Standard Chartered wants to empower you with
some tips you can take to help you protect your computer and your personal
information when you are online.
- Keep your computer operating system
up to date. If your computer is more than five years
old, its operating system (e.g. Windows 98, OS 7, etc.) may not offer
the same level of protection as newer systems. System manufacturers
provide frequent updates to help make your system more secure. Some
manufacturers supply updates automatically through email or via your
Internet connection. You may also check their Web sites, including:
- Use a current Web browser.
To provide our customers with the most secure online access to their
accounts, Standard Chartered continually upgrades our online
services. In certain cases, the software you use to connect to the
Internet (i.e. your Web browser) may eventually become unsuitable
for sensitive transactions such as Online Banking. In order to maintain
a high level of security, Standard Chartered does not allow using
browsers that do not meet our security criteria. You may need to upgrade
to a supported browser.
- Install a personal firewall.
Though most office networks include firewall protection, your home
computer may benefit from this added level of security. Check to see
if your operating system already includes a firewall prior to purchasing
a separate one.
- Install and update anti-virus software.
Commercially available virus protection software helps reduce the
risk of contracting computer viruses that can compromise your security.
These programs offer continuous upgrades in response to the latest
threats. Some of the most popular programs are:
- Activate a pop-up blocker.
Several free, publicly available programs exist that will block all
pop-up windows from occurring while you are online. Perform an Internet
search for “pop-up blocker” or look at the options provided
by major search engines. You should confirm that these programs are
from legitimate companies before downloading. Once you have installed
a pop-up blocker, you should determine if it blocks information that
you need to view or access. If this is the case, you should consider
turning off the blocker when you are on Web sites you know use pop-windows
to provide information you need or want to view.
- Scan your computer for spyware
regularly. You can eliminate potentially risky pop-up
windows by removing any spyware or adware installed on your computer.
Spyware and adware are programs that look in on your Web viewing activity
and potentially relay information to a disreputable source. Perform
an Internet search for “spyware” or “adware”
to find free spyware removal programs. You should confirm that these
programs are from legitimate companies before downloading. As with
a pop-up blocker, you will want to be sure that your removal program
is not blocking, or removing, wanted items, and if it is, consider
turning it off on some Web sites.
- Use secure Web sites for transactions
and shopping. Be sure the Web page you are viewing
offers encryption of your data. Often 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. Standard Chartered, provides 128-bit
encryption – the highest level commercially available today.
- Avoid downloading programs from
unknown sources. Downloads from unfamiliar sources
may contain hidden programs or viruses that can compromise your computer’s
- Disconnect from the Internet when
not in use. Dedicated services such as broadband provide
a constant connection between your computer and the Internet. When
not in use, disconnect from the Internet to avoid unwanted access
to the information on your computer. Even if you have a firewall installed,
this is an additional step you can take to help protect yourself.
steps you can take to help protect yourself from other fraudulent