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IT Security Tips

1.   Enable personal firewalls

Secure your Internet connection and computer with a personal firewall. It ensures the right data goes to the right places, and keeps unwanted connections from accessing your data. Both Windows and Mac operating systems offer built-in firewall functionality.

2.  Turn on screensavers/password protection

Lock your machine when you're away from your computer, or configure a password-protected screensaver to be activated after a preset period of inactivity (eg.15 minutes or lesser). This will help to ensure that both your machine and connection remain secure when you're distracted or busy with something else.

3.  Please update and protect your devices

Please ensure your home PCs/ Notebooks are installed with an updated Antivirus Software and the latest Microsoft Security patches to remain protected from viruses/ malware. 

Ensure all your computers, mobile phones, PDAs, portable devices, operating systems and Internet browsers - especially those used for online banking - are regularly updated with the latest software. 

4.  Do use strong passwords.

Avoid using words or numbers that other people can easily guess. Publicly available personal information such as your car number plate or full name should never be used as a password. Password should be of at least eight characters in length and should consist of alphabets, numbers and special characters. Where possible, change your password at least once every 90 days.

5.  How to identify & protect against phishing attacks

Phishing attacks occur when criminals pose as trusted organisations and send out thousands of fraudulent emails to random email addresses. These emails look authentic, featuring corporate logos and layouts of real organisations. 

The purpose of the email is to fool users into clicking a link that will take them to a look-alike website of the organisation. At a glance, the look-alike websites are almost identical to legitimate sites hosted by organisations. As a result, unsuspecting victims would readily key in personal information that should otherwise be kept secret.

Always remember to log out and clear your computer's cache after each online transaction session.