Should we use a separate device for online banking?
Here in the UK, this morning’s news is dominated by the Gameover Zeus virus and how it can hold you to ransom, empty your bank accounts and generally ruin your day!
The usual good advice on how to protect yourself from such attacks is doing the rounds but I wondered how effective one extra precaution might be: Only ever log into bank accounts etc using a dedicated device.
I’m seriously considering doing this since internet-capable devices are very cheap these days. While I’m at it, I’m thinking of taking the following extra precautions:
- Install Linux on the dedicated device since it is not targeted by hackers as often as Windows-based devices are.
- Create dedicated email addresses for each bank account. That way, if my normal email account were compromised, my bank accounts would still be safe.
Obviously, such a scheme would be less convenient than using whichever of my current devices I happen to be using but I’d rather that than be robbed of everything.
What do you think? Would such a scheme offer any additional protection?