Bell Bank's website domain name will change soon. Before year end, bellbanks.com will become bell.bank, a URL that's short, sweet and simple!
New “dot-bank” domains are being adopted by many banks worldwide, including Bell, to provide greater security to bank customers. Consider it your “online stamp of trust” for your banking website.
Financial institutions like ours are allowed to use a .bank domain only after an authentication process verifying who we are. We also follow additional security safeguards. When you see bell.bank, you can rest assured it’s the bank you trust, with even greater security than before. And when you receive an email from an @bell.bank address, you can trust the communication is from us.
Bottom line: Once this change takes effect, you should look for the “.bank” URL before interacting with any email or website of Bell’s.
We’ll let you know when the change to bell.bank becomes official, likely in just a few weeks. It won’t affect any of the website navigation, logins or other features you’re used to now on bellbanks.com.
And don’t worry – we’ll automatically redirect our .com sites for a while, so you’ll have some time to get used to the new bell.bank domain name. See you soon on bell.bank!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is .bank?
.Bank is a gated domain, like .gov or .edu, but for verified banks. Replacing .com, which can be purchased by anyone, .bank quickly verifies that the website or email is authentically from our bank, so you can interact with confidence when you see the .bank at the end of our email address or 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 that everyone using a .bank domain is an eligible organization. Hackers and cybercriminals can’t get a .bank domain to create lookalike domains for phishing or spoofing, as they can using .com or other publicly available domains.
With the .bank visual authentication cue in place, you can quickly confirm emails and websites of ours and avoid interactions that could lead to identity theft and financial fraud. This authentication also adds a layer of protection for our internal and vendor communications, helping us further secure our company against potential breaches.
All banks with the .bank domain must implement additional security requirements for their websites and email addresses to protect against phishing, spoofing and other cyberattacks. Plus, all banks using .bank are monitored for compliance with these security requirements on an ongoing basis.
Do I need to make any changes logging in to online banking, once bellbanks.com becomes bell.bank?
No. All you need to do is log in as usual at bell.bank or on your Bell Bank mobile app.
Do I need to do anything differently once bellbanks.com becomes bell.bank?
Before interacting with emails from us or entering your username and password on our website, you’ll simply look for the .bank to authenticate that the email or website is ours.
Our .com email addresses will forward to our new .bank email addresses, and our .com website will redirect to our new .bank site. Over time, you should still update your address book and bookmark for our site.