Methods For Protecting Your Privacy

At Southern Bank, we want to help you ensure that your private information remains private, not only at the bank but also in all of your transactions.
Confidential information is that which is not publicly available or easily accessible by the public. This information is not limited to just your social security number, driver's license number or mother's maiden name. Other types of confidential data include the names of previous employers, previous living addresses and memberships in organizations. In general, you should think twice before giving out this type of information.
There are a number of things you can do to keep your personal data from falling into the wrong hands:
  • Protect your Social Security number and personal identification numbers (PINs). Never give that information over the phone unless you initiate the call.
  • Tear up or shred bank receipts, credit card offers, statements and other sensitive documents.
  • Watch out for missing incoming mail, and don't mail important information from your home mailbox. Take it to a drop box or to the post office, instead.
  • Review your credit report annually for incorrect information.
  • Use only secure sites on the Internet.
Businesses should also take steps to ensure key information is secure, not only for their customers, but for their employees as well:
  • Divide financial responsibilities among employees and regularly review account activity.
  • Keep all personal information, check supplies and deposit slips in a locked file or secure location.
  • Do not leave confidential information on cell phones, e-mail, pagers or voice mail.
  • Use secure methods of disposing of personal information, such as using shredders.
  • Upgrade computer systems regularly to ensure personal and confidential information is secure.
  • Instruct staff on security procedures; adopt a written privacy/protection policy.