The security of your financial information and activities is a serious concern for Lincoln Trust Company (“Lincoln Trust”). Lincoln Trust is a technologically sophisticated company that uses computers and unique software to conduct business. The company has dedicated security experts to maintain its firewalls, anti-virus software, and other product measures to protect the integrity of client account information and securities records.
While the Internet is not a completely secure network, Lincoln Trust uses up-to-date measures to prevent unauthorized parties from having access to your private information on the Lincoln Trust website. Lincoln Trust uses software that secures and encrypts all private information that is transmitted via the Internet. This means that only you are able to access your information. Your account information is also scrambled so that only you can read it.
Lincoln Trust has taken several security precautions to ensure that your account data is available only to you or other authorized individuals. To give you additional security assurances, more information is available about:
Lincoln Trust currently employs a 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL), the same security technology used to conduct most of today's web commerce such as online credit card purchases and online stock trading. Since data security is a moving target and security protocols are continuously evolving, Lincoln Trust will implement security features in the future that will maintain the highest levels of secure data transmission.
The SSL protocol provides secure communications on the Internet by doing three things:
There are two visual reminders of the security status of your connection at any given time. When you are in a secure state, the URL (web address) showing in your browser will begin with https (the "s" stands for "secure"). Normal unsecured transmissions show a URL beginning with http.
Individual browsers also give a second indication that secured transmissions are being sent and received. Typically, a solid key or a locked padlock icon in the lower left-hand corner of your browser window indicates a secured session is in progress, while an icon showing a broken key, an open lock, or no icon at all, indicates an unsecured mode.
Access to the online account inquiry site is gained when you log on and are asked to provide your User ID and your private password. After you have successfully signed up for online account inquiry, a system-generated password is mailed to you. When you first log on, you will be asked to enter a new password of your own choosing. Keep this password private (just as you protect PINs you use for other transactions, such as ATM withdrawals). You may change your password as often as you want and it is recommended that you change your password frequently.
Once you have gained access to your secured account information, you will have access until you close your browser. You will be logged off automatically after 15 minutes of non-use. Remember that anyone with physical access to your computer will have access to your account information if you have not closed your browser. Accessing another website will not close your browser - you must actually exit and close the browser. As a further security precaution, your session will expire and you'll need to log on again if your browser is inactive for an extended period.
To access your account information online, you must use a browser capable of handling the level of security that Lincoln Trust provides.
To access your account information online, you must use a secure (SSL-enabled) browser. The latest versions of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer meet this requirement and are the recommended browsers to use. The online account inquiry feature has been designed and tested to be compatible with version 4.0 of Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Your browser must also support 128-bit encryption. Most standard browser installations provide only 40-bit encryption, so you'll need to upgrade to the 128-bit. Visit the website of your browser software for instructions about how to verify the current encryption level and how to upgrade it. For Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 4.0 or later), this information is found under Help/About Internet Explorer. You'll also find a direct link to the specific encryption level upgrade page on Microsoft's website.
Some Internet access providers (such as AOL) distribute customized browsers to their customers. The levels of security necessary to access the account inquiry online site are not supported by some of these browsers, particularly older versions. This same problem occurs in operating systems issued prior to MS Windows 95 and Macintosh System 8. To make sure systems are compatible, you should be running the latest version system software available for your computer, along with the latest version of Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer instead of the browser provided by your Internet service provider.
If you are not sure about the browser version you are using, go to the Help menu at the top of the browser and choose "About" (Your Browser). The display will show you the version number of the browser you are using. If you do not see a version number, you are using an older version and should consider upgrading now if you want to use the online account inquiry feature.
If you are accessing account inquiry online from behind a corporate firewall, you may experience difficulties with your browser hanging, or failing to complete loading a page. If this happens, ask your corporate system administrator to establish a Proxy for SSL.
Lincoln Trust Company (“Lincoln Trust”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting the information you provide to us through this our affiliated organization's websites. We do not sell or distribute website visitor or customer information to third parties. Any user information we gather will be distributed within Lincoln Trust or its affiliated organizations to serve your needs and respond to your information requests. When using our website(s) these are the guidelines we use in protecting your personal information.
When you access this site, the type of internet browser you use is automatically collected and is placed in our Internet access logs. We use this information to learn which pages and information our website users and visitors access and how often. Throughout our site, we may provide the opportunity to subscribe to Lincoln Trust events or company news, to request company information, or to request product, or service information through an e-mail contact form. We use the information to respond to your requests. It is completely up to you whether or not you want to provide this information.
Cookies are small files of information that save specific information about your visit to a website on your computer. There are two types of cookies, persistent and session-based. Only persistent cookies remain on your computer after you've closed your browser or turned off your computer. The website uses persistent cookies only minimally to assign a "User ID" The cookies we use identify you merely as a number and are used only to assist in producing overall site visitor statistics. Cookies, by themselves, cannot be used to find out the identity of any user. As a Lincoln Trust customer, we are especially careful about the security and confidentiality of the information we send through persistent cookies.
Lincoln Trust does not sell or distribute user information to third-parties. If you have voluntarily submitted user information to us through an e-mail or contact form, Lincoln Trust maintains your security by ensuring the information is only distributed within Lincoln Trust and its affiliates. This enables us to respond to your request about a product or service. If you subscribe to an e-mail list, you will be given instructions on how to remove yourself from that list.
The website may provide links to other third-party websites or websites affiliated with Lincoln Trust through a business partnership or otherwise. Lincoln Trust is not responsible for the privacy policies, practices, or the content of such external links. The websites of organizations affiliated with Lincoln Trust may provide the same or individualized privacy statements. These links are provided to you for convenience purposes only, and you access them at your own risk.