Secure Online Banking with Linux USB Live
Jul 08, 2010, 01:37 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Online banking is becoming a very popular way to
satisfy our banking needs and this even includes people with no or
very little technical background. There are numerous advantages
when doing banking transactions online, such as 24/7 bank opening
hours, ability to make transactions from anywhere in the world and
convenience. The only problem is that we do not take our secured
home PC everywhere with us. Consequently, the use of other computer
and operating system rather than our own for online banking may
involve a great security risk. However, what we can and usually
carry on us everywhere we go is some sort of the USB key storage
device. This article describes a way of building our own customized
Online banking USB live Desktop.
"Solution to online banking by having an USB key with some
bootable Live Linux distribution solely dedicated to serve our
online banking needs can be very handy not even when traveling, but
also when used on day to day basis. Usually, computers are shared
among colleges, family members or friends and therefore chances are
very high that our personal details will be made available to some
fraudsters and their sophisticated scams and software. What is
more, encrypting our non-persistent USB key will make Live USB
online banking desktop worthless when falling into enemy hands.
Therefore, there is no harm of storing our online passwords
directly on the USB itself using an application such as
gorilla-password ( double encryption ). Perhaps the outcome of this
guide is not as good as the famous IronKey with all its shiny
features, but we would all missed the fun if there will be no space
to improve it."