United States Senate Federal Credit Union

FAQs - CU AnyHour+


What can I do with CU AnyHour+?

CU AnyHour+, USSFCU’s enhanced online banking service, is the real-time way to log on to your credit union accounts directly through the Internet.  It's safe and easy to use. You can see the current balances of all your deposit and loan accounts. (Loan payoff balances are shown with interest accrued from the last payment date and is only current for the date viewed--please call the credit union to obtain projected payoff amounts.).  You can also search through the transactions that have been made to your account. You can transfer money between share accounts, deposit checks (Remote Deposit AnyWhere™), pay bills (Bill Pay), transfer funds to and from other financial institutions (Bank to Bank Transfer), manage your finances with a personal financial management tool (“My Finance”), and so much more.

To find out more about what you can do with CU AnyHour+, refer to the CU AnyHour+ How To or enroll today.

What do I need to know to get started?

To begin banking online, you must have a CU AnyHour ID and Password. To receive these, you will need to enroll through CU AnyHour+.  You may enroll online and read the Online Banking Agreement located on this site. Applications are also available through email requests by contacting the eBranch at services@ussfcu.org, by telephoning (202)224-2967, or by requesting an application at one of our branches. After we receive your completed application and agreement, your CU AnyHour ID and Password will be provided.

What are system requirements for using CU AnyHour+?

CU AnyHour+ supports Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 and higher, Firefox version 3 and higher, and Safari browser level 5.1.7 (Released 5.10.12) or greater. Users on older versions may experience errors or issues with functionality. The Encryption Level must be at least 128-bit encryption.

Members who experience problems accessing CU AnyHour+ can attempt the Troubleshooting steps found in the Troubleshooting section of this FAQ to resolve the problem.

Do you need special software to use CU AnyHour+?

No. You access CU AnyHour+ through USSFCU’s Web site.

All you need is Internet access with a browser that supports 128-bit encryption (Netscape Communicator 4.7 and higher, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher all support 128-bit encryption). For AOL and other browsers you need to verify that your version supports SSL encryption. For added security, we recommend that you download the latest browser version, which supports 128-bit encryption. You can test your browser by going to the log-in page and selecting “Test Browser”.

Can I download my bank account information into my financial software package?

Yes. Most software packages allow you to download account information from CU AnyHour+.  Once enrolled, click on the “Help” function to obtain step-by-step directions for downloading. However, please be aware that each software package is different; if you require additional software support, please contact the software manufacturer about this issue. 

Please note that USSFCU will also have an optional Personal Financial Management service available with CU AnyHour+. “My Finance” will allow you to aggregate accounts from other financial institutions, create What If? scenarios, create budgets, track transactions, etc.

Must I have "Cookies" enabled to use CU AnyHour+ online banking?

Yes, your browser must accept “Cookies” to utilize this service. Each browser version handles Cookies uniquely. Please check with your browser software manufacturer to determine how to verify that your settings will accept Cookies.

Is there any fee charged to use CU AnyHour+?

CU AnyHour+ is a free service available to United States Senate Federal Credit Union members. Bill Pay is free when you sign up for eStatements. Bank to Bank Transfer, an optional service, has a per transaction fee (see fee schedule for details). Personal Financial Management, an optional service, (“My Finance”) has an annual fee (see fee schedule for details).

Is CU AnyHour+ easy to use?
Yes. CU AnyHour+ has been developed to be very user friendly. You just point and click to get to the information you need.

Can we use CU AnyHour+ for all of our accounts?

Yes. You can gain appropriate access to any account on which you are a primary or joint owner.

Is CU AnyHour+ safe?

. Yes, privacy and safety have been a top concern in developing CU AnyHour+. Please refer to the section in this document on SECURITY for additional peace of mind.

What are the hours of operation for CU AnyHour+?

CU AnyHour+ is available 24 hours a day! However, service may be interrupted on occasion for maintenance. Communication of downtime will be posted in the News and Alerts section of the credit union Web site www.ussfcu.org.

How do I know my transaction has gone through?

You can go back and check your account balances through CU AnyHour+ after you complete the transaction.

What do I do if I make a mistake?

Send a secure message through CU AnyHour+ message center, send an e-mail message to services@ussfcu.org or phone Member Services at (202)224-2967, (800) 374-2758 if outside DC metro area, as soon as possible so we can make the necessary corrections to your account.

What types of transactions are permitted?

You may transfer money between share accounts. You may also make payments to your auto loans, and all other loans. You can see the current balances of all your deposit and loan accounts. (Loan payoff balances are shown with interest accrued from the last payment date and is only current for the date viewed--please call the credit union to obtain projected payoff amounts.).  You can also search through the transactions that have been made to your account. You can deposit checks (Remote Deposit AnyWhere™), pay bills (Bill Pay), transfer funds to and from other financial institutions (Bank to Bank Transfer), manage your finances with a personal financial management tool (“My Finance”), and so much more.

Are there limits to the number of CU AnyHour+ transactions I can conduct in a month?
There are no limitations to transactions done through CU AnyHour+. However, some products and services have limitations and terms. For example, Regulation D applies to the number of transactions you can perform on a savings account and money market account. For specific details please consult your individual product disclosures you previously received upon opening your account(s) with the Credit Union.
Will CU AnyHour+ automatically close my session if I forget to exit?
Yes. After 10 minutes of inactivity, CU AnyHour+ will automatically close out your access.

Is it important to keep USSFCU updated on my e-mail address changes?

Definitely! E-mail is an important method we use to keep you updated on electronic payments, news, and other information. You can make these changes yourself under the “Options” tab


How do I choose my password?

You should choose a password that is easy for you to remember. However, for security reasons, it should not be an obvious choice, such as your name, birthday, or social security number. Passwords for CU AnyHour+ must meet the following guidelines:

  • Case Sensitive
  • Minimum 6 characters
  • Maximum 10 characters
  • Minimum 1 Alpha character
  • Minimum 2 “Other” characters (Other characters include numbers and special characters, ex. !@#$%&*).
  • A <space> is not a character

What happens if I forget my password?

No record of your password exists at the credit union. If you forget your password you can reset it using your CU AnyHour ID. Log in to CU AnyHour+ and follow the instructions:

Reset Password
Before the Reset Password feature can be utilized, Current Email Address, Password Reset Question and Password Reset Answer fields must be completed in the Options tab. The Password Reset Answer field is case sensitive.

To use the reset password feature:

Step 1: Click Reset Password on the login screen.

Step 2: Enter your CU AnyHour ID (username), email address, and email subject. Email subject allows you to customize the subject line in the email you will receive so you know the email is legitimate. Click Continue.

Step 3: Email displaying E-Mail Subject verbiage is sent. Click the link in the body of the email.

Step 4: Enter your CU AnyHour ID and answer the displayed question (answer is case sensitive). Click Continue.

Can I change my CU AnyHour ID?

Yes. Your user ID is case-sensitive and can be no more than twelve characters long. The User ID cannot begin with a number but may include numbers. To create a new CU AnyHour+ ID, simply click on “Options” on the CU AnyHour+ navigation bar and make changes to the Modify Login Information section.

Can I change my Password?

Yes. You can change your Password at any time and are encouraged to do so periodically for your security. To change your “Password”, simply click on “Options” on the CU AnyHour+ navigation bar and fill in the 6-10 digit password fields, remember you must have one alpha character and minimum 2 other characters, numeric or symbol. You may reuse a former password after three subsequent password changes.

Note: Any joint parties or other authorized person on your account can have a separate ID and password.  The other party will need to contact us for this feature.

  1. You will be asked to select a new security (multifactor) watermark.  As you may recall this is unique image attached to your login which indicates you are signed into CU AnyHour+, and not a bogus Web site. (If you see any other image in the future we ask that you contact us immediately).
  2. You will be asked to provide several challenge questions and answers.  In the future if you forget your ID or password, or use a different internet device for the first time, you may be asked these questions to authenticate you as the user.
Can I change my multifactor questions?
No. Once these are selected in a members initial setup they cannot be changed.

What happens if I enter the wrong ID or Password?

You are allowed 3 attempts to enter your log-in information. If unsuccessful after the 3rd attempt, your online account access will be locked for security reasons. Locked passwords can not be reset by members. Contact a USSFCU Member Service Officer at 202.224.2967 (800.374.2758 outside DC metro area) during our regular business hours, and we will reset your ID and Password.

What do I do if my password expires?

For your protection, CU AnyHour+ Online Banking requires you to select a new password every 180 days. This interval starts over whenever you change your password.

What happens if I don’t log off the system?

CU AnyHour+ has a time-out feature. If you are logged in for 10 consecutive minutes without activity, you will need to log in again to resume banking.
May I paste and copy my access information (ID & PIN) into my CU AnyHour+ Log-in?

No. The codes must be keyed initially, but the CU AnyHour ID may be changed (see next question).

I have a hard time remembering my CU AnyHour ID, how do I change it to something I can remember?

To change your CU AnyHour ID from the original ID that was assigned when your online account was first setup please follow the instructions below:
Login to CU AnyHour+ with your current ID and Password.

  1. Choose the “Options” menu at the top of your screen.
  2. In the space below your current Personal ID, type your new ID, retype for verification, then select the submit button.
  3. You will then receive a message: "Your new Personal ID has been activated."
  4. Please keep your original CU AnyHour+ ID in a safe place for future reference.


Online Banking is new to me. How do I know my money is safe?

As a USSFCU online customer your money is safe. We use several layers of technology to make sure your Internet transactions are secure and tamperproof.

  1. Your Browser. To provide privacy for the data flowing between your computer and bank server, encryption is used. To tell if a session is encrypted, look at the key or lock icon on your browser. If it becomes solid or appears to be locked, then the session is encrypted. If the key icon appears to be broken or the lock unlocked, then encryption is not in use and the current session is not secure.
  2. Firewalls. CU AnyHour+ is also protected by a system of filtering routers and firewalls, which create a protective shield between the outside Internet and USSFCU member data.
  3. Internal Procedures. To further enforce security, stringent internal procedures control every aspect of bank administration, from training employees to confirming member transactions to preventing service interruptions.
  4. What You Can Do To Protect Yourself. As much as we can do on our end to keep your transactions and account information secure, we need your help.

Your CU AnyHour ID and Password provide one of CU AnyHour+’s most important security features. Because you can select and change your Password at any time, you play an important role in preventing unauthorized access to your online accounts:

For your protection, you will be prompted to change your Password every 180 days.

  • KEEP your login information confidential. Memorize it, and DO NOT write it down. (NOTE: USSFCU representatives will never ask you for your Password.)
  • DON’T SELECT a Password that can be easily guessed by anyone else. DO NOT use, for example, your birthday, your spouse’s name or your current ATM PIN.
  • MAKE SURE no one else is watching as you type in your Password.
  • DO NOT leave your computer unattended with the browser running and valid CU AnyHour ID and Password entered.
  • ALWAYS log off the system by clicking on the exit tab to end your secure session so that others can’t access your accounts.
  • TELL US at once if you believe your Password has been lost or stolen. Please review your Online Agreement for details.

Other Security Hints:

  • Keep your web browser software up-to-date to take advantage of security enhancements.
  • Take precautions to keep your computer free from viruses that might be used to capture Password keystrokes or send information from your hard drive.
  • DO NOT use coffee shop Internet hook-ups or rented computers to do your online banking. Computers can capture information from the Internet as part of the browser software’s operation, or because someone has loaded a program in it to secretly gather your information.
  • If you are away from home and get an unexpected screen asking you for your credit card, Password, or account information, DO NOT disclose.
  • If you save financial information on a disk or jump drive, remember that a sophisticated user can read it, even after you have “erased” the file. DO NOT share disks/jump drives that contain confidential information.
  • Practice “safe trash” with printouts of your account information. DO NOT throw them away where prying eyes can find them. It is always a good idea to shred printouts of your account information before discarding.

Why do I have to change my Password when I first log on?

Security. By changing your password to one that only YOU know, you maximize the level of security to your accounts.

What happens if I don’t log off the system?

CU AnyHour+ has a time-out feature for your security. If you are logged in for 10 consecutive minutes without activity, you will need to log in again to resume banking.
How can you guarantee the security of my banking information?

We have extremely stringent criteria to guarantee the security of your online account information. Our site requires you to have 128-bit encryption, the highest level of security for your protection. If you are unsure about your browser encryption level, please use the “Test Browser” feature on the log-in page to perform a check. More security features are listed below:

Your banking information never travels the Internet without encryption protection.

Log-in sessions have a time-out limit and after the limit is reached you are required to log-in again.

Password guessing is deterred and reported.

Internet security is not a one-time task. Our software vendors are constantly developing and implementing security enhancements to ensure the integrity of our online banking system. The latest development is called Multi-Factor Authentication. This added security has built in safety features to verify that you are logged onto the GENUINE CU AnyHour+ Web site, and that it’s truly YOU accessing your accounts.

What are some of the features USSFCU uses to protect me?

State-of-the-art technology and extensive planning is used to keep your information secure. Some of our many specific features used to keep your information secure are:

  • All sensitive and personal information is encrypted, which is why the system will only work on a browser with 128-bit encryption capabilities.
  • Access requires passwords only you know.
  • Your account numbers, social security numbers, and tax ID numbers are never displayed on the CU AnyHour+ Online Banking system.
  • You will be asked to select and answer three security/challenge questions that only you should be able to answer. Should these questions be answered wrong, the account will be blocked.
  • The system will monitor for unusual behavior. Thus when you use your accounts atypically while banking online, the previously mentioned questions will pop up.
  • You will also be asked to select a "watermark" which is a picture that will be distinctly your own. Each member  will have a unique watermark - making it much more difficult, if not impossible, to "spoof" or "pharm".
  • You will be asked to change your password regularly. If the wrong password is entered multiple times when logging in, access to the account will be locked.
  • The system does not allow for "remember my password" functionality to ensure others cannot easily access your account from any computer you have used to access CU AnyHour+ Online Banking.
  • Sessions have a limit of 10 minutes of inactivity before automatically logging out. Thus if you unexpectedly leave your computer, others won't have access to your information.

If you have difficulties, please call member service during weekday business hours at 202.224.2967 (800.374.2758 outside DC metro area) so we can assist you with any login issues.

Can other people see my account information?

No, your account information is as secure as it is at the physical credit union. We've taken every step possible to be sure our system meets the latest security standards, including using the most up-to-date encryption methods and software.

What are "spoofing", "phishing", "pharming", and "malware"?

USSFCU offers advanced state-of-the-art technology to protect your confidential information and provide deterrent mechanisms for preventing fraud and identity theft. Some of the common tactics used by criminals include:

  • Spoofing - Creating a fake Web site that looks like a legitimate business site. These sites can be exact copies of legitimate sites and often use website addresses that are very similar to the real ones.
  • Phishing - Using email or links to direct unsuspecting people to "spoofed" sites to gather personal information such as user names and passwords. The phishers can then use this information to login to victims' accounts.
  • Pharming - An upgraded version of phishing where a legitimate site is copied exactly and victims are directed to official looking forms that gather personal information that can later be used for identity theft.
  • Malware - Often included in spam e-mails, this software can take control of your computer without your knowledge and forward to fraudsters your personal information, such as IDs, passwords and account numbers.

How does the challenge question process work?

For security reasons, an additional authentication procedure has been employed for online transactions that might be risky. In order for this security feature to work, the system will perform data collection where you will be asked to select three secret questions and answer them. When considering your secret questions, select those with answers that will be easy for you to remember but are also unknown to others. If the system determines you are behaving in a way that is atypical or risky, it will ask you one or more of these questions before the risky transaction is completed. Assuming you have answered the secret questions correctly, the transaction you initiated will proceed.

Why is USSFCU using watermarks (personal images)?

The watermark is an additional authentication procedure employed to improve security for our users. You will be prompted to select your own personal image at your next login. One change you'll notice right away is that on the login page, you'll only be asked for your CU AnyHour+ ID. Once you've supplied your ID, a secondary login page will appear. This page will not only request your password, but it will also include your personally selected image. You'll be sure that the site you are logging in to is US Senate FCU, not a cleverly duplicated copy - because criminals will not be able to duplicate your unique image. If the image is incorrect, do not login and contact the credit union immediately. Just as you can change your security questions at any time, you'll be able to change your watermark image as well.

I delete the cookies on my computer every time I log off. What happens then?”

There is no need to delete the cookies on your computer.  Cookies on a computer only let a website track when a user is accessing their website again. Cookies are like a ‘bookmark’ for a website that you visit.  They cannot do anything harmful to your computer. If you delete your cookies every time you log off, CU AnyHour+ will have to create a new one every time you visit. 

When the cookie attempts to write, (this) will occur:

If the settings are set to ‘allow’ persistent cookies, the cookie will automatically set.
If the settings are set to ‘not allow’, the cookie will attempt to write, however it will be unsuccessful and you will be routed back to the login screen with the following error message:

Notice:  To better protect you and your information, it is necessary to write a one-time ‘cookie’ to this machine at login.  Please accept this cookie to continue your online banking session.
If your browser settings are set to prompt when a persistent cookie is attempting to write, you will see this prompt at each successful login until you accept this cookie. 


I have trouble logging in. What could be the problem?

You may be entering your CU AnyHour+ ID incorrectly. You should enter your ID (Former CU AnyHour users this is no longer your account number).  You may also be entering your password incorrectly. Don't forget that your password is case sensitive. For example, the password "Abc123" would not be accepted if you entered "abc123."

The system keeps logging me out after I enter my account number and password. What is wrong?

Most likely, Cookies are not enabled on your web browser. Cookies must be enabled (your browser must be set to "accept Cookies") for CU AnyHour+ to remember who you are from screen to screen. If you do not like to use Cookies, you can turn them off after each visit to our site.

I have trouble seeing the numbers and text on the screen.  How can I change the font size?

The font size can be changed through your Web browser.  On Internet Explorer, simply go to "View" then "Text Size" and select the option you wish.  Other browsers also have this capability, consult the "Help" function on your particular browser if you do not know how to access this option.

When I print my account transaction history, I find it is too wide for the printed page. What can I do?

The width of the statement form slightly exceeds the default margin settings in Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer (which generally default to 0.75 inches each for the left and right margin). If you alter the left and right margin settings (from the FILE menu then select PAGE SETUP) to 0.25 inches this should allow the account history to fit to a single page.

After I “exit” CU AnyHour+ I can hit the “Back” button to view previous pages that were viewed earlier in CU AnyHour+. Why?

Some browsers will allow your personal pages that you have viewed with CU AnyHour+ to stay in your browser’s cache. If you leave the browser running on a computer in your office, home, or public place, then other people can use the “Back” button to view your balances and other personal information. If you are concerned with privacy, after logging off you should clear the browser’s disk and memory cache and exit the browser (see next question).

What do I do if I get an error message?

If you receive an error message while using CU AnyHour+ online banking, please make a note of the message, the error number and time, and contact us. We will make every effort to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

When I log-in to CU AnyHour+, it says "hello," but not to me. Why?
CU AnyHour+ always greets the individual or business setup as primary account holder assigned to the access code.
I cannot get past the page that says, “This site requires 128-bit encryption." How do I upgrade my browser?

Our start page for Online Banking has a test for your current browser to ensure 128-bit encryption, if after running the test you are notified that your browser version is not adequate you can visit their home page to locate the download for the 128-bit encryption version or you will be provided a link to download the 128-bit version of your browser for free.

When I attempt to log-in I receive a message box that says, “An error has occurred that prevents us from completing your request.” What could the error be?

It could be that we were doing system maintenance during the time you logged-in. We announce these times on our Web site at www.ussfcu.org in advance.

How can I prevent getting locked out of CU AnyHour+?

"Password Self Reset" is available for your convenience!

After you have successfully logged on to CU AnyHour+ for the first time, go to the "options" tab to select your secret question and answer.

Now that you have selected the questions, if you are ever locked out, you can select the "Reset Password" on the second sign-in page and follow the prompts.

I can't seem to log on. What may be the problem?

Common reasons for difficulty logging in include the following.

  • The computer you are using does not have access to the Internet
  • The computer you are using does not have a secure browser with 128-bit encryption
  • You have installed pop-up blocking software, and it has not been configured to allow pop-ups from www.netteller.com/ussfcu
  • You entered the incorrect CU AnyHour+ ID or password while attempting to log-in
  • You answered your challenge questions incorrectly
  • Your "cookies" are disabled

The system could not verify my identity. What’s wrong?

An additional security measure has been added to CU AnyHour+ Online Banking to keep your accounts and information safer. In order for this security feature to work, the system will ask you to select three secret questions and answer them. If you are doing something that you would not normally do, or something that may be considered risky, you will be asked one or more of these questions before the risky transaction is completed. If you answer the questions incorrectly, CU AnyHour+ Online Banking will "block" you out, and give you the following message "We're sorry we were unable to verify your identity. In order to protect your account we have declined your requested action and terminated your online banking session." Only your ability to bank online has been temporarily halted - no other holds or issues have been created with your accounts. You will not be able to log back in to CU AnyHour+ Online Banking until you contact us so we can reset your account. Please call member service during weekday business hours at 202.224.2967 (800.374.2758 outside DC metro area) so we may help you with your account access.

I clicked on the "Login to CU AnyHour+ Online Banking" button on the home page, but nothing happened.

Each time you click on the "Login" button, a new window will open where you will enter your CU AnyHour ID. However, if you have installed special software that blocks pop-up windows, the software may prevent the Online Banking window from appearing. If you are using pop-up-blocker software, you will need to tell your software to allow "www.netteller.com" to launch pop-up windows.

I get a warning that "some items on this page are not secure."

First and foremost, your banking session including your CU AnyHour ID and password are protected by the highest encryption technology available. You can rest assured that your banking transactions are fully secure. You are seeing this message because some of the graphics on the page may not be secure. These graphics have no effect on the security of your banking session. Again, your CU AnyHour ID, password, and all banking transactions are fully encrypted.

How do I know if my browser utilizes 128-bit encryption?

You must have 128-bit encryption to access CU AnyHour+ and Bill Pay. Click on the "Test Browser" button on the online banking login page. This will test your browser and tell you what version it is and what strength encryption it has. If you have less than 128-bit encryption you will be provided a link to download the 128-bit version of your browser for free.

What are system requirements for using CU AnyHour+?

CU AnyHour+ supports Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 and higher, Firefox version 3 and higher, and Safari browser level 5.1.7 (Released 5.10.12) or greater. Effective August 8, 2013, the current and prior major released version of Safari will be supported for Apple/Mac users only when using CU AnyHour+. Safari will no longer be a supported browser for Windows users.

This is a security based change as a result of Apple's decision to not allow Windows users to update beyond the 5.1.7 version of Safari. At this time, Windows Safari users are exposed to at least 121 unpatched items.

Please note that Windows Safari users will not be prevented from using CU AnyHour+. But it is highly recommended that Safari Windows users utilize an alternative browser.

Users on older versions of browsers may experience errors or issues with functionality. The Encryption Level must be at least 128-bit encryption.

I am having trouble accessing CU AnyHour+ with Safari browser. What am I doing wrong?

CU AnyHour+ requires Safari browser level 5.1.7 or greater. Users on older versions may experience errors or issues with functionality. Check the version of Safari that you are running and upgrade if necessary.