NGFCU wants to keep you informed about cybersecurity issues that can affect your financial security. Here is some helpful information about a cyber threat called Keylogger.
Keylogger software captures the keystrokes on your computer or mobile device. Stop and think for a minute about the types of information you key into your device - passwords, usernames, credit card numbers, account numbers and the list goes on. Now think of what it would mean if someone captured all of the information. Nothing good happens from there.
Keylogger software can be installed onto your computer or mobile device in several ways. This can happen using your own home or work network or when using a public Wi-Fi. In fact, we strongly recommend not using public Wi-Fi for any reason. Even if you are just surfing the internet as you sip on your coffee, the public Wi-Fi can be infected with keylogger software and installed on your device. In many cases, you will never even know your device has become infected.
Other common access points of infection do require action on your part. Be particularly aware of these:
- As an attachment to an e-mail that you download and open
- As an embedded link in an e-mail that you open
- As webpage script on a malicious website that you click
Here are a few steps to help protect yourself against key logger infections:
- Install real-time, always-on anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Many software updates are for security patches and enhancements. Don't just click "Remind me tomorrow."
- Use an internet firewall. Firewalls are designed to monitor computer activity, so it can prevent unauthorized people from gaining access to your computer while you are on the internet.
- Keep your operating system up-to-date. Just like the anti-virus software updates, many system updates are for security enhancements. The older your operating system, the more vulnerable it is.
- Do not open any email attachments or embedded link unless you recognize the sender and are expecting an attachment from them. If you don't recognize the sender, delete the e-mail immediately. The same is true for embedded links in an e-mail.
- Use a password manager. Keyloggers cannot capture what isn't typed.
As always, if you suspect that your financial information has been compromised, let NGFCU know immediately at 800.633.2848.