NOTE: The U.S. government lists 128-bit encryption as a federal munition. This means that browsers that offer it can be used only by citizens and permanent residents of the United States and citizens of Canada, and it can only be downloaded to locations in the United States or Canada.
These algorithms serve as door locks on your account information. While BBVA Compass and your computer can easily translate this code back to meaningful language, this process would be a daunting, almost impossible, task for unauthorized intruders. That's because there are billions of possible keys that could potentially solve each formula, but only one that will work. Every time you begin an online banking session, your computer and BBVA Compass' system agree on a random number that serves as the key for the rest of the conversation. What that random number is depends largely on the strength of encryption used by your browser.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
or lock next to address bar
Netscape Navigator and Communicator
Netscape and Firefox display the encryption icon in the lower left corner of the browser. In addition, Netscape displays the icon in the navigation toolbar. Microsoft Internet Explorer displays the icon in the lower right corner of the browser or on the tool bar next to the address bar.
All BBVA Compass-approved browsers provide detailed information on security levels. See your browser's help or documentation for more information.
What type of encryption do I need?
To conduct online banking with BBVA Compass, you must use a browser with 128-bit encryption.