Signing on to secure sites from an unsecure page is a common industry practice, and not unique to our online banking service. You may see this same functionality at other Web sites.
In fact, this home page itself is informational and not encrypted. Therefore it does not display the familiar “Lock” symbol in the bottom right–hand corner, nor does the address line begin with https. However, it is “safe” to enter your sign-on information from the home page.
The Account Number and Password are not transmitted until you click the “Log In” button. After you click the “Log In” button, a secure, encrypted connection is established between your personal computer’s browser and our online banking service, using Secure Socket Layers (SSL).
After you click “Log In”, you can validate that SSL is being used by seeing that “https” is displayed at the beginning of the data in your browser’s address line.