two-factor authentication in place? There is a reason why both SWIFT and the robbed bank are complaining about weak password policies. Use two-factor authorization whenever possible, whether it is with Avira Online Essentials, LinkedIn, or your bank.
Stay updated – The debate is raging over the security of some of the software used in the SWIFT system. What about the software on your device? Are you fully updated and patched against the latest exploit kit attacks?
Have a firewall in place – A firewall – either the software or hardware variant – restricts communication from your device to the wider internet via specific ports. The Bangladesh bank reportedly had no firewall in place. Windows now comes with a firewall included and there are free options out there on the market. Get one of them.
Be suspicious – If something looks odd in an online account or email – be suspicious and careful. Don’t click. A theft of just under one billion dollars was stopped solely because someone was suspicious about a grammatical error in the transfer request.
Share insights – Avira is already doing this for you internally by analyzing malware in its Avira Protection Cloud and externally with the larger security community through its active participation in VirusTotal.
As a PR Consultant and journalist, Frink has covered IT security issues for a number of security software firms, as well as provided reviews and insight on the beer and automotive industries (but usually not at the same time). Otherwise, he’s known for making a great bowl of popcorn and extraordinary messes in a kitchen.