Cybersecurity, Current Events, And Protecting Customer Assets And Information

March 15, 2022

At InterBank, we understand the importance of cybersecurity to protect our valued customers’ assets and private information. As the threat of cyberattacks continues to evolve, InterBank continues to invest heavily in the tools, software, security, and education needed to protect our customers from malicious activities. We continue to closely monitor emerging situations abroad and remain committed to keeping our customers protected from a range of cybersecurity threats. As always, protecting our customers’ assets, identities, and data remains a top priority.

We encourage our customers to educate themselves on the various dangers of sharing private information online to avoid identify theft, fraud, or other criminal activities. There are several ways you can help directly contribute to the efforts of mitigating cybersecurity risks. Here is some helpful information about how to navigate online safely during this uncertain time.

Best Practices to protect yourself from fraud:

  • Do not send confidential information of any kind by email unless it is encrypted.
  • Change your passwords often. Even if the website doesn’t require it, it is a good practice to change your passwords at least every six months.
  • Use a password manager tool to securely store your login credentials.
  • Never disclose your login credentials to other people or companies.
  • Do not store your ID and Password information where others could gain access to it. It is best not to write the information down at all.
  • Do not use public computers and open wireless networks for sensitive online transactions. Wi-Fi spots in airports, hotels, coffee shops, and other public places can be convenient but they’re often not secure and can leave you at risk. If you’re accessing the Internet through an unsecured network, you should be aware that malicious individuals might be able to eavesdrop on your connection. This could allow them to steal your login credentials, financial information, or other sensitive information.
  • Any public Wi-Fi should be considered unsecure.

What are some top threats?

  • Phishing Attacks – When internet fraudsters impersonate a business, co-worker, or other trusted individual to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing.
  • Using Weak Passwords – The longer the password, the tougher it is to crack. Use at least 10 characters; 12 is ideal for most home users. Mix letters, numbers, and special characters. Try to be unpredictable.
  • Unsecured PCs, Servers, and Networks – You can find free security software from well-known companies. Anti-Virus, Web Browser, and Operating system updates are released on a weekly or even daily basis, so set your operating system and web browser to update automatically to never miss these critical updates.
  • Malware and Viruses – Malware includes viruses, spyware, and other unwanted software that gets installed on your computer or mobile device without your consent. These programs can cause your device to crash, and can be used to monitor and control your online activity, or log keystrokes to capture anything you have typed, such as usernames, passwords, Social Security Numbers, etc.