Protecting Your Computer

Potential predators look for weak links; we want to help ensure that you and your computer have solid protection. 

From anti-virus software to firewalls, encryption, passwords and software updates, find out more about the precautions you can take to help keep your information safe and secure.

Concerned about the safety of your personal and financial information?

While Capital Bank employs rigorous security and technological safeguards, you can help too. Here's how!

Antivirus, antivirus, antivirus!

Installing an antivirus program and keeping it up to date can help defend your computer against viruses. Antivirus programs scan for viruses trying to get into your email, operating system, or files. New viruses appear daily, so set your antivirus software to install updates automatically.

Do not click on Ads.

Avoid clicking on ads if you can. Especially those ads where something is flying around and if you shoot the duck, you win some prize! Ads have become more sophisticated in that they try to make the ad interactive so that you’ll be tempted to play it like a game.

Don't open email attachments unless you're expecting them.

Many viruses are attached to email messages and will spread as soon as you open the email attachment. It's best not to open any attachment unless it's something you're expecting.

Keep your computer updated.

Software vendors release security updates that can help protect your computer. Make sure your computer is setup to receive the updates automatically.

Use a firewall.‌  

A firewall can help alert you to suspicious activity if a virus or worm attempts to connect to your computer. It can also block viruses, worms, and hackers from attempting to download potentially harmful programs to your computer.

Use your browser's privacy settings.

Being aware of how websites might use your private information is important to help prevent fraud and identity theft. Review your browser settings to ensure your Privacy settings meet your needs.

Use a pop-up blocker with your browser.

Pop-up windows are small browser windows that appear on top of the website you're viewing. Although most are created by advertisers, they can also contain malicious or unsafe code. A pop-up blocker can prevent some or all of these windows from appearing.

Be careful what you attach to your computer.

This is a more common way to transfer viruses than you might think. Everyone now has a USB flash stick they carry around on their key chains, ready to snap into any computer. But who knows what viruses are on your friends computers and what accidentally got transferred to their USB stick. A lot of virus programs will auto launch right when the USB stick is put into the computer, so you don’t even have to open or download any of the files to be infected.

Secure Your Home Wireless Network

Most wireless routers are set to no security when you install them. Be sure to log into the router and at least set the basic security that requires a password. There are stronger encryption options, but if you don’t understand those, then simply set a password on the router and the wireless network, otherwise anyone can connect to your home network and change all the settings.