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FFIEC Business Account Guidance (PDF brochure)

Risk Assessment & Layered Security for Online Business Transacations
New financial standards will assist banks and business account holders to make online banking safer and more secure from account hijacking and unauthorized funds transfers.

 

FFEIC Consumer Guidance (PDF brochure)

Important Facts About Your Account Authentication & Online Banking
Multi-factor authentication and layered security are helping assure safe Internet transactions for banks and their customers.

 

Fighting Spyware (visit the Microsoft website)

Spyware is software that collects personal information without your knowledge or permission. You might be the target of spyware or other unwanted software if you download music from file-sharing programs, free games from sites you don't trust, or other software from an unknown source. Learn more about the symptoms of spyware and other unwanted software and how you can help to protect your computer.

 

Lavasoft's Adware (visit the the Lavasoft website)

With its ability to scan your RAM, Registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-aware can easily rid your system of these tracking components, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web.

 

Spybot Search and Destroy (visit the the Safer Networking website)

Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. For advanced users, it allows you to fix Registry inconsistencies related to adware or malicious program installations. While not as "user-friendly" as Lavasoft's AdAware (see above), this program appears to be more thorough.

 

FTC Names Its Dirty Dozen (download the PDF)

Email boxes are filling up with more offers for business opportunities than any other kind of unsolicited commercial email.  That's a problem, according to the Federal Trade Commision (FTC), because many of these offers are scams.  The FTC has identified the 12 scams that are most likely to arrive in consumers' email boxes.

 

Privacy: What You Do Know Can Protect You (download the PDF)

Our economy generates an enormous amount of data. Most users of that information are from honest businessesógetting and giving legitimate information. Despite the benefits of the information age, some consumers may want to limit the amount of personal information they share. And they can: More organizations are offering people choices about how their personal information is used. For example, many feature an ďopt-outĒ choice that limits the information shared with others or used for promotional purposes. When you ďopt-out,Ē you may cut down on the number of unsolicited telemarketing calls, promotional mail and spam emails that you receive. Learn more about the options you have for protecting your personal information by contacting the following organizations.

 

Consumer Safety Tips for Online Banking (download the PDF)

Fair Isaacís CardAlert Fraud Manager Team recently reported on the presence of POP-UP window scams (see Issue 04.05) that were designed by computer hackers to steal the personal information of consumers who perform banking and various other commerce related activities online. The positive feedback received from Issue 04.05 prompted the creation of the following list of online banking safety tips for consumers.  Many of these online safety tips have been created based upon our experience with the abundance of counterfeit debit card cases that are originating from internet related attacks all over the United States.

 

Email Address Harvesting (download the PDF)

Is your in-box clogged with junk email messages from people you dont know? Are you overwhelmed by unsolicited email offering products or services you dont want? It's no wonder. According to research by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several law enforcement partners, its harvest time for spammers. But, the consumer protection agency says, the good news for computer users is that they can minimize the amount of spam they receive.  View some simple suggestions from the FTC

 

How Not To Get Hooked By A 'Phishing' Scam (download the PDF)

Internet scammers casting about for peoples financial information have a new way to lure unsuspecting victims: They go "phishing". Phishing, also called "carding", is a high-tech scam that uses spam to deceive consumers into disclosing their credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security numbers, passwords, and other sensitive information.  See the FTC Consumer Alert:  Is Someone "Phishing" for Your Information?

 

How Stop Pop Up Spam (download the PDF)

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nationís consumer protection agency, you can block unwanted pop up messages and better protect your computer from hackers. Itís as simple as turning off the Microsoft Windows feature that allows pop up messages, or installing and running a firewall.

 

Identity Theft Prevention (download the PDF)

Identity theft occurs when a person unlawfully obtains and uses the identity of another person to commit a fraud, theft or deception. By wrongfully acquiring anotherís personal data such as social security number, motherís maiden name, bank account number or credit card number, identity thieves can perform many acts, most commonly opening bank or credit card accounts in the victimís name. Identity thieves are both creative and bold . . . they have even secured auto loans in the victimís nameIdentity theft occurs when a person unlawfully obtains and uses the identity of another person to commit a fraud, theft or deception. By wrongfully acquiring anotherís personal data such as social security number, motherís maiden name, bank account number or credit card number, identity thieves can perform many acts, most commonly opening bank or credit card accounts in the victimís name. Identity thieves are both creative and bold . . . they have even secured auto loans in the victimís name.

 

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