This will make it easier to check your account.