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Banking Safely Online - top tips from RBS

13th October 2014 | RBS
Banking Safely Online - top tips from RBS

Online risks change almost daily, making it essential to protect your computer against threats such as viruses, malicious software (malware) and Trojans.

It’s important to keep your computer’s operating system and internet browser up to date with the latest security patches. You should also ensure that you have appropriate firewall and anti-virus software in place to help keep your information safe.

Attacks on internet banking are becoming increasingly sophisticated; meaning firewall and anti-virus software alone may not be enough to fully protect you from online fraud. Many banks offer free security software that compliments your existing firewall and anti-virus software – contact your bank to find out more information.

Always keep passwords, PINs, and any other sensitive or financial details secure. This information should not be written down or shared and passwords should be changed regularly. Choose passwords that are easy for you to remember but impossible for others to guess. Avoid using anything that has an obvious connection to you. The most secure passwords are those that contain a mixture of letters, numbers and other characters, such as punctuation marks. When keying sensitive data on any web site, ensure that it is secure – denoted by the prefix ‘https’ and locked padlock or unbroken key symbol. You can check the authenticity of a secure web site by double clicking on the symbol.  Find out more about how to protect yourself online