When creating a password for your mobile device:
- If possible, use numbers and symbols as well as letters
- Don’t use your PIN or re-use other passwords
- Don’t use family names or birthdays as these are easy to guess
Only download mobile apps from official app stores such as the iTunes app store, Google Play store and Blackberry App World. Our apps are only available from official app stores.
When you’re using Mobile Banking in a public place, make sure people can’t look over your shoulder, you can get a privacy screen for your tablet to make it harder for people to see what you’re doing.
Fraudsters often send unsolicited text messages and emails to try and get you to tell them your personal information.
- NatWest will never ask you for your full PIN or password.
- Never respond to any unexpected or suspicious emails.
- Don't click on any links or attachments within unexpected or suspicious emails.
We recommend that you don’t remove any security controls from your handset/device (this is know as jailbreaking or rooting). Make sure you keep your device’s operating system up to date – upgrades often include increased security measures.
Don’t download content from websites unless you are sure that the website is reputable – this will help to avoid downloading malicious software that enables others to access your personal information.
The latest operating systems - such as Windows 10 and Mac OS X - can automatically keep themselves up-to-date.
This typically means that you have the option to have updates automatically downloaded as soon as they're available, helping to protect your computer from security breaches. Take the time to review your settings.
You can find out more about updating your operating system by visiting the Microsoft or Apple websites.
It is important to keep ALL software up to date, including Adobe and Java.
Many laptops and handheld computers now come with built-in wireless networking.
And the most common wireless device that could introduce risk at home is the wireless router used to connect your computer to the internet.
Most wireless routers are delivered without their security features turned on. Leaving your wireless network unprotected could be an open door for nosy neighbours - or even worse - malicious attackers searching for wireless networks to break into.
Attackers who access your network could anonymously hijack your internet connection and steal personal information stored on your computer.
How to secure your wireless router at home
If you are not sure how to complete some of these tasks, ask someone with computer experience whom you trust to help.
Refer to the documentation that came with your hardware to find out how to protect the router Make sure that every computer using your wireless router has a firewall.
Use a strong password to access the wireless router Enable WPA 2 encryption instead of WEP where possible as it is a stronger solution.
Get Safe Online provides guidance about how to protect a wireless network.
You need a card reader for the following Online Banking transactions:
- Set up or change a single or regular payment
- Make a payment for the first time online
- Create or amend a Standing Order
- Change the PIN or password you use to log into Online Banking
- Change your mobile phone details
- Log in to Online Banking
- Choose the 'Security' menu
- Choose 'Enable card reader'