Shopping and banking online!

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  1. ams963

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    Hi,

    I intend on using linux based OS preferably ubuntu in my old netbook next year as support for XP ends in 2 years.

    I would want to use that pc for only online shopping and banking. And I want to use that pc solely for those purposes for security.

    So I got ubuntu OS on a netbook. And either Chrome or Firefox as the browser. What else do I need for secure shopping and banking online?

    Best Wishes,
    ams963
     
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    Nothing really. Just keep it updated (you should be alerted when updates are available). Chrome comes with a sandbox by default, so it might be better to use than Firefox.

    You are much more likely to be hit with a MiTM attack than have Linux exploited directly. With the sad state of SSL, there are really no good ways to ensure your encrypted SSL connection is not being snooped on. The best you can do is use a plugin like convergence or perspectives.

    So:

    1) Keep it updated

    2) Use noscript in your browser if you're really paranoid and if it doesn't interfere with your bank's site

    3) Use an extra browser plugin for SSL verification.
     
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    Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.

    Can you give an example of the extra browser plugin for SSL verification?
     
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    Yes. But the op of that thread uses some products. and everyone else says it's a bit overkill...this and that. And now it's going into if this can be exploited or that can be exploited.

    Whereas I want to start from a minimalist point of view. And want to know what I should get to carry my online shopping and banking in addition to a linux OS and a browser.
     
  6. mack_guy911

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    keep your system upto date firewall enable

    keep eye on cookies, javascript block noscript is good tool also keep eye on phishings attacks check your site certificate ...etc

    keep an account on that bank which secure online frauds or atleast use that account for online banking of credit cards...etc


    and last but most dangerous attack are internet honey traps just be carefull on that by using commen sense :)

    clean your browser everytime you visit your bank site and login/logoff and best is

    keep a dedicated brower set to your bank site only (little paranoid mode if you want set site with ip address instead of name) and use that browser only for that purpose not anything else and check your cert ......etc before login make sure about your site :))

    keep your banking OS clean avoid crap software underground sites p2p porn ......etc on this OS
     
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    Thank you very much. But how do I check site certificate?

    Also I intend on only visiting my Bank's site and very legit shopping websites. I would carry my normal browsing and downloads on my other pcs.

    Also I forgot to ask- does a linux based OS have firewall like Windows does? I am going to use Ubuntu.
     
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    you are welcome man

    if you look for overkill please feel free on other thread as well ;)
     
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    LOL. No thanks I'm okay.
     
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