Sunday, January 2, 2011

Kudos to my bank

Brian Krebs has detailed many many occurrences of small business losing money to bank fraud; typically due to accounts being hacked from a trojan or other malware.  If you read through the articles, you'll find many mitigations to help ensure you do not lose money.

So, I was a little surprised when I received a flyer tucked into my bank account.  It contained the following bullet points:
  • Maintain current anti-virus software, firewalls and malware removal tools on computers that access the internet.
  • Update and "patch" your software regularly to make certain you are protected from the latest threats.
  • Use unique, difficult passwords that contain a mix of letters and numbers with upper and lower-case letters.
  • Never open suspicious emails or click on links within emails from unknown senders.
  • Watch the URL in browser's address bar as you go to websites.  Criminals can redirect you to a counterfeit website that looks like the real thing.
  • Frequently reconcile your bank accounts in order to detect suspicious account activity.
  • Consider dedicating a computer specifically for online banking; one that is never used for email or web browsing.

That's a pretty good list.  I'm sure you could add to it.  I wonder if they've read Brian's site?

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