Sound’s online banking system uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) as the first line of defense for providing secure access your account online. SSL prevents other computers from eavesdropping by encrypting all data transmitted between our site and your computer. Our site requires you to use a browser that supports the highest US security level encryption strength available today for every online transaction. Your browser must be equipped to support and we encourage you to use TLS settings and minimally 128-bit or higher encryption to communicate with our servers.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
MFA is an enhanced security feature that detects any activities that are not typical for your account and prompts you to verify your identity to ensure you are the account holder and not a fraudster. MFA requires the use of a username rather than account number and has you select three account security questions. The security system collects a normal pattern of behavior for you. For example, if you usually access your account from work in the morning and at night from home, this normal behavior pattern is acknowledged by the system. Then, if you ever access Online Banking under new conditions that are not considered to be part of your normal pattern of behavior, you will be asked to answer these security questions.
Sound undergoes annual system and security audits to ensure we’re providing you a safe and secure online banking experience.
How You Can Protect Yourself Online
The best protection is prevention, and there are many things you can do to help protect yourself. At a minimum, we recommend you:
- Use a current web browser, and keep your computer and browser up-to-date with the latest security patches.
- Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and keep these programs updated.
- Choose strong passwords, change them periodically, and don’t share them with others.
- Set your browser to not save passwords for financial websites.
- Contact us immediately if you receive an email or text message requesting sensitive information (such as Social Security numbers, Telephone Banking PINs, passwords, or account numbers). Sound never requests this type of information by email or text messaging.
- Never click on a link or attachment in a message from an unverified source.
- Be skeptical of any unexpected email message that encourages you to take quick action. Phishing messages often encourage urgent action, either to avoid some inconvenience or negative consequence or to gain something with a limited-time offer.
- Don’t give out personal information in online or offline surveys.
- Don’t use public computers for sensitive transactions.
- Don’t use public/unsecure wi-fi connections for sensitive transactions using your personal computer.
Marketing/Commercial Email Practices
Marketing email (emails whose primary purpose is commercial) will be handled in accordance with the federal CAN-SPAM rule. An “Unsubscribe” link will be provided at the bottom of every message you receive. You can choose to stop receiving marketing email messages from Sound Credit Union at any time by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link. Please note that this opt-out only applies to marketing/commercial emails and will not affect any email communications you receive regarding important account information, product and service updates, or legally or regulatory required information by email. We also reserve the right to include some promotional information, as permitted by law, in the emails notifying you of the periodic statements and other disclosures or member transactional information that you have received electronically.
In order to keep you abreast of our latest service offerings, we may at times share your information with our affiliates and third-party service providers; however, we will never sell or share your personal information to independent, third-party marketers.