You may have heard recent news describing two separate, but similar, computer security vulnerabilities nicknamed Spectre and Meltdown. These vulnerabilities affect nearly all modern desktops, laptops and mobile devices and could allow a malicious attacker to read sensitive data such as passwords, account numbers, etc. from an affected device.
While these vulnerabilities lie within the central processing unit or CPU of these devices, operating system vendors such as Microsoft and Apple as well as web browser vendors Google and Firefox have released updates to their software to help mitigate the effects of the vulnerabilities.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself. Here is a list of tips to help protect against a wide range of security vulnerabilities:
Protect Your Device
Protect Your Access
- Keep your device operating systems, web browsers, software and apps up to date. As CPU manufacturers and software providers continue to roll out updates, be sure to install them.
- Do not install or run any app or program on your device unless it is from a trusted source.
- Set up a password and lock your device when not in use.
- Set automatic updates.
- Use a trusted computer.
- Install anti-virus software that detects and blocks malware.
- Avoid unsecured wireless networks.
- Don’t use the same IDs or passwords for multiple systems.
- Use a personal firewall.
As your financial partner, we are passionately committed to protecting the security and privacy of your accounts and personal information. We want to assure you that Old National has taken the appropriate steps to protect our systems from these vulnerabilities.
You and your family can reduce your risk of fraud and identity theft by creating strong passwords and changing them frequently, and knowing how to spot phishing emails and other common scams.
More ways to secure your personal information
Our online security center provides additional actions you can take to protect yourself from financial fraud.
Todd is Executive Vice President and Chief Information & Strategic Innovation Officer at Old National. He has more than 25 years of experience in financial services. Todd’s previous role at Old National was Region CEO of the Michigan Super Region.
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