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As Cybercriminals Follow the Money, Online Banking Safety More Crucial Than Ever

F-Secure’s new Banking Protection offers an extra layer of security – and confidence – for online banking transactions

As cybercriminals continue to develop more and more sophisticated financial malware, F-Secure is using its security expertise to protect consumers’ bank accounts. Banking Protection, a new feature of F-Secure’s Internet Security 2013 and an add-on to operator-provided Safe Anywhere PC, is especially designed to protect consumers’ online banking sessions from malicious attacks.

“The world of cybercrime is a well-orchestrated industry,” says Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure. “Criminals without technical know-how can easily purchase malware toolkits designed to steal money from online bank accounts. It’s easier than ever. It’s malware-as-a-service.”

74% of consumers already do online banking,* and cybercriminals are following the money. They are authoring ever more sophisticated, difficult-to-detect malware called Trojans and aiming them at consumers’ browsers. After infecting a computer, a Trojan waits until the customer starts an online banking session, then captures login credentials and personal information and steals money, diverting transactions to criminals.

Keeping your money safe, simply and conveniently

F-Secure’s Banking Protection protects online banking sessions against Trojans by adding an extra layer of security on top of Internet Security 2013’s antivirus, blocking any connections that could potentially compromise the security of a session. It works unobtrusively without interrupting the banking session, while still allowing access to sites that are verified safe by F-Secure.

Unlike other banking security offerings, with Banking Protection, there is no special software to install, no extra apps or browsers. It works in the most common browsers, so consumers can continue to enjoy the convenience of using their favorite.

“The Banking Protection feature provides the simplest banking security on the market,” says Sami Visti, Product Manager at F-Secure. “Users can just continue to bank the way they always do, but they’re fully protected from possible Trojan attacks.”

Available now – no matter your browser, no matter your bank

Banking Protection is available now as a feature of F-Secure’s complete security solution, F-Secure Internet Security 2013, at www.f-secure.com/banking-protection. All existing users of F-Secure Internet Security 2013 will receive Banking Protection as an automatic update in the first quarter of 2013, and those who do not want to wait can download the update now from www.f-secure.com/download .

Banking Protection is also available through participating operator partners as an add-on service to F-Secure’s Safe Anywhere PC. Like all F-Secure’s operator solutions, Banking Protection can be offered under an operator’s own branding. Operators can find more information about how to keep their customers safe at www.f-secure.com/banking.

F-Secure – Protecting the irreplaceable

While you concentrate on what is important to you, we make sure you are protected and safe online whether you are using a computer or a smartphone. We also backup and enable you to share your important files. Our services are available through over 200 operators around the world and trusted in millions of homes and businesses. Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.

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*Source: SurveyGizmo – Earth. Online survey between 16 September – 4 October. Total of 540 respondents around the globe.

 

For more information, please contact

Anna Vuori-Karvia, Media Contact
Tel. +358 (0)40 159 9636
E-mail: anna.vuori-karvia@f-secure.com