You Don’t Need a Dedicated Computer for Online Banking. Just Don’t Be Stupid.

by Jason Unger

This article made me laugh … and fear for the future of humanity.

Use dedicated computer for online banking:

The advice of the American Bankers Association (ABA) made four years ago regarding online banking is even more important advice today. In a gutsy but overdue move, the recommendation to small and medium-sized businesses was simple: stop using your regular computers for online banking.

That’s right, stop using your regular computer for online banking. Instead, the ABA, still to this day, recommends the use of a separate, dedicated computer for online banking, one that is never used to access email, instant messaging, Facebook, or to browse the Internet. I’ll go a step further and say this advice should not apply only to small businesses; everyone, especially home computer users, should heed this advice.

Frankly folks — this is idiotic.

You don’t need a dedicated computer for doing your online banking. You just need to not be stupid.

Don’t open up email attachments from people you don’t know. Don’t go to sketchy websites that may try and install malware on your computer. And use common sense when surfing online and installing applications.

Overall, the financial industry does a great job at online security — so the weakest link in the chain is your own stupidity. Don’t be stupid and do stupid things online, and you’ll be fine.

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