South West Threat Activity: Prevention

You can take a number of steps to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of the current malware threats:

  • Do not open attachments without double checking who the email is from.
  • Have anti-virus installed and up-to-date
  • Keep operating system up=to-date and patched
  • Be aware of current malicious attacks by reading the news.
  • Ensure software is up-to-date for example internet browsers, Java and Adobe
  • Restrict the type of websites staff/ you can access.
  • Prevent employees from using their own devices at work e.g. USB devices
  • Remove any banking Smart Card from the reader when you are not conducting a transaction, logging on or making amendments as a systems administrator
  • Click log out to log off from online banking when finished with banking tasks.
  • Look out for unusual prompts at login.
  • Change passwords often.
  • Ideally businesses should utilise a stand-alone machine for all online banking kept separate from their email platform.
  • If you suspect infection of any kind, immediately change your online banking account passwords using a different uninfected system and then contact your bank to let them know.