In light of the recent Internet “heartbleed bug,” an online security vulnerability that reportedly attacks a computer server’s memory, Old National Bank officials share these online security tips. More advice can be found at oldnational.com in its Security Center.
• Use a personal firewall. To guard against unauthorized access, make sure you have a personal firewall installed on your computer and that it is turned on at all times. Many Internet service providers offer a personal firewall feature.
• Set automatic updates. Make sure your computer operating system (Windows, for example) and your Web browser (such as Internet Explorer) remain secure against the latest threats. Turn on automatic updates for both. Doing so provides security updates and patches that protect against the latest criminal attempts to attack a computer.
• Install software that detects and blocks malware. Malware is malicious software that is installed on your computer without your knowledge. It includes viruses, spyware and adware that can infect your computer, for example to capture login passwords or other personal data.
• Be cautious about downloading software from the Internet. Only install applications and software from well-known companies you trust. Software downloaded from the Internet, such as free games, may carry and install malware.
• Use a blocker for pop-up windows. Typically, a pop-up blocker is available as a browser feature. Don’t click on any links within pop-ups, as this may install malware on your computer.
• Use a trusted computer. When conducting online banking and other financial transactions, it is best to use a trusted computer, preferably your own. It is a good idea to clear your computer browser’s cookies and cached files, as they can store information about your online banking session. Refer to your particular browser’s “Help” feature for directions on clearing cookies and cached files. Close the browser window when you are done.