Security blogger: Don’t bank on Windows

According to Brian Krebs, who writes about computer security for the Washington Post, people—especially bankers—should not use computers that have a Windows operating system for banking transactions. He explained his reasoning in a blog entry entitled, “Avoid Windows Malware: Bank on a Live CD” that appeared 12 October 2009. Here’s his lead:

An investigative series I’ve been writing about organized cyber crime gangs stealing millions of dollars from small to mid-sized businesses has generated more than a few responses from business owners who were concerned about how best to protect themselves from this type of fraud.

The simplest, most cost-effective answer I know of? Don’t use Microsoft Windows when accessing your bank account online.

Mr. Krebs’ recommendation is based on what he learned while investigating thefts of $10s to $100s of thousands around the US. He explained that all of the thefts had one common element: “They succeeded because the bad guys were able to plant malicious software that gave them complete control over the victim’s Windows computer.”

Mr. Krebs explains that he is not the only person making such recommendations and provides links to other agencies and individuals who have arrived at the same conclusion. He also offers solutions, but you should read them from this column. Get there by following this link.

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