Online banking/shopping question

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by usnuli, Feb 26, 2011.

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  1. usnuli

    usnuli Registered Member

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    Hi there.
    Which security software would you recommend for online banking and shopping? I'm using Prevx SafeOnline free (safebook), Avira Personal and Privatefirewall at the moment. Would this be enough, or should I add another anti-malware software or replace the installed program(s) with some other one(s)? I'm also thinking of trying BufferZone Pro. Would that be an overkill, or would BZ be another necessary layer of protection while banking online?
     
  2. phalanaxus

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    Personally I boot with a Linux cd to do my financial work. Much safer than any other software imo.
     
  3. usnuli

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    Like Ubuntu Live?
     
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    Yes, just like Ubuntu.
     
  6. searaider

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    By the way, how good is prevx safe on line?
     
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    Or you could install ubuntu alongside windows and boot to it when you need to do ur banking or shopping. I used to do this in the past but these days I have a dedicated Linux machine for my online activities.
     
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    Are they enough? Depends where you're 'surfing'. Hard-core adult sites, clicking on everything, lots of movie downloads, then who knows what else you might need to clean a PC.

    Smart user with common sense, you already have more than enough.
     
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    Downloading the iso right now. Thanks.
     
  11. usnuli

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    This is a really good idea. Dual boot sounds interesting and I'm sure it's got many advantages. I'll try with Ubuntu Live first, though.
     
  12. usnuli

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    I'm not that kind of an Internet user, yet I do use MBAM on-demand along Avira just to be on the safe side. I am just concerned about whether my online banking could be compromised despite the software I'm already using and whether there are other programs specialized for online banking and shopping.
     
  13. usnuli

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    Safebook is sufficient then? Thank you, this is what I wanted to know.
     
  14. John Bull

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    Online Banking and entering your bank account and credit card details on the net ?

    Well, if you want some scumbag ~ snip ~ to clone your details and use your accounts to have a huge spending spree at your expense - go ahead, have a nice day.

    Good luck and I hope you can make the repayments.
    John
     
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    Back when I ran Returnil,I'd just reboot,flush the junk,do my shopping and reboot again,all in virtual mode,never an issue,also did the same thing with Shadowdefender.

    I've spent many of dollars online,never an issue!

    You gotta know and understand your strengths and weaknesses within your setup,period.
     
  16. usnuli

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    Isn't this a bit harsh? Anyway, what's the point in online banking then? Is the service meant not to be used at all?
     
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    I agree with Triple Helix. Prevx SafeOnline is all you need for online shopping and banking because it isolates the browser session, preventing keylogging, screen capture, etc. It also verifies that the shopping or bank site you are visiting is genuine and can be configured to ensure that the credentials you are entering are only valid for that particular site.
     
  18. usnuli

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    This is why I started the topic in the first place. I know the software I'm using, but I also want experts' opinion on this and your suggestions. "strengths and weaknesses", I like this very much. Thank you.
     
  19. usnuli

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    I appreciate your thorough explanation. Now I understand the purpose of Prevx SafeOnline and I'm keeping it.
     
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    You're welcome. :)

    Regards
     
  21. John Bull

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    Online financial transactions are a superb asset to hypothetical convenience.

    The only disadvantage is that the world`s scavenger scumbags have cracked the code and are ingenious hackers at grabbing other peoples financial data to have a spending bonanza, no matter what "secure" system is used. I do not see any supplier reimbursing a customer when their "secure" system has been busted. They will always blame it on YOUR inadequate security and legally that will be a joyride.

    You against Mr.Big ? No deal, just lay back and enjoy it.

    I do all my financial deals by letter post or telephone. If these crooks can get past that, then good luck. They are better men than I am Gunga Din.

    John
     
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    check the laws of your country and your particular banks.
    most decent bank are supposed to refund your money if there is problem.
    in canada and the usa for example, the banks are legally held to reimburse their customers.

    i've done online transactions for over 10 years and never had any problems.
    there are many ways to be protected online.

    this is why Wilders is here, after all...
     
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    This has under consideration SAFE(r) users, and that the system is CLEAN.

    1) Limited/Standard User Account for general browsing and other stuff (the latter one can also be an individual limited/standard user account);

    2) Limited/Standard User Account for sensitive tasks, just like home-banking (I'd personally go for a dedicated account just for home-banking.);

    3) Software Restriction Policies/AppLocker;

    4) Two web browsers: One for the general browsing in 1) and one other for the sensitive tasks. Due to compatibility issues, most likely I'd pick Internet Explorer for 2) and then due to what I can do with both Operating System and web browser, I'd pick Chromium/Chrome for the general browsing.

    * Optional steps for other users, who can't bother or don't know how to use other tools

    5) Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials. Why? Pretty decent antivirus; I have my doubts it will flag Windows own files has malware due to false positives. Easy to use by Joe/Jane.

    6) URL Scanner: AVG LinkScanner to prevent exploits. (This is optional considering how the user can handle web browser in 1) with certain restrictions.)

    ** Depends on whether your bank advises it or not

    7) An application to safeguard your assets when you enter credentials for your online bank account, such Prevx SafeOnline or Trusteer Rapport.

    See which one your bank advises and if none, considering Prevx SafeOnline (Facebook version) is FREE and also serves as an IDS tool, I prefer this one. Also easier for the Jane/Joe to understand it, due to its simplistic User Interface, IMO.

    *** For those more concerned and wanting a bit more and non-intrusive protection for the web browser

    8 ) SpywareBlaster and Spybot - Search & Destroy to immunize Internet Explorer.

    **** For those even more concerned

    9) Sandboxie set only to allow web browser process to start and access the Internet and automatically delete sandbox contents.

    Disclaimer: This is what would be my approach for Jane/Joe, having under consideration what they could or could not handle. In no way it reflects what would be used by everyone.
     
  24. firzen771

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    Avast IS's new Safezone feature might be something to look into
     
  25. blasev

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    Paid alternative : OA online banking mode..
     
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