Safety first for BCU customers

COFFS Coast residents can now bank online more safely, with the launch of new security software by Bananacoast Community Credit Union.

TrustDefender is billed as having an unparalleled level of online security, offering protection from fraud relating to identity theft, one of the fastest-growing types of crime in the world today. BCU is offering TrustDefender free of charge to members, and chief executive officer Ray Battle said more than 1600 customers have already downloaded the software.

“While we have many layers of security, the weak link in the chain is usually the home or business computer,” Mr Battle said. “Often people don't have the basics such as firewalls or anti-virus software, yet with TrustDefender, BCU members now have the additional security of having their banking sessions quarantined while they transact.”

Local business Computer Troubleshooters have welcomed the software, with owner Bonnie Capell claiming the program is needed.

“Many people are scared by internet banking and hear lots of horror stories,” Ms Capell said. “But with the right security software, internet banking can be safe, easy and secure.”

Analysis by TrustDefender has revealed that before installing the software, only 66 per cent of BCU members had secure home computers and 13 per cent had known malicious spyware or viruses running on their computer.

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