Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed by cyber criminals to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain unauthorized access to computer systems. It is a general term used to describe any kind of software or code specifically designed to exploit a computer, or the data it contains, without consent.
Examples of malware include computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other malicious programs. Malware works to remain unnoticed, either by actively hiding or by simply not making its presence on a system known to the user.
The Bank offers the following Security Procedures related to avoiding malware risk:
- Keep versions of operating systems, security software, and applications up-to-date and patched.
- Only open e-mail or Instant Message attachments that are expected and come from a trusted source
- Scan all e-mail attachments with security programs prior to opening
- Scan all files with security programs prior to transferring to your device or opening
- Delete all unwanted messages without opening
- Do not click on web links sent by an unknown party
- If a person on your ‘Friends List’ is sending strange messages, files, or web site links, call them to determine if the message is legitimate.
Always encrypt emails that contain sensitive information.