dolemitecomputers wrote:If you decide to continue to use XP then use a limited account with a software firewall that blocks incoming traffic but also alerts you to outgoing traffic. Sunbelt and Outpost are 2 of many firewalls that do that. Also, make sure that the website you are using provides some sort of encryption or SSL. Most finacial institutions do but it is good to double check. If you use or have a wireless router at home then verify you have it locked down (if the wireless function is enabled) or set to the highest level of encryption (WPA2 if available) with MAC filtering enabled and SSID broadcasting disabled. Linux will not be a benefit if someone could connect to your unsecured wireless network and capture your traffic.
Firestarter wrote:I'm curious as to how running an Ubuntu live cd in something like VMware Player would compare, security wise. Me thinks that would be pretty secure, pretty convenient (as opposed to rebooting) and free for the consumer.
UberGerbil wrote:It's all a question of where you draw convenience vs security line. People hand over their credit cards all the time to waiters who go off and do who knows what with them.
And you can be completely paranoid, and do everything right, and still get screwed.