What is .BANK?¶
.BANK is a protected domain, like .gov or .edu, but for verified banks. Replacing other generic top level domains like .com, which can be purchased by anyone, .BANK enables quick verification that the website or email is authentically from our bank, so you can interact with confidence when you see .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. Cybercriminals can’t register 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 ARB are authentic, 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 .BANK to verify the email or website is legitimate. Our new email addresses (@arb.bank) are also much more convenient to type!
New URL: https://americanriviera.bank
New Email: @arb.bank or @americanriviera.bank
Our @americanrivierabank.com email addresses are forwarding to our new @arb.BANK email addresses, and our AmericanRivieraBank.com website redirects to our new AmericanRiviera.BANK site, but over time you should update your address book and bookmark for our site.
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.