Safe for online banking?

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  1. vinnyutd6899

    vinnyutd6899 Registered Member

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    My setup is it Safe enough for online banking? and everyday internet browsing?

    Microsoft security essentials
    Windows 7 firewall
    D-link Dir-615 router firewall.
    Rapport
    Firefox (Adblock plus)

    Ccleaner
    Malwarebytes
    Superantispyware
    Spywareblaster.
     
  2. Capp

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    Doesn't necessarily matter what you have on your system. Just make sure your banks online services are secure.

    Most of the time this means the URL starts with HTTPS and you'll see the gold padlock in the status bar of your browser.

    Something else you can do in firefox, go to your banks webpage, right-click anywhere on the page and click "View Page Info", then click the Security tab at the top. This will tell you the encryption strength and whatnot about the site.
     
  3. TheMozart

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    Do what I do.. Use MS Windows for your online gaming etc, and use Linux Ubuntu for Netbanking. I would never trust Windows for Netbanking.
     
  4. n8chavez

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    You don't need to use different OSes. That's just dumb. All you need to do is make sure the page(s) your using are secure. On top of that, make sure you have a very good firewall, preferably one that does DLL authentication to make suer nothing has inbound or outbound access that you don't want (keyloggers, malware, etc).
     
  5. Capp

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    I do all my banking online, pay all my bills online, manage loans, etc.. All online and I use Windows and Firefox.

    As I said above, Just make sure the website is secure and you are fine.
     
  6. TheMozart

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    That's your opinion and IMHO, its not smart at all to use MS Windows for Netbanking. I would only use Linux for all my Netbanking, CC transactions etc. To use windows for CC and netbanking is just plain risky and dumb. With Linux you don't have to worry about keyloggers, malware, rootkits, trojans etc.
     
  7. n8chavez

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    That's why I recommend virtualization.
     
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    Nothing is going to be more secure than dual booting windows and linux. Virtualization windows as a guest and Linux as host is OK, but other way around is not as secure as dual booting directly into Linux for Netbanking etc.
     
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    What I mean by virtualization is not using guest account, but rather using Sandboxie, Shadow Defender, or even VirtualBox.
     
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    I'm using Windows 7 Pro, fully patched, MSE, Prevx 3 w/Safeonline, Keyscrambler, Firefox with adblock and noscript, and Sandboxie. And a router/firewall.
    Almost no learning curve either.

    Another option would be to use Defensewall if you are using 32 bit operating system. It has a Banking/shopping feature.
    Good luck.
    Hugger
     
  11. Huupi

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    SB would be oke with strict rules but Virt. box and ShadowDefender not at all,they are only write protecting but anything can read and log by somebody who need your personal data.
     
  12. n8chavez

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    I understand that. SBIE is the gold standard for me. But, I was refering to what I mean by the term virtualization, that it is not simply using a guest account.
     
  13. Scoobs72

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    Yes. :) Rapport will afford a very good level of protection in the unlikely event you get a nasty infection. The trick of course is not to get infected in the first place as well as applying common sense to not get phished. If you fall for a phishing scam SBIE, DW, virtualisation and dual booting Linux ain't gonna help you.
     
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    That's true. But I assume that Firefox is like Opera in that it has the ability to verify connection security and protect against phishing attacks. With Opera all you need to do if left click the right part of the address bar. But you're right, a little caution can be a good thing.
     
  15. Scoobs72

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    A bigger threat probably lies in DNS hijacking. I wonder what many people would do if their browser showed an SSL certificate error - press proceed?
     
  16. n8chavez

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    This is also a good point. I use OpenDNS myself. I have yet to evaluate Google DNS.
     
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