Help Protect Yourself From Cyber Threats

As you may have learned over the weekend from national news coverage, a cyberattack using the ransomware known as WannaCry (or WannaCrypt) has impacted organizations and individuals on a worldwide scale. According to the latest reports, the attack was discovered on Friday, May 12 and quickly spread to at least 150 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France and Japan.

At Capital Bank, protecting your information is one of our top priorities. We wanted to share a few steps you can take to help protect yourself and your family from cyber threats.

Protect your computer and accounts: Update your system software.

Boost your computer’s security against phishing threats.

Microsoft released a patch in March, 2017 that corrects the WannaCry vulnerability. Making sure this patch is installed on your computer will help secure your systems from the threat.

For additional information, as well as helpful diagnostic tools, visit the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) on the Microsoft website.

Back up your data

Even if your computer is functioning normally, this is an excellent opportunity to back up your data to prevent possible loss. Do not backup files to your computer. Use an appropriate storage device or cloud service which is capable of storing all the data you need to back up.

Don't become a phishing victim - Think before you click.

One way to hook a fish is to use a lure so realistic the fish thinks it’s food. Phishing on the web works the same way. Thieves send an email, instant, or text message, or a note through a social network (such as Facebook) or an online game. The message poses as a notice from a reputable organization (like your bank or a favorite online site) or it could possibly be a friend whose email account has been hijacked using a similar phishing email.

By taking these simple steps, you can reduce the threat of losing your important files, pictures, and videos. If you have questions about something you've received from Capital Bank, or you want to verify its authenticity, please contact us at 800.639.5111