Online banking and hotspots

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by JuanP1000, Apr 9, 2011.

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  1. JuanP1000

    JuanP1000 Registered Member

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    Hi,

    Next month i will travel to USA and might need to do some online banking thru hotspots. Would you please suggest a setup for this on my laptop (win7 x64 Home) or I have to avoid it completely?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. CogitoTesting

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    By hotspots do you mean to say public wifi? If that is so then I would like to tell you NOT to do any online banking using a public wifi since most of them, if not all, are unsecured; and that advice also stands even when your computer is well protected.

    Buon Viaggio by the way. :)
     
  3. tlu

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    The OP should make sure that his banking site is SSL secured. And he should use the Perspectives addon available for Firefox and Chrome as a protection against Man-in-the-middle attacks.
     
  4. JuanP1000

    JuanP1000 Registered Member

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    Yes public wi-fi. I will do the online banking with Chrome and Prevx SOL, I wonder if is mandatory to use something like Comodo Trustconnect or Hotspot Shield?
     
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  5. zapjb

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    I'd say boot from a Linux LiveCD (or FlashDrive).
     
  6. tlu

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    But that doesn't protect against MITM attacks which are a threat in public wifis. The only protection I'm aware of is, as mentioned, Perspectives.
     
  7. blasev

    blasev Registered Member

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    Or he boot from linux live usb with firefox installed (plus no script and perspective add on).

    Chrome + prevx SOL should also protect u from MTM attack. Just add few cool tweak from kees, u can read the thread on "other malware"

    Third option : use firefox 4 + trusteer raport + no script

    Either option should give u a strong protection while doing online banking.
    Nothing is 100% bullet proof, so I add layered approach. OA Premium has online banking mode ;)
     
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  8. JuanP1000

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    Thanks tlu and blasev for your answers. Do you think trustconnect from Comodo be a good option for banking?
     
  9. TheKid7

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    :thumb: :thumb: :)
     
  10. x942

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    I would say secure windows as much as you feel comfortable and than use a VPN. If you have a spare computer you can leave running at home than you can setup Hamtchi (Free) and bridge your internet connection with it. This assures you are in charge and your connection is secure.
     
  11. blasev

    blasev Registered Member

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    never tried comodo trustconnect
    but....
    as per x942 post
    u can try hamtchi, personally I think that would be a better option
     
  12. tlu

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    Yes, sure - I agree. But again: That alone doesn't protect against MITM attacks. Thus, the best solution is a Linux live CD with Firefox + Perspectives in combination with Certificate Watch. And Noscript is always a good decision :)
     
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