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[News] Why Small Businesses Should Use GNU/Linux for Online Banking

  • Subject: [News] Why Small Businesses Should Use GNU/Linux for Online Banking
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:01:40 +0000
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Small Businesses Should Conduct Online Banking from Dedicated Computers

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| We'll go even further and suggest that the 
| dedicated computer use Linux, FreeBSD, or 
| even Mac OS X, if that suits you better. 
| We're not trying to start a controversy over 
| which operating system is better or more 
| secure. In fact, this has nothing to do with 
| the security of the operating system itself, 
| but the fact that 99.9% of these trojans were 
| constructed for Windows and will fail to run 
| on anything else.


Top 10 Blog Posts of 2009

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| Top Operating Systems
|     * Windows: 62.1%
|     * Linux 26.8%
|     * Mac 9.7%
|     * Mobile 1.4%



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."


Teeth-Gnashing and Tongue-Lashing Over Desktop Linux Foot-Shooting

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| "Even if the Windows installation on the underlying
| hard drive is completely corrupted with a keystroke-
| logging virus or Trojan, that malware can't capture
| the victim's banking credentials if that user only
| transmits his or her credentials after booting up
| into one of these Live CDs," Krebs explained.
| The community's reaction? More than 400 comments on
| Slashdot just a few days later, not to mention
| discussions on OStatic, as well as on LXer and
| beyond.
| Linux, you're on a roll!

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