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Windows unsafe for online banking? Shopping?

Oct 20, 2009, 11:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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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."

"Why businesses in particular? Because, as Krebs explains in another story, Businesses and consumers do not enjoy the same legal protections when banking online as consumers. Consumers typically have up to 60 days from the receipt of a monthly statement to dispute any unauthorized charges... Commercial banking customers have roughly two business days to spot and dispute unauthorized activity if they want to hold out any hope of recovery.""

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