Just the tips [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]
(Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Here are some ideas on how to increase information security:
* Have a standalone, dedicated computer used only for Internet banking, said Doug Stillings, senior vice president at Dubuque Bank and Trust.
"I would say the main vulnerability is an Internet transaction with a financial institution."
When there is attempted fraud connected to a bank, attackers are able to penetrate the customer's computer system, not the bank's, he said. Clicking on something as simple as a news story can be the route in, so if a computer is used only for banking, the threat is neutralized.
* "We remind our customers of best practices," Stillings said, including proper disposal of documents. Customers can bring up to two bags full of documents for shredding to any DB&T branch any weekday year-round. And the bank hosts a free shred day May 3 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the DB&T main office parking lot.
Shredding is a tangible way to protect information.
"We want to give our customers the tools to protect themselves. Data protection is a cooperative effort."
* Any business that accepts credit cards should make sure it's using machines compliant with standards set by VISA and MasterCard, Stillings said.
* Make sure your WiFi is password protected, said Joel Althoff, president of Infrastructure Technology Solutions in Monticello, Iowa. Use a password that won't be found in the dictionary and that isn't someone's name. Use upper and lower case letters, and numerals and symbols, and make it at least seven characters.
* Ron Markus, computer systems manager for Klauer Manufacturing Co., advises other businesses to "get behind a good firewall, keep your AV products current, keep your windows patches current, and train your people to be careful on the Internet and when opening email messages."
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