Many of us enjoy the convenience of online banking. I know that I do. But for Windows users, there may be a hidden threat. A Trojan horse virus known as Clampi is making the rounds. Here is what the Times Online reports about the Clampi virus:
The Clampi virus, which is spreading rapidly across hundreds of thousands of computers in Britain and the United States, infects computers when users visit websites that host a malicious code.
Once on the computer, the virus sits unnoticed until the user logs on to bank, credit card or other financial websites. It then captures log-in and password information and sends it to a server run by the attackers. They can then tell the compromised computer to send money to accounts that they control, or they can buy goods with the stolen credit card details.
You can see how this might become a serious problem. The problem with these types of Trojan horse viruses is that you may not realize that you are visiting a Web site with malicious code that infects your computer. However, there are some things you can do to help protect yourself:
- Do not click on suspicious links within emails, IMs or off social media sites. Indeed, you are better off not clicking on these links at all, and instead opening a new browser window and going to directly to the Web site’s homepage.
- Always use a credit card online, for the fraud protection, rather than a debit card that could give hackers access to your checking account.
- Avoid doing business with ecommerce sites that you are not personally acquainted with.
- Get browser protection that can help you detect sites with malicious code.
- Secure your wi-fi connection so that it is difficult for hackers to infiltrate.
- Look for secure sites before entering sensitive information. Clear your cache and close your browser window when you are done.
There is no way to completely protect yourself, but it is possible to reduce the chances that you will fall victim to Clampi virus and other threats.