Member Information Security

Data Encryption is a process which transposes the information which is sent from our server to your browser into a code that cannot be understood or altered without using a "key". The "key" deciphers the information from our server to be able to display on your browser.

The Secure Sockets Layer ensures that the data transmitted between our Members and our site has not been tampered with through the use of Message Authentication Codes (MACs). A MAC is based on the actual data itself, similar to a checksum. This provides a quick way for the receiving end to verify that the data wasn't changed enroute.

Currently there are two levels of RSA data encryption that our server will support: 40-bit and 128-bit. The use of 128-bit data encryption across the borders of the United States to foreign countries is strictly prohibited by the U.S. Department of Defense. Therefore, only 40-bit data encryption is currently available for members outside of the United States. If you live within the United States, you should be able to download or purchase a browser that supports 128-bit encryption. The Pittsford Federal Credit Union has verified that Internet Banking works with current versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox.

The Pittsford Federal Credit Union is currently using Verisign, Inc. and Network Solutions as Certificate Authorities to supply the data encryption on Internet Banking.

Network Security

The second facet of our security is protection of the credit union's internal network and member information from access by Internet users. The credit union's internal network is isolated from the internet with a state-of-the-art firewall. There is no physical wire connection between the Internet and either our PC LAN or our data processing system. In this way, we disallow unauthorized access to our network and any private information.

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