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New .BANK website domain provides enhanced protection from online threats

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Key takeaways:

  • MidWestOne will be migrating its website from MidWestOne.com to MidWestOne.BANK.

  • .BANK is a trusted, more secure website extension that provides added layers of protection and safeguards that can help keep you safe from online dangers like spoofed websites and phishing scams.

  • Looking for .BANK in the URL can be an effective and easy way to verify you are using a legitimate bank website

  • Only verified banks who follow strict security requirements, like MidWestOne, can register a .BANK domain. Credit Unions are not able to register a .BANK domain.

  • If you access our website using an outdated bookmark or the prior MidWestOne.com URL after the .BANK migration, you will be automatically redirected to our new .BANK domain

  • To ensure optimal performance of our website in your web browser, please be sure to update your bookmarks and use our new URL, MidWestOne.BANK

In late-July, MidWestOne will be migrating our website to MidWestOne.BANK, a trusted, more secure website extension that provides added layers of protection and safeguards designed to help keep you safe from online dangers liked spoofed websites and phishing scams. When you see .BANK in our URL, you can be confident knowing that our website is verified and secure. .BANK is an incredible tool that most people have never heard about. Our goal with today’s blog is to introduce you to .BANK and discuss the reasons why MidWestOne has decided to make the switch.

What is .BANK?

.BANK is a website domain extension available only to verified members of the banking community. The exclusivity of the .BANK extension provides a higher degree of security than is available with other generally available domain types such as .com. To be approved for a .BANK domain, Banks must submit an application and undergo a vigorous verification process. Once approved, Banks must also follow strict registration standards and employ enhanced consumer protection safeguards designed to mitigate malicious activities including phishing, spoofing and other types of fraud.

For individuals concerned about working with a financial institution that provides the best protection for their private information, only verified banks who follow strict security requirements, like MidWestOne, can register a .BANK domain. Because of its exclusivity, banks who utilize .BANK on their website make it much harder for criminals to target their customers online. Credit Unions are not able to register a .BANK domain.

About .BANK:
Introduced in 2015, .BANK was developed by the American Bankers Association (ABA) and fTLD Registry Services, LLC to provide banks with a trusted, more secure, easily identifiable and verified means to serve customers online. .BANK is operated by fTLD – a coalition of banks, insurance companies and trade organizations from around the world – which ensures .BANK is governed in the best interests of banks and their customers.

.BANK is a powerful tool that can help customers quickly identify whether they are using a legitimate bank website simply by looking for the .BANK extension in the URL. It also serves as a useful reminder to customers to be aware of the potential risks to their private information when visiting websites that do not use the verified .BANK extension. Learn more, read these tips for keeping your computer safe and secure.

Why is MidWestOne making the switch to .BANK?
Taking care of our customers is our number one priority. We’re committed to protecting your private information and continually work to find ways to enhance the security of our website so you can conduct your banking business with confidence. By migrating to a .BANK domain, we’re able to add another layer of protection for our customers from the threat of online scams like spoofed websites and phishing. Because only verified banks like MidWestOne can get a .BANK domain, it makes it much harder for criminals to target customers of banks that utilize a .BANK website.

When will MidWestOne switch to using the .BANK extension?
Late-July. Over the coming weeks we’ll be working behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition over to our new .BANK domain. One week prior to going live, we will post notification of the actual date the change will occur on our website. Customers will also be notified of this date by email.

Please review the FAQs below for more information about MidWestOne’s transition to .BANK. If you have any questions, please contact us, or call our Service Center at 800.247.4418.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the switch to MidWestOne.BANK affect me?

When the transition does take place, the most obvious change you will see will be that our new URL, MidWestOne.BANK will show in the address bar of your web browser. You should not see any other noticeable impact to your ability to access our website or your online banking services.

If you use bookmarks to frequently access certain pages on our website, we recommend that you update your bookmarks after the transition to .BANK. However, if you visit MidWestOne.com using an old bookmark, you’ll be automatically redirected to our new URL, MidWestOne.BANK

What should I expect to see following MidWestOne's conversion to .BANK?

When you access our website following the transition to .BANK, the first thing you will notice is that the URL shown in the address bar of your web browser will display our new URL: MidWestOne.BANK.

If you accidentally entered our old URL or use an outdated bookmark linking to MidWestOne.com, you will notice that the .com URL you entered in the address bar will automatically update and be redirected to our new URL MidWestOne.BANK. You may also notice when using our prior .com domain that pages might take a bit longer to load while you are being redirected to our new .BANK domain. This is normal and expected. To improve the performance of our website in your browser, please update your bookmarks, and be sure to access our website using our new .BANK domain.

Will my Banker’s email be changing to .BANK as well?

Not at this time.  We want to make the transition to our new .BANK extension as easy and comfortable as possible for you, and thought it was most important to be available to help you if you had any questions.  We know that moving to the more secure .BANK email extension will provide added confidence when communicating with us and we have plans to do so in the future. We’ll reach out to you in advance when we decide to move forward with our transition to .BANK emails.

What is a phishing scam?

Phishing is a type of online scam where criminals attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames and passwords by disguising themselves as a legitimate company. A phishing scam often utilizes a fraudulent email or website that copies the look and feel of a legitimate company (i.e. “Spoofing”), that criminals hope will trick potential victims into providing sensitive information about their accounts.

It’s your responsibility to monitor your accounts regularly and to notify your financial institution immediately if you identify any unusual activity or suspect fraud on your accounts. You can help keep your accounts and money secure by following these tips for keeping your computer safe and secure.

 

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