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Cookies Information

About cookies

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Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.  They can also ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

With most internet browsers, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.  If you want to know how to do this please look at the help menu on your web browser.  However, please note that switching off or “opting out” of the use of cookies will mean that you may not be able to use certain features of the website.  Find out more about the use of cookies and how to switch off cookies on www.cookiecentral.com or www.aboutcookies.org. 
The cookies used on our websites can be categorised in the following ways. 

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the web site and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the web site. Without these cookies services you have asked for, such as shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

Accessing your online account

Access to our online services requires the entry of your User ID, Password and PIN.

We will email your User ID to the email address supplied during application stage. If you provided a mobile number when you registered, you’ll receive your password by SMS. If you didn’t provide a mobile number we’ll call you to tell you your password.

The first time you login you’ll be asked to create a PIN. Then, each time you access our online mortgage service you’ll be asked for your user ID, password and specific numbers from your PIN. Always take reasonable steps to keep your login information confidential.

Keep Passwords safe by:

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Make sure your Password is secure

Choose a 'strong' 8 to 16 character password for our online service and changing it regularly. Use a mix of letters and numbers (like c4t or d0g), that you can remember without writing down. And avoid using words that may be easy for others to guess, such as the name of a family member or pet.

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Important security advice

You can also visit the Get Safe Online websiteopens a new window, which provides independent expert security advice created with the UK government and the Serious Organised Crime Agency. You can find out more about how to protect yourself against online threats such as unwanted email, viruses, spyware and popups as well as online fraud such as pharming, phishing and identity theft.

Be careful where you log in

We strongly advise you not to use our online service on publicly accessible computers, in places such as internet cafes, as they are not always secure.

Don't choose or change your Password or PIN on a computer in a public place.

If you are using our online service in a public place or in the office, don't leave the computer unattended while you are logged in, and take care that no-one is watching what you type.

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Always log out

Always click 'Logout' when you've finished using our online service wherever you are, and always close your browser. This will prevent others from gaining access to your online account.

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Secure Session

Site certificates form an essential part of providing reassurance that the site you are visiting is genuine. A site certificate shows you that a secure connection has been established and secure communication can take place. It will also demonstrate that you are not being tricked to enter your details on a fraudulent website.

There are two ways you can see if you have a secure connection. Once a secure connection is established:

Check for a secure connection every time you log on. It helps to keep your data safe.

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What do I do if I receive a suspicious email (phishing)?

We may occasionally email you, however we will never email you requesting your login details or direct you to a web page that asks for this information.

You can help protect yourself from fraudulent emails by:

If you receive an email that looks like it may be from Scottish Widows Bank but you suspect is fraudulent, please forward a copy to: internet.security@scottishwidows.co.uk

This information will be used to help reduce online fraud.

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View last time you visited

When you log in to our online service we display the date and time you last logged in to our service so that you can verify there has been no unexpected online activity since your last visit.

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Timeout Facility

You'll be logged out automatically from our online mortgage service after 5 minutes of inactivity. This reduces the risk of anyone accessing the service if you leave your computer unattended or forget to log out.

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Blocking access

If three consecutive attempts are made to log in using an incorrect Password, we'll automatically disable access to your account. You can re-activate your account by contacting us on 0345 845 6789. Lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (Wednesday from 9:30am).

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Support for you

If you suspect that your security details have been breached, pleased call us on 0345 845 6789. Lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (Wednesday from 9:30am).

Please remember that we’ll never ask for your log on details by email or telephone.