From 1stStateBk.com to 1stState.Bank
We’re excited to announce that on August 3rd, along with the launch of our new website with a fresh look, we will transition over to 1stState.Bank from our 1stStateBk .com domain to provide you an even more secure banking experience. On that day all visits to 1stStateBk.com will be automatically redirected to 1stState.Bank, and all emails will be forwarded from our 1stStateBk.com addresses to our new 1stState.Bank addresses. While website redirection and email forwarding will remain in place for the foreseeable future, you should take a moment after our launch August 3rd to update your bookmark(s) to our site and any email addresses in your address book.
Our new .Bank domain helps to prevent phishing attacks against our employees, customers and vendors by providing a visual identification cue for our emails and websites. Going forward, you should authenticate our emails and website(s) simply by looking for the “.Bank” (rather than .com) at the end of our email addresses and at the end of our URL.
For example: If you previously have received emails from JosephS@1stStateBk.com you will now receive emails from JosephS@1stState.Bank
If it’s not .Bank it’s not us.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions about .Bank. Please reach out to your banker if you have any additional questions.
What is .Bank?
.Bank is a gated domain, like .gov or .edu, but for verified banks. Replacing .com, which can be purchased by anyone, .Bank quickly verifies that the website or email is authentically from our bank, so you can interact with confidence when you see the ‘.Bank’ at the end of our email address and website URL.
How is .Bank more secure?
All banks are verified and authenticated by fTLD, the .Bank administrator, prior to registering their .Bank domain, and re-verified annually thereafter. This ensures everyone using a .Bank domain is an eligible organization. Hackers and bad actors can’t get a .Bank domain to create lookalike domains for phishing and spoofing, as they can in ‘.com’ and other publicly available domains.
With the ‘.Bank’ visual authentication cue in place you can quickly confirm emails and websites of ours are real, and avoid interactions that could lead to identity theft and financial fraud. This authentication is also an additional layer of protection for our internal and vendor communications, helping us to further secure against potential breaches.
All banks within the .Bank domain must also implement additional Security Requirements to help secure their sites and email, and protect them, their vendors and their customers from phishing, spoofing and other cyberattacks. All banks using .Bank are monitored for compliance with these security requirements on an ongoing basis.
Do I need to do anything differently now that you’re in .Bank?
Our email addresses and website URL now end in .Bank From now on, before interacting with emails from us, and before you enter your username and password on our website, simply look for the ‘.Bank’ to authenticate the email or website is ours.
Our .com email addresses are forwarding to our new .Bank email addresses, and our .com website redirects to our new .Bank site, but over time you should update your address book and bookmark for our site.
You’re the first ‘.Bank’ I’ve seen, why haven’t all the other banks moved?
The move to .Bank is a business decision every bank must make, and plan for, based on its own priorities and resources. We decided it was a priority for us to enhance our security and provide our customers with an easy way to authenticate our email communications and website so we’ve made the move to .Bank.