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Windows 7: Is it safe to access bank account with my roaming dongle


01 Oct 2013   #1

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Is it safe to access bank account with my roaming dongle

I use the Win 7 Security on my lap-top and do all banking with my traditional home provider. Am I safe to do my banking on my 3 dongle whilst out and about.


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02 Oct 2013   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Well anjou I am not aware how good that security you have is so I cannot comment. Personally I use Kaspersky which has a safe money function / feature and I use it with no hesitation.

But the choice is yours I would suggest you look at Kaspersky and see if what it costs per day is worth your peace of mind. Mine costs me $0.13 per day to run.

I fixed up my brothers on a recent trip back and he has no problems with it at all. They do also run special offers too so thee are tie s when you can pick the suite up with an extra years licence but as I said the choice is yours and how much your money means to you.
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02 Oct 2013   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

It depends on your bank's software and your security programs. As long as your computer is properly secured, if your bank uses a https connection and the software doesn't use Java, it should be safe.
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02 Oct 2013   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Well the security you have on that machine my friend is not known to me an just having a quick scout round I would be using something a a little more heavy weight than it.

But the choice is yours as for the banks security it might be ok but you are using wireless and and that is in my mind at least dodgy unless you use something like the program I suggested which is basically a sandbox type feature.
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03 Oct 2013   #5

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

OK, so are we saying that, because it is a wireless connection, the 3 Dongle is not as secure as my Entanet connection at home ?
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03 Oct 2013   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anjou2 View Post
OK, so are we saying that, because it is a wireless connection, the 3 Dongle is not as secure as my Entanet connection at home ?
No anjou I am simply saying I do not know how good that security you have is and that you are using a wireless connection so whatever you are sending to and receiving from the bank via that venue is liable to be intercepted in the interim by other devices - for example another computer while the data goes back and forth.

Take for example the TV the signal is broadcast from the TV company via a high frequency signal and then is decoded at the TV and is turned into what you watch. Now that is just you and it is also available to many others who watch what you do as it is freely "seen" by other TV sets.
So you are really relying on the security program to make sure that the data is safe from view while it is sent from your machine to the bank and back again.
My security uses a form of "encasing" the data while I am on the line to my bank therefore I know it is safe whether I do banking on a cable or wireless connection .
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04 Oct 2013   #7

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for a most illustrative and informative reply, I will keep away from the wire-less option and investigate Kaspersky
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04 Oct 2013   #8
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I never do any on-line banking because I do not think that it is safe - at least not with Windows. If you have to do on-line banking, use a Linux distro from a virtual partition. Example:

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04 Oct 2013   #9

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

If one has the proper security software, including an outbound firewall, and one's bank uses secure software (including no Java) and connections (https) on known networks (generally, that doesn't include public networks), online banking is perfectly safe. Your financial data is already subject to hacking of your bank, credit/debit card clearing houses, vendors, etc. which often are less secure than you can make your own data and connections. As long as you have a credit/data card (you don't even have to use it) or even just a banking account, your financial data (and money) is already vulnerable and no amount of paranoia on your part is going to completely protect it.
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04 Oct 2013   #10

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

I try not to do banking online unless it's a necessity. If I can get something done over the phone, then I choose that option. My thought is, why take a chance when you can accomplish what you need with a phone call.

Same with ordering something online, I prefer to contact them by phone & place the order that way.
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