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I know very little about online banking security and any other site's password entry programs/whatever/????

Suppose u have multiple tabs open in a web-browser, is it more dangerous to then go log onto your bank account where u put in your PW (see I'm hip)?

And like can any scammers doing "whatever" in one "tab" of a web-browser, examine/determine/learn/evaluate/etc..........stuff that u are doing in another tab ? or 2nd copy of the programs running (and knowing different computers/programs.............I have no idea if thats means 1 program or 2 is actually doing whatever ?????????????????????????????????????


Whats the general advice for opening online banking/eBay/ecommerce etc/.(because money matters, if this was an idea place I'd ask about ideas just for the fame, not profit
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The hackers can, and do, do anything and everything they want.
If they want you're money they'll get it no matter what you do.

All you can do is to make it more difficult. There are many, many articles on the interwebs about safe computing. Read some and follow the advice. Like don't use 1234 as a password! It's all just simple, common sense things.

With all the data theft over the last few years you can be assured that your identity is for sale somewhere. You just don't have enough money to make it worthwhile to steal! There are bigger fish in the ocean than us!
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Security in general, be it on a computer or your physical security (or any other type) isnt about making something 100% secure. Thats impossible. It is about reducing the chances of a breach to the point that only the most skilled and determined could do it if they wanted.

As an extreme example lets say like most people you dont want to get hurt/die. Everything you do in life carries a risk of getting hurt and dying. The only way to be 100% safe from dying would be to never be born. A less extreme example would be reducing the risk of death by not leaving your house. While not 100% it certainly reduces the risk but at what cost to yourself. For most people that cost isnt worth it and they leave their house, drive, cross the street, fly, etc.

For computers the most secure thing is to have a computer that has no connection to any other device. The obvious trade off is you miss out on all of the advantages those connections bring.

With that said here is some general advise. This presumes that you are aware that if you chose to use your computer and the internet for things like banking there is no 100% sure fire guarantee. You are at risk by the mere fact you chose to partake in the activity. Some of the things I will list may be "too much" or "unnecessary", so feel free to implement or use any of the recommendations you see fit. To make it as safe as possible:

Software
  • Keep your OS and all software (Browsers, programs, utilities, plugins, drivers, etc) up to date
  • Remove/Uninstall any software you will no longer need
  • Only install software you need, know and trust. This applies to browser add-ins/extensions/plugins too
  • Disable any browser plugin that you do not frequently need or need at all (presuming you haven't uninstalled it). For ex: disable Flash, Java, ActiveX. Enable it only when you need to. They are notoriously vulnerable.
  • Have a good antivirus program. If you are security conscious and you have the means buy it (instead of free). Check out reviews as there are 4-6 Independent labs that test AV software in an unbiased fashion. Use that info to pick a program. Some offer a virtual keyboard and secured browser to do financial things. The concept of the virtual keyboard is that a keylogger cannot steal a password via you entering into the keyboard. Not sure how much security it really provides.
  • Use adblocking software. There are some standalone and some that are extensions.

Networking
  • Make sure your Router firmware is up to date.
  • Make sure your router login and password are not the default (like admin/password)
  • If you use Wifi, make sure to use the strongest encryption. WPA2 (AFAIK right now)
  • If you use Wifi make sure the password is a strong password.
  • Turn off SSID broadcast. THis way no 1 in range will see the name of your network, they would have to know the name to try and connect.
  • Do not use utilities or WPS to connect devices to Wifi, connect them manually

Passwords
  • Use strong passwords. *See image at bottom of post.
  • Do NOT use the same password for various logins. Do NOT use variations of the same password for various services. Ex: dont use "password" for one service and "password1" for another.
  • Do NOT store passwords. ALLWAYS enter them manually.
  • Set a password for Windows login.
  • Avoid linking accounts (like using facebook or google to login to other services)

General
  • Use common sense. Do not open emails from people you dont know or expect mail from. Dont open emails from people you do that do not make sense (weird subject line or you know they are in a situation that they shouldnt be able to send an email). Dont click links to stuff that you dont trust
  • If you get a popup and have the faintest suspicion do NOT click any part of the popup. Simple close whatever program the popup is from, by force if needed (typically the browser).
  • Do NOT share your password with anyone. Especially do NOT share the password electronically (email, txt, screen shot, etc). If you must share (like with a spouse) make sure they are as vigilant as you and aware of the methods to protect themselves.
  • Do not leave your computer on, even in sleep/hibernate mode. Turn it off when you are done with it. Turn it on when you need to use it.
  • Unplug the ethernet cable if you are hardwired as the connection is still active even if the computer is off.

The above are just things you can do to reduce risk and prevent security issues on the computer in a general sense. For online banking make sure to keep an eye on your account frequently and if anything seems out of the ordinary call/go to the bank asap and let them know. Also if you do not have one buy a paper shredder. Shred anything that has personal information on it. It doesnt even have to be "sensitive" info like an account number. A letter from your bank saying they have a new privacy policy is enough to let anyone looking at your trash know: your address, full name, and what bank you have an account with.

Hope this help

PS:

8 characters, upper/lower, number symbol do not work any more. They are also hard to remember. Instead use a couple of entirely unrelated words. Hell use a whole sentence. It will be easier to remember and much harder for a computer to guess.

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