What we're doing
In order for you to be safe, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure a secure Internet banking environment.
How we create a secure environment for online banking
The Commerzbank online applications are segregated from the public Internet by a firewall. This acts as a filter that only lets data into Commerzbank online modules from the Internet if the data is authenticated as belonging to the application in question. Direct access from the Internet – hacking attacks – is rendered impossible.
Online applications are authenticated
When you connect to a Commerzbank online application, the Commerzbank system automatically identifies itself by means of a certificate issued by an independent authority. Your computer verifies the authenticity of this certificate before sending data to the Commerzbank system. The certificate guarantees that you are genuinely connected to the online system of the Commerzbank.
Authorising the access
In order to use online applications you must first log on. To do this you must enter your user ID or user name together with your PIN code or password. This identifies you as the genuine user and ensures no one else can obtain access to your data. If the logon details are keyed in incorrectly three times in succession, access to the online account is automatically disabled.
Confidentiality of data transfer, data integrity
All communication between your computer and the Commerzbank online applications is encrypted. The keys used are known only to your computer and to the Commerzbank system. For eavesdroppers, an encrypted message is no more than a string of apparently random characters.
The encryption prevents anyone other than you from deliberately changing the messages. And the Secure Socket Layer protocol in the online banking system effectively puts a stop to the possibility of strings being manipulated by random (“blind”) alteration of characters.
All transactions must be authorised
Each and every transaction has to be authorised by you. There are various methods of authorisation used by the Commerzbank online applications.
Only one session possible
The security concept ensures that only one session under your user ID may be active at any one time. If there is an extended period without activity during a session, the session is automatically closed down. The same applies if the connection between your computer and the application fails for any reason: the session is automatically terminated.
128-bit encrypted communication
Communication between your computer and the Commerzbank server is based on the Secure Socket Layer protocol (SSL). The degree of encryption security depends very much on how long the keys are. For maximum safety, the Commerzbank encrypts all communication using at least 128 bits. Decrypting a message like this on a normal computer would take several thousand years.