Internet Security

Browser Security

Classic Bank has an approved list of browsers based on their accommodation of specific security requirements.

Netscape Secured Socket Layer (SSL)

Netscape Communications developed SSL to ensure private and authenticated communications. Your PC banking session will utilize the SSL to secure the transaction from your browser and the web server. Once a secure session is established, the data cannot be monitored by other users on the Internet.

The SSL language works with all other Internet languages so you are not limited as to its use. A higher level application protocol can transparently layer on top of the SSL Protocol. The SSL Protocol can negotiate an encryption algorithm and session key as well as authenticate a server before the application protocol transmits or receives its first byte of data. All of the application protocol data is transmitted encrypted, ensuring privacy.


Encryption is the actual turning of words and numbers into a coded language that can only be read by you and the bank. If the key in the lower left corner of your screen appears filled or enclosed in Netscape Navigator and the lock appears solid in Microsoft Explorer, you will know your information is being encrypted. When not in a secure session, Netscape's key appears broken and Microsoft's lock does not appear at all.


A cookie is a way for our secured server to establish a login or session ID with you each time you authenticate connectivity. We will place a cookie within your browser each time you sign on. Your browser may allow you to accept cookies with or without warning. If you select without warning, you will be unaware of this extra security precaution. If you have asked to be warned, simply click on accept. The cookie allows us to maintain continuity in a series of requests and responses. A cookie is information that the server (actually a CGI application at the server) puts in the HTTP header that accompanies its response to a browser request. The browser can then store this information and send it back in any additional requests related to the whole transaction or series of requests and responses.

This additional precaution prevents your session from being "taken over" if the SSL or encryption failed; either of which extremely unlikely. However, we pride ourselves on the measures taken to protect your information.

Provider Security

Secured Environment-Advanced Firewall Technology

Our computer system does not connect directly to the Internet. It is isolated from the Internet network via routers, filters, and a firewall. A firewall is a device that controls access to the bank's computer via the Internet. This firewall adheres to the standards set forth by the NCSA (National Computer Security Association). Use of the firewall allows only valid HTTP traffic to reach the web server. Further protection is provided by yet another set of firewalls that sit between the web server and the application server.

State-of-the-Art Security Monitoring Software

Our security monitoring software provides continuous monitoring and auditing of all transactions originating or terminating on our connection to the Internet.

Trusted Operation System

Our provider is constantly reviewing the latest in software and hardware technology to provide you with the best defense possible against intrusion.