Why Some People Fear Internet Banking
Some people could not be happier with internet banking. Others fear it and want no part of it. Sometimes these people will give you reasons for their fears. Other times, they will just say they do not like it and leave it at that.
Some people are simply shy. They do not want to even get on the internet, much less do internet banking. These people often see the internet as a vast community of people that do not know them. Perhaps this is more alarming to those who have grown up in tight-knit communities.
At any rate, shy people will avoid internet banking because they feel embarrassed about what they are doing. It is not that they are doing anything wrong. It is just that they feel scrutinized by a larger group of people than they would at their local bank.
If these people can understand that their internet banking transactions are their own private business, they will be less alarmed. If they can see that the internet is not a tool to make them feel embarrassed, they can begin to get comfortable with it. Some of these people eventually overcome their fears and become the most avid internet banking customers.
Other people are afraid that using their computer for internet banking will lead them to obsess over money. They feel that if the information is available to them at all times, they will have a hard time ignoring it. They think they will be consumed about every little thing that is happening with their account.
Some people may actually have this problem at first. The answer is to set limits on your internet banking time. Do not check over your account more than once a day unless you have a very good reason to do so. Take time to write out what those reasons would be limited to, and then stick to it. Eventually, the new will wear off and reasonable internet banking use will prevail.
One fear is that internet banking will lead the person to deal in a paperless business environment. They fear that if they do not have written proof of transactions, they will lose the ability to prove anything. They want the control a piece of paper seems to give them.
The truth is that internet banking does not have to be completely paperless. For those who want a paper trail, it is easy to construct one. You can print off transactions. You can keep ATM and debit receipts. You can print off a monthly statement. You can even print off a copy of a given check, in most cases.
Most people have some fears about internet banking security. Indeed it is a difficult business keeping up with those who would break into the virtual vaults. However, with encryption, firewalls, and other forms of security, banks are making internet banking fairly secure. They are constantly working to better security too.
It is good if fears about internet banking can be overcome. Internet banking is a useful tool to make life easier for those who employ it. If you are hesitating about starting an internet banking account, be courageous and give it a try.