RENO, NEV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--Millions of online purchases will be made on Cyber Monday, but a local expert recommends thinking twice before accessing your online banking.
Ira Victor, Director of Digital Forensics Practice at Data Clone Labs says just recently, cyber criminals have been able to essentially hijack your computer and be in control after you log into your online banking account.
"Most people will think, what's the risk? I'm not the Federal Government, I'm not a big target, why would they want to go after me? The cyber criminals laugh all the way to the bank stealing your money," says Victor.
Victor also says the cyber criminals can essentially drain your savings account without you even knowing it, or alerting the bank. He says the hackers are able to access your network, so it's really not a red flag to a bank. He says they can also change what you see on your screen, so you think you're in the clear. He says here locally, he says there have been cases where people didn't know their accounts had been drained until they received their monthly statement. At that point, he says it's too late.
"You're money is gone with a capital G, and this can happen even if you go online to check your account," says Victor.
He recommends doing all of your banking over the phone or in-person, or getting a hardened computer system.