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Old 17. Dec 2013, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Linux mint insecure for Banking

I have always used Linux mint for my banking, but I have had issues with my internet and was searching for ways of dealing with this problem. During my search I came across this website that stated LM was insecure for banking!
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/11/c...nking-unsecure
I thought it best to search for more info and it does seem that this is a problem with LM!

I will now have to rethink how I will use my computer for banking. The problem with using linux is finding a OS that will work properly as I have tried many in the past and they have not worked properly

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Old 17. Dec 2013, 03:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you read this linked page from one of the comments?

It appears to offer a straightforward "fix" for this potential security hole.
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Old 17. Dec 2013, 03:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Tony.

It's somewhat difficult here to separate the information from the hype. As I understand it, there is the "possibility" of vulnerability due to the fact that Mint withholds some kernel updates they feel may potentially lead to system instability. That said, apparently, these missing updates can still be obtained but the user needs to set this preference to get them.

I certainly would not change Mint just for this one issue. One way around would simply be to boot into a live session of another distro for your online banking. There are plenty suitable, including some specifically designed for this purpose.

If anyone has a better insight than what I've described above, please share.
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Old 17. Dec 2013, 03:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I will now have to rethink how I will use my computer for banking. The problem with using linux is finding a OS that will work properly as I have tried many in the past and they have not worked properly
If you really do decide to move from Mint, the one distro I've found impossible to break is Trisquel. Depending on what you expect to see when you switch on, it can be made to look very different to the default installation quite easily.

https://trisquel.info/

It's an LTS release too so you don't have to worry about reinstalling everything in a few months time.
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Did you read this linked page from one of the comments?

It appears to offer a straightforward "fix" for this potential security hole.
Yes I did hear this news that Tony pointed out....and it's not true at all. It's simply an article created from misconception. And I did read the article that Sope has linked to, and it has all the answers.

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Old 20. Dec 2013, 05:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Everything which has a cable is "insecure for banking". Deal with it.
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Old 20. Dec 2013, 07:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I doubt the security of hands either. Since there is no absolute safe way to transfer money to someone else, just set a reasonably lower bar and do what you can.
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