Internet Security Tips

Don’t get Spoofed!

Web spoofing allows an attacker to create a “shadow copy” of any legitimate website. Access to the shadow web is funneled through the attacker’s machine, allowing the attacker to monitor all of the victim’s activities, including any passwords or account numbers the victim enters. The attacker can also cause false or misleading data to be sent to web servers in the victim’s name, or to the victim in the name of any web server. In spoofing, an attacker gains unauthorized access to a computer or a network by making it appear that a malicious message has come from a trusted machine by “spoofing” the address of that machine. Phishing and Spoofing often go hand-in-hand in Internet fraud.

Here are some helpful steps you can take to keep your confidential information and your computer safe while on the Internet.

1. Don’t click on links in e-mail messages. They could contain viruses. Instead, type the address into your browser. This is a much safer way to locate the content.

2. Never share personal or confidential information via e-mail.

3. If you are not expecting an attachment, don’t open it, even if it comes from a trusted source.

4. If you use Microsoft Outlook to read e-mail, turn off the Preview pane. The Preview pane actually opens the e-mail automatically and any malicious codes could be released.

5. When you are finished using a Secure Site, such as Internet Banking, LOG OFF and close your browser!

6. If your browser asks if you would like it to save your password, choose no. Then, disable that feature from your browser.

7. Always update anti-virus and anti-spyware software, firewall software, operating system patches and updates.

8. Do not use a public computer for confidential transactions, such as Internet Banking.