A “zero-day” vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is being widely reported in the news. This is not a virus, it is a flaw that attackers could use to take over a computer that has visited a malicious website with an affected browser. It affects Internet Explorer on Windows (not Macs, tablets, or phones).
This vulnerability is not a threat to Fremont Bank or Online Banking. However, to protect yourself further, Fremont Bank has partnered with ThreatMetrixTM
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We also recommend that you take the following actions until Microsoft issues a security update for Internet Explorer to fix this vulnerability.
Make sure you are using a good anti-virus program and have your computers set to automatically update. Reboot the computer when it asks so security updates can be fully installed.
Be careful about what websites you visit. Stay away from anything sketchy. And talk to your kids about the dangers of visiting unknown websites where hackers may plant malicious software that can infect your computer. And do your online banking from a different computer than the one you use to surf the web – one that you know is safe.
Temporarily disable Adobe Flash on Internet Explorer by going to Tools – Manage add-ons, selecting Shockwave Flash Object, and clicking the Disable button at the bottom. This will prevent some Internet functionality, so you’ll probably want to turn it back on after Microsoft fixes the vulnerability.
Microsoft will probably not fix this vulnerability on Windows XP. If you are still running Windows XP, you should upgrade to Windows 7 or 8
as soon as you can. You may also want to consider installing Firefox or Google Chrome
as your Internet browser instead of the built-in Internet Explorer on Windows.