Online Banking FAQ
1. Exactly what equipment and software do I need to access First Bank's Online Banking?
You'll need an Internet service provider, a modem (28,800 baud or higher is recommended), and browser software which supports Secure Sockets Layer (i.e. Netscape 4.x or newer, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x or newer. Latest browser version is recommended).
2. How do I turn on Bill Pay?
You can turn on Bill Pay by contacting First Bank's Electronic Banking Department at any time. If you are enrolling for the first time, choose Bill Pay in the enrollment screen. If you need to add Bill Pay later, you can call us at 1-888-220-4446 or 228-4446 to request it. Or you may send us a Mailbox message in online banking to request it (sign in and mailbox is on the left side of your screen). Bill Pay for personal accounts is $4.95 per month for 10 payments and for business accounts it is $9.95 for 20 payments. Additional payments are $0.50 each.
3. Is the Internet safe and secure for Online Banking?
Yes. This is a common concern with banking and commerce on the Internet. Data on the Internet is safeguarded by encryption as it moves between systems. Data residing on a system can only be accessed by using an authorized sign-on ID and Passcode.
Any kind of breach in the security of our systems would be a serious business issue for the bank. Our success depends on our ability to manage these systems safely and to continue to earn your trust as our customer. Please be assured that we will take every measure possible to protect the financial information and resources you have entrusted to us.
You can help safeguard your information and the banking systems by protecting your Sign-On ID and Pass Code. A proper combination of your Sign-On ID and Pass Code is the only way to get access into your account. Please be careful to keep this information secure.
4. Can anyone else see my account information?
Your online account information is available through access methods, which have been rigorously tested for their secure access. The information is not public. Only you can access it using your Sign-On ID and Pass Code.
5. What if Online Banking goes down? Will my payments be made and my transfers go through?
If Online Banking and all of our back up systems were to go down, you can be comfortable that any transaction for which you had already processed, prior to the system going down, will go through. If you were in the middle of a transaction and there is some question as to whether the system has received the request, you may feel free to contact the bank to ensure your transaction request has been accepted.
6. How long does it take for a payment to reach my payee?
Each payment made by Online Banking will be processed either by check or by electronic funds transfer. If the payment is made through electronic funds transfer, it will take a matter of hours for the payment to reach your payee. Payments made by check, however, will be delivered via the postal service. Delivery could take several days depending on where the payment is to be sent. The safest thing is to always schedule your payments at least seven business days ahead of the date they are due. This will ensure that the payment will be made and processed in time.
7. What types of accounts are included in Online Banking?
You can access the following types of accounts:
8. Can I have more than one checking account linked to Online Banking?
Yes. You can link all of your checking accounts in Online Banking.
9. How current is the account information?
Your Internet operates in a real time online environment. Transactions that you perform at the ATM or when using the voice response unit will be posted to your account immediately under most circumstances; however there are times when these transactions may not be posted.
10. Should the payment date I give be the payment's actual due date?
No. You need to allow some time for the payment to reach your payee, so enter a date before the actual due date. Be sure to take into account that although you can schedule a payment at any time, payments are actually initiated (sent to the payee) only on business days.
11. How soon are the funds actually taken out of my account?
Funds are always deducted from your account seven days before the bill is due.
12. What happens if I don't have enough money in my account to cover a bill payment?
You will receive an automatic message to your inbox letting you know that the payment did not go through and you will need to resend it.
13. When and how are my payments delivered and how can I ensure that my payee receives my payment on the due date?
When you schedule a payment, Online Banking warehouses the payment until it is time to process it. The time to process will vary depending on how the payment is to be made and how long it will take to get the payment to the payee.
Once the system has determined that it is time to process the payment, the payment is changed to a processing status. The payment is then processed by conducting an electronic funds transfer, or a check is produced and made payable to the payee from your account. The check is then sent to the payee via regular mail.
Since the system requires you to submit payment requests seven days in advance, this ensures there is sufficient lead time to process your request and get it to the payee by the date you specify.
14. Why does it take a few days to process payments?
Although a number of your payees accept payments electronically, many do not. For those that do not accept electronic payments, we must send a check to that payee through the U.S. Mail. Once it is received by the payee, it may also take a day or so for that payee to process the check and post it to your account. Even for electronic payments, it may take two or three days for your payment to be posted. By allowing a few days for processing and delivery, we can guarantee that your bills are paid on time.
15. What should I do if a payee has not posted my payment?
You need to allow a few days for your payee to process your payment. If your payee has not posted the payment to your account after a few days, send an online message to the Bill Payment Desk to inquire about the status of the payment. Be sure to provide the item's reference number. The reference number is displayed on the Pay Bills screen under the "Ref #" column. The payment will then be traced and a status response will be sent to you.
16. How can I prove payments and transfers were made?
With each payment and transfer, you are given a reference number so you know we received it. In addition, payments and transfers will appear on your transaction register so you can see they posted. You'll also continue to receive your monthly statement in the mail from your payee.
17. Will I be charged the monthly service fee for bill payment even if I don't make any payments?
Yes. Once you sign up for Bill Pay and set up your payees, you will be charged the monthly fee. The fee for personal accounts to have Bill Pay is currently $4.95 per month, which includes 10 payments; any additional payments are $0.50 each. The fee for business accounts to have Bill Pay is currently $9.95 per month, which includes 20 payments; any additional payments are $0.50 each.
18. How will the payments be made?
We use two methods of payment:
- Electronic - Online Banking sends an electronic credit to your payee and electronically debits your checking account on your scheduled payment date.
- Laser Draft - looks and acts just like one of your personal checks.
19. Can I choose the method of payment?
No. Online Banking will process the payment electronically if possible. If not, then an Online Check is produced. Over time, some payees who could not accept electronic payment may be able to. They will then begin being paid electronically.
20. Does Online Banking work with other accounting software (i.e., Quicken®, Quickbooks®, Money®)?
Yes, Online Banking was designed to be highly compatible with these popular software products. You can access the export capability from the Reports screen.