Remove administrator rights on users' workstations to help prevent the inadvertent installation of malware or viruses.
Install anti-virus and desktop firewall software on all computer systems. Ensure virus protection and security software are updated regularly. Anti-virus is only secure if it has the most recent signatures and updates.
Consider a dedicated, actively managed hardware firewall, especially if you have a broadband or dedicated connection to the Internet, such as DSL or cable.
Ensure computers are patched regularly with security patches, especially the operating system and key applications.
If you outsource IT work, make sure you choose a reputable company and or qualified technical professional to manage your computer systems and network. The security of all of your company's data and information is dependent on the capabilities of the IT staff who maintains it.
Use a unique password for each website that you access. Using the same password for online banking that you use for other online accounts may put your account at risk if someone is able to capture that password.
Verify use of a secure session (https, not http) in the browser for all online banking or when submitting or dealing with sensitive information online.
Avoid using an automatic login feature that saves usernames and passwords for online banking.
After using online banking, be sure to log out of the session and close out the internet browser. Never leave a computer unattended while accessing online accounts.
Watch out for sudden pop-up windows asking for personal information or warning of a virus, or a warning of virus protection that has expired. This is called “scareware” because it frightens people into providing information, downloading malicious software, or paying for removal.