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Online Banking Backup Tips

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Online banking has become part of our routine - a way to do banking conveniently, without waiting in line or keeping track of excess papers.  Many people jump on the online banking bandwagon to avoid service charges and fees.  Others enjoy the simplicity and convenience of a virtual paper trail of spending and cash balances. Automatic bill paying is convenient and allows electronic record keeping through bank bill pay services, an increasingly popular feature.

But what happens if a much relied upon bank website goes down and online banking becomes unavailable? After all, computerized and electronic systems fail just as readily as humans. The following are a few tips to keep your sanity in the event that you cannot access online banking.

 

Be Prepared

One of the most important issues in keeping sanity is readiness. This involves having photocopies of all accounts and addresses, as well as phone numbers, passwords, and PIN numbers. This step provides peace of mind and puts the customer in control, in case online banking is out of reach.

 

Take Note of Bills on "Auto Pay"

It is easy for people to put their lives and bills on autopilot. Automatic bill payments are a great convenience. However, many people may forget about their bills' due date, account numbers, minimum payment amounts, and even online accounts, including passwords. If there are missed payments or billing errors, people who do not manage their accounts regularly will notice the issue late, after they receive notice from the bank or creditor. One way to avoid this is by managing accounts regularly - at least once a month - just to review and check that information is correct.

 

Keep Written Records

When online banking systems go down, as has happened in the past, what was a convenience and fast pace arrangement becomes a nuisance which seems to take an eternity to fix. People are conditioned to live in instant and fast-paced environments, unless you live in rural areas, where things take a little longer, but not by much. When this pace of life is interrupted, panic settles in for many. Keeping records of important financial information is a good solution for issues like this one. Not only for online banking issues, but also for when disaster strikes. Keeping important records in an accessible fire or waterproof box is a great solution as well.

The world will keep embracing technology: the faster and more convenient, the more it will be accepted by the masses. Being prepared for when the world does not work as expected is up to each individual.

By Erin ONeil / About.com

 

 

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