Website Tools including Cookies and Web Beacons may be used within BMO Financial Group websites to enhance our online security provisions:
- Evaluate the effectiveness and success of our websites and
- Marketing campaigns
- Provide our online users with a more customized online experience.
Cookies are a string of data sent between a server and a web browser to help facilitate the use of a website and to help understand how a website is being used. Cookies are not used to retrieve any data from your hard drive, nor can they run a program on your computer.
A pixel tag, also known as a clear GIF, is an invisible tag that is placed on a web page to register when a particular computer visits that specific page. Pixel tags are used in combination with cookies.
Web Beacons are small and transparent images embedded in web pages that, when combined with Cookies, help provide a website operator with information about the use and effectiveness of a website. Most of the Cookies we use are considered "session" cookies, meaning they are not written to your hard drive and are only available for the duration of the session (i.e., log out or close your browser).
How BMO Financial Group Websites use Web Tools:
The information collected using Cookies and Web Beacons on BMO Financial Group websites is used to evaluate the performance and functionality of the site. This information may include the pages visited, the type of web browser used, the level of encryption supported by your browser, your Internet Protocol (IP) address as well as the website that referred you to the BMO Financial Group website.
- Help us better understand your interests and needs
- Provide you with a customized online experience
- Present new tools and website functions
Cookies are a commonly used technology and many web browsers default to automatically accept Cookies. You can set your Internet browser to notify you before a Cookie is set, providing you the opportunity to decide whether to accept it. If you decide that you do not wish to receive Cookies, refer to your browser's online help for further instruction and information on setting Cookie preferences. You can also set your browser to immediately reject Cookies. If you select this option, you may continue to browse BMO Financial Group websites; however, you should be aware that certain features of a website may not function properly without Cookies. You should note that if you would like to use a service such as BMO Harris Online Banking, you will be required to accept the Cookies to maintain session integrity and enhanced security.
We do not knowingly collect, use or maintain any information through our websites about children who are under the age of 13. If we determine that a child under the age of 13 has provided us with information through one of our websites, we will only use this information to notify the parents that this information was received.
To provide you with the best online services, we may direct you to other sites on the Internet to provide additional information or services that may be of interest to you. Third party websites may have privacy and security policies different from BMO Harris. Links to other websites are denoted with this icon: and do not imply the endorsement or approval of such websites. Please review the privacy and security policies of websites reached through links from BMO Harris websites.
Your best defense with protecting your information on any online service is to make sure you sign-off and close the browser once you have completed transacting business.