Online Banking Security Bulletin, September 2013
Phishing, worms and viruses, OH MY! The ghost and goblin season is just around the corner. Are you protecting yourself from the disguises? With a little extra thought and action you can protect your computers from those unwanted creepy intruders. First National Bank has adopted security measures to protect your financial information. However for them to be as effective as possible we need your help.
Passwords. We can't say it enough...security begins with a strong password. A combination of numbers and letters along with a special character is the recommendation, and it's best to change the password on a regular basis. If your browser asks to save the password - CLICK NO! Your password should be protected like the money it's protecting. No person and no browser needs to know it.
Phishing. Notice the funny spelling - that's one thing to watch for in the e-mails you receive. Many fraudulent (also called phishing) e-mails will direct you to a "copy-cat" site that looks similar to your bank's site, but if you look closely you may notice the web address is missing a letter. Once at the site you are instructed to verify personal information. If you are suspicious of an e-mail, it's best to delete it and NEVER give your personal information. A financial institution will not contact you by e-mail to verify your personal information.
Worms and Viruses. They're as bad as they sound. To protect your computer against the malicious software that carries them, keep your computer system updated. It is recommended that you install the latest updates to your operating system and that you use a recent browser version that supports the encryption technology that has become the standard in online banking. Be sure you also employ strong anti-virus and anti-malware programs and keep them updated.
Ugly Apps. Smartphones are commonly used today. When downloading apps check them carefully; make sure you are downloading a legitimate app. Treat your smartphone like the mini-computer that it is and, when necessary, get anti-virus protection for your phone. Keep the ugly apps away.
With everyday vigilance you can say, "BOO!" to the electronic goblins that may be lurking. First National Bank is your partner in banking. Please report to us any suspicious activity related to your online banking. We can be reached at 817-573-2655.
The First National Bank of Granbury / 817 573 2655