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  • Protecting Your Business

  • Corporate Account Takeover is the business equivalent of personal identity theft. Hackers, backed by professional criminal organizations, are targeting small and medium businesses to obtain access to their Web banking credentials or remote control of their computers. These hackers will then drain the deposit and credit lines of the compromised bank accounts, funneling the funds through mules that quickly redirect the monies overseas into hackers’ accounts.

    As a business owner, you need an understanding of how to take proactive steps and avoid, or at least minimize, most threats.

    • Apply operating system and application updates (patches) regularly.
    • Ensure that anti-virus/spyware software is installed, functional and is successfully updated with the most current definitions from the software provider.
    • Have host-based firewall software installed on computers.
    • Use latest versions of Internet browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome with “pop-up” blockers and keep patches up to date.
    • Turn off your computer when not in use. At a minimum, exit any active sessions by logging off of your workstation and any websites before walking away from your computer.
    • Be cautious about installing any remote access software on your PCs. If this is necessary, be sure to follow the software providers’ installation guidelines to ensure access is restricted to authorized personnel and that the traffic is secure and properly encrypted.
    • Do not "batch approve" transactions; be sure to review and approve each one individually.
    • Review your banking transactions and your credit report regularly.
    • Contact your Information Technology provider to determine the best way to safeguard the security of your computers and networks.

    Call us immediately at 1-800-421-0004 if you believe that your First Niagara account has been compromised.


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