Beware of Software Downloads With Offers of Free Services
Organizations that capture information about usage and buying behavior patterns on the Internet are now emerging. Some of these organizations monitor individual Internet activity through software downloaded to your personal computer or on a public computer you use.
This includes everything you type on your computer: your card numbers, account numbers and passwords. It also includes the personal and confidential information on the secure pages that you browse and the personal and confidential information you provide when you use our otherwise secure online applications (e.g. loan applications, mortgage applications and online account opening applications).
You may have knowingly downloaded this software in exchange for free services or you may be unaware that it is on your computer (for example, if you download several software programs bundled into the same download).
Beware of downloading software with offers of "free email virus protection," a "no cost Internet accelerator" or other such enticements if you have to give up your privacy and the security of your online financial transactions. These offers can result in a third party company monitoring your Internet activity.
Some of these companies monitor all of your Internet behavior, including your normal web browsing and the activity you may have through secure sessions, such as shopping or filling out an online application form that may contain your personal financial information.
When you access our secure online services (for example online banking, online investing or online credit cards services) on computers that have this monitoring software installed, your otherwise secure session information runs through third party computers and gives the third party access to your confidential information.
We work hard to provide you with a safe and secure online environment. We also need you to take the appropriate measures to secure your personal computing environment. We strongly recommend that you avoid using computers with third party monitoring software installed when you conduct your online financial transactions with us to safeguard your privacy.