Computer Security Tips
Peoples Bank wants to empower you with tips that can be taken to help protect your computer and your personal information when you are online.
Keep your Computer Operating System up to Date
System manufacturers provide frequent updates to help make your system more secure. Some manufacturers supply updates automatically through email or through your Internet.
Check for updates regularly.
Use a Current Web browser
To provide our customers with the most secure online access to their accounts, Peoples Bank continually upgrades our online services. Certain web browsers may eventually become unsuitable for sensitive transactions such as Online Banking. In order to maintain a high level of security, Peoples Bank does not allow access to Online Banking using browsers that do not meet our security criteria. You may need to upgrade to a supported browser.
Install a Personal Firewall
Firewalls offer an additional layer of security that will benefit your computer. They work by filtering out unauthorized or potentially dangerous types of data from the Internet, while still allowing other data to reach your computer. Firewalls also ensure that unauthorized persons can't gain access to your computer while you are connected to the Internet. Check to see if your operating system already includes a firewall prior to purchasing a separate one.
Perform Anti-Virus and Spyware Scans Regularly
Spyware is malicious software (malware) that is downloaded onto your computer (often without your knowledge). It can be used by third parties and criminals to monitor your Internet activities which could compromise the security of your personal information. Commercially available virus, spyware, and adware protection software helps reduce the risk of contracting computer viruses or other malicious software that can compromise your security. These programs offer continuous upgrades in response to the latest threats.
Avoid Downloading Programs from Unknown Sources
Downloads from unfamiliar sources may contain hidden programs, viruses, or other malicious software that can compromise your computer’s security.
Use Secure Websites for Transactions and Shopping
Be sure the Web page you are viewing offers encryption of your data. You will see a lock symbol in the lower right-hand corner of your browser window, or the Web address of the page you are viewing will begin with “https://...”. The “s” indicates “secured” and means the Web page uses encryption. Peoples Bank, for instance, provides 128-bit encryption.
Disconnect from the Internet When Not in Use
Dedicated services such as DSL or high-speed cable provide a constant connection between your computer and the Internet. When not in use, disconnect from the Internet to help prevent against unwanted access to the information on your computer. Even if you have a firewall installed, this is an additional layer of security to help protect your computer.