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Browser and PC protection

What browser do you use?

  • A browser is a type of software that enables you to surf the web. There are many kinds of browsers and the RMB Private Bank website is designed to be accessible via all main web browsers and browsing devices.
  • We recommend that you use the latest version of your preferred browser. The most up-to-date version of your preferred browser is normally available as a free download from the relevant browser manufacturer's website.
  • The latest versions of browsers are more secure than older versions, which is particularly important when doing your banking via the Internet.
  • Most Windows-based PCs are preinstalled with Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), therefore it is the most commonly used browser. Because of this, IE is the browser most attacked by viruses and spyware.
  • If you use IE it is particularly important to run a virus scanner regularly and keep it updated with the latest security patches from Microsoft.
  • Other good browsers for Windows PCs, such as Opera and Mozilla Firefox, are available free of charge.

Is your browser as safe as you think?

  • Browsers can remember or cache information, that being a page or an image from a website.
  • This makes Internet surfing quicker because when you return to a web page, the browser can present a stored page without having to request the page from the server again.
  • For security, all RMB Private Bank Online Banking pages are delivered with instructions to the browser not to cache (remember) the information.
  • While most browsers obey these instructions, Internet Explorer (IE) ignores them and under certain circumstances you may view a cached page of information.

Install and maintain anti-virus software

  • A virus is a malicious program that can destroy data on your computer and slow your computer's performance.
  • Viruses are often received via email and to protect your PC, you should install anti-virus software and run regular scans and remember'
  • Make it a habit to never open email attachments from unknown sources.
  • Make it a habit to never open email attachments from unknown sources.

Don't just download and run programs and share files

  • File-sharing occurs when you download software that connects your PC to an informal network of other computers running the same software.
  • By doing this, you can share information (music, games and software) with millions of users.
  • Sounds tempting, but you should be aware of the risks. By downloading this software, you could unwittingly allow access not just to the files that you intend sharing, but also to confidential information on your hard drive.
  • You could also unintentionally download material protected by copyright, or pornography labelled as something innocent.
  • For full protection from screen grabbers, information-stealing Trojans, and other threats, make sure the browser window is in the foreground and the padlock is displayed in the tray icon. If the Identity Shield encounters a website that may be a threat, it opens an alert. You can decide whether you want to stay secure (click Block) or continue despite the warning (click Allow).

Firewalls protect your PC

  • In simple terms a firewall monitors for outside attempts to access your system and blocks communication from specified sources.
  • Some operating systems (like Windows) come with a built-in firewall.

Protect yourself from Spyware

  • Spyware is a type of computer program that is installed on your PC without your knowledge or consent. This is done either by tricking you into installing the spyware or by someone who has access to your computer.
  • Spyware is designed to steal personal information such as your banking login details (your username and password). The spyware then sends this information onto the criminal. Spyware can steal more than your banking information and can be used to steal your email, instant messaging and monitor websites that you visit.
  • Spyware is designed to evade detection. This means that your anti-virus will not necessarily detect it. In addition some products only detect underground spyware and not commercial spyware.
  • To keep yourself safe, do not run applications sent to you in an email.
  • Do not respond to tweets or messages on other social networking sites from people you don't know, especially those enticing you to download software.
  • In addition run an anti-spyware program to detect and protect you from spyware.
  • Keep up to date with the current scams going around that try to get you to install spyware.
  • Make sure you understand the protection options offered to you by RMB Private Bank and use them to maximize the protection on your account.