Security and Tips

Internet Banking security begins at home. In order to operate in a safe online environment, you must get to know how you can protect your personal computer at home. Here are a few tips that can help you achieve that:


Keep Your Operating System Up-to-Date

Ensuring your operating system is up to date will help protect you against security threats such as malware. You can set up your computer to receive updates automatically via the internet. You can find out how to do this through your operating system provider, for example Microsoft if you are using Windows or Apple if you are using Mac.

Keep Your Web Browser Up-to-Date

Ensuring your web browser is up to date will help protect you against security threats such as malware. You can check for the latest browser version from your browser providers' website, for example Microsoft if you are using Internet Explorer or Mozilla in the case of Firefox.

Use Anti-Virus Software

Running  an anti-virus software and keeping it up-to-date helps stop viruses, Trojans and many other dangerous 'bugs' from infecting your computer. Refer to FAQs and Security Guidelines for more information.

Keep Your Software Up-to-Date

Ensuring that all of the software you have installed on your personal computer, for example Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat, is up to date will help protect you against security threats such as malware.

Use a Firewall

If configured correctly, it prevents potential intruders from accessing your computer.  Many anti-virus vendors include a firewall as part of their security products.

Prevent Spyware

Spyware is a rather nasty form of online snooping. You can help prevent spyware from getting onto your personnel computer by using an up-to-date anti-spyware software and surfing on the internet with caution.

Be Aware of Phishing and Email Scams

You may receive emails asking for personal information. Do not click on links or provide information related to your online banking.

Secure Your Wireless Connection

Without a secure wireless network, anyone can use your connection. Securing your wireless connection by simply setting up a password can prevent this from happening.  Instructions on how to do this can be obtained from the device seller. 

Mobile Devices

If you are using a mobile device to access the internet make sure you are also using anti-virus software appropriate for the device.


Further information can be obtained from FAQs and Security Guidelines




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