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UK Online Banking Customers Should Tighten Approach To Internet Security

ESET : 12 August, 2010  (Technical Article)
ESET is appealing to the users of online banking services in the UK to be more vigilant about security after it was revealed that around 3000 bank customers have become the latest victims of Zeus
3,000 online banking customers have become the latest victim of a Zeus Trojan attack with reports that between £600,000 and £1million have been stolen.

This high profile cyber attack needs to be a wake-up call to UK internet users who must take more responsibility for their own internet security and safety, says Mark James UK technical manager ESET, a leading anti virus provider.

"Too many internet users are apathetic or naïve when it comes to maintaining a high level of security on PC's and internet connected devices. They are either unaware of how to maintain security or too reliant on the applications they use or sites they visit, to protect them. For example, application and software providers such as Microsoft and Adobe provide regular patches and updates to ensure vulnerabilities in their products are minimised but if users don't install these updates when they become available, then they will remain exposed.

"It should be best practice for all internet users to check their toolbar every time they log-in and install all updates - but many users don't do this. For too long there has been a stigma that users avoid installing updates for fear that it will effect the smooth running of their PC - this attitude needs to change.

"Installing a comprehensive anti virus solution is also essential. A significant number of internet users either have no AV protection or they rely on freeware solutions. In both scenarios this is dangerous. No protection leaves devices wide open to attack and freeware tools only provide a basic level of protection and usually come with no customer support.

Mark concludes, "No-one expects home users to become security experts but they should make some effort to stay aware of current trends in malware and other attacks. Ultimately, protecting a PC is the user's responsibility and no-one else's. There are four things which every internet user should make part of their daily online life:

1 Ensure that updates to their operating system are up to date
2 Check that patches for regularly used applications are installed as soon as they become available
3 Install AV software that gives comprehensive cover and make sure that the licence is up to date
4 Remember that even if you believe you have full protection, remain vigilant and don't click on suspect links or sites. Social engineering attacks are sophisticated and designed to bypass technical defences
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