- Keep your customer number and account numbers safe at all times.
- Avoid writing down your password and security details. If you write them down because you think you might forget them, make sure it is in a way that will not be readily identifiable by someone else and keep them in separate places.
- Never disclose your security details to anyone, even if you share a joint account.
- The Society may ask for your customer number and specific characters of your security answers to help identify you on our system. We will never ask you for the full answers to any of your security details.
- It is advisable to change your password regularly.
Try to avoid logging on to a secure site using a computer in a public place as you cannot be certain about the computer’s security.
We do not recommend that you access your Online Service via public Wi-Fi hotspots, they may be very convenient but the way in which you have to connect to them can be very risky.
The Society strongly recommends that you have up to date anti-virus software installed on your device. The more superior anti-virus programs have an ‘Auto Update’ feature which updates your software to protect you against the latest viruses.
Firewalls are programs that protect your computer against unauthorised traffic to and from your computer and block unwanted internet activity. Like anti-virus software, firewalls can be purchased from most computer stores.
You can always tell whether or not a connection is secure. Secure website addresses usually begin with the letters https: and your browser will display an icon, usually a closed padlock or an unbroken key.
While these symbols are good indicators that you are visiting a genuine site, you must be aware that spoof sites do exist and therefore you should never follow a link in an email to the Society’s website, always type the website address mhbs.co.uk into your browser manually.