January 12, 2018

Cybersecurity Alert: Protect Yourself from “Spectre” and “Meltdown” Security Flaws

Have you heard the names Spectre and Meltdown circulating in the news? These recently announced computer security flaws have researchers concerned about the safety of sensitive data stored on computer devices. The full impact is currently unknown, but consumers and businesses using desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobile devices, and cloud services are being considered vulnerable to hacker attack.

What does this mean for Fortifi Bank?

The safety and security of clients is Fortifi Bank’s first priority. Even when security threats are not in the headlines, our systems continually run patches and antivirus updates to mitigate the risk of vulnerabilities. We remain proactive in protecting our network, servers, and client information.

What does this mean for me?

It is important for consumers to exercise caution and take steps to protect the data on their devices. Consider the following safeguards:

  • Immediately update your devices and browser software when the updates are made available. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Firefox have already begun releasing fixes. CNN lists some of them here.
  • Keep an eye on trusted media sources for the most up-to-date news.
  • Update your passwords and taking care to use different passwords across your banking, social media, and other accounts. View these tips to help create a strong password.
  • Stop and think before opening an email or clicking on a link or attachment. Even if it looks to be a trustworthy source, it may be malicious. Always verify the source first, especially if there is an urgent call to action.
  • Avoid websites you aren’t familiar with. Don’t click on pop-up windows or download files or plug-ins unless you are confident they are safe.
  • Sign up for online banking for 24/7 access to your accounts. You’ll have the ability to view accounts, make transfers, turn your debit card on and off, and set up account alerts – giving you peace of mind that your finances are safe.

Remember that your financial institution will never call or email you and ask for your personal information. If you feel unsure, hang up or close out of the email and contact us directly.

For more cybersecurity tips, visit FortifiBank.com/News.

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