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Online Banking: Taking Issue With The New York Times

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| Unlike phishing, malware is a Windows-only 
| thing. What to do about it? How can you defend 
| yourself, your computer, and your accounts? 
| Opinions vary, but more than a few techies 
| suggest not doing any online banking from a 
| Windows computer.
| I first argued this is August (Consider Linux 
| for Secure Online Banking) and then again in 
| October (Windows and Online Banking: A 
| Dangerous Mix). Brian Krebs (author of the 
| Security Fix articles) came to the same 
| conclusion in October:
| "An investigative series I've been writing 
| about organized cyber crime gangs stealing 
| millions of dollars from small to mid-sized 
| businesses has generated more than a few 
| responses from business owners who were 
| concerned about how best to protect 
| themselves from this type of fraud. The 
| simplest, most cost-effective answer I know 
| of? Don't use Microsoft Windows when 
| accessing your bank account online. "


Dell Vostro V13 Offers Style, Substance and Low Price

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| The Vostro starts at $449 with the Celeron 
| processor and Ubuntu Linux. 



On-Line Banking and Linux

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| I have been banking on-line for a long time
| now. Indeed I started banking by telephone
| with the Co-operative Bank when they first
| introduced it, well before any other bank
| had done so in the UK. I haven't actually
| been to my nearest bank (which is 48 miles
| away) for about 15 years. No need.......cash
| machines for cash at no cost, cheque
| deposits through the Post Office and of
| course the on-line banking for paying bills
| and moving money around.
| [...]
| I am no Linux expert but how about providing
| a "barebones" Linux OS which in the form of
| a LiveCD, configures your internet
| connection wired or wireless, and provides a
| basic secure browser to access your on-line
| banking services. If small enough this could
| be issued in the form of a "credit card"
| sized CD you could keep in your wallet along
| with your other cards.


Windows unsafe for online banking? Shopping?

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| The most prominent example of this is The Washington
| Post's security columnist, Brian Krebs. Krebs
| recently recommended that after interviewing "dozens
| of victim companies that lost anywhere from $10,000
| to $500,000 dollars because of a single malware
| infection," he's now recommending that, "commercial
| online banking customers consider accessing their
| accounts solely from non-Windows systems."
| As Krebs points out, he's not the only one. The
| Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis
| Center, an online financial-sector security forum
| recommends business users, ""carry out all online
| banking activity from a standalone, hardened, and
| locked-down computer from which e-mail and Web
| browsing is not possible."

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