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Title: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: Southern Man on February 20, 2013, 10:25:06 PM
Greetings :),

Firstly thank you to the avast team for a great  av producy it has done me really well for many years in protecting my pc and picking up and catching nasties over time!

Athough not a avast question but maybe people on the forum can recommend the safest or strongest browser to use for internet banking along with avast,private firewall (which works great with avast no problems at all!),trustee rapport,winpatrol.
I am using windows xp sp3.

Firefox v.19
chrome v.24
internet explorer 8
opera v.12.14

Thanks

southern man
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: essexboy on February 20, 2013, 10:33:39 PM
Avast Pro and AIS both have Safe zone.  This is a browser totally isolated from the rest of the system that accesses the net via a secure server https://support.avast.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=1185
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: schmidthouse on February 20, 2013, 10:39:38 PM
Greetings :),

Firstly thank you to the avast team for a great  av producy it has done me really well for many years in protecting my pc and picking up and catching nasties over time!

Athough not a avast question but maybe people on the forum can recommend the safest or strongest browser to use for internet banking along with avast,private firewall (which works great with avast no problems at all!),trustee rapport,winpatrol.
I am using windows xp sp3.

Firefox v.19
chrome v.24
internet explorer 8
opera v.12.14

Thanks

southern man

Hi: I don't believe Internet banking is 100% safe as the bad guys are always finding better ways to intercept/steal or compromise peoples security on-line. As you don't have access to "Avast SafeZone" with your Free version I won't recommend that, although I wouldn't be without it.
IE in my opinion is one browser I would stay away from.
From what I've read/researched both Google Chrome and FF  are much better then IE. I can't speak for Opera as I've never used it.
I realize this information isn't show stopping but again, I personally wouldn't be without SafeZone but then I had to put some green down for Avast Pro which offers this option. :)
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: Southern Man on February 20, 2013, 11:12:33 PM
Thanks for all your inputs ;D,i really have not started using online banking yet but will need to do so shortly as it willl be very convenient to do so but not so if my funds are stolen! >:(,i too am very wary of online really i do not think it is so safe!,so am also reticent to use internet explorer,unfortunately also trustee rapport has stopped working with latest firefox 19 which is my main browser i use,i'll try chrome see what happens.

Cheers
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: DavidR on February 21, 2013, 01:31:57 AM
One think about on-line banking is that the bank also has to play its part.

Many have two stage logins and mine is actually three stages has a device (which has embedded a unique code) that the user has to enter their long pin number and this generates a random code to enter. Even if one of those logins were somehow monitored it wouldn't do then much good as they would have to have the device and know the long pin number, none of which is accessible on-line.
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: mag on February 21, 2013, 10:58:45 AM
You might consider a Linux LiveCD used only to access your banking site in any given session?

(I realise that doesn't exactly meet your 'with avast' spec though)
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: Southern Man on February 23, 2013, 01:42:33 AM
Thanks for all your inputs ;D,i really have not started using online banking yet but will need to do so shortly as it willl be very convenient to do so but not so if my funds are stolen! >:(,i too am very wary of online really i do not think it is so safe!,so am also reticent to use internet explorer,unfortunately also trustee rapport has stopped working with latest firefox 19 which is my main browser i use,i'll try chrome see what happens.

Cheers

Thanks DavidR
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: Southern Man on February 23, 2013, 01:46:11 AM
One think about on-line banking is that the bank also has to play its part.

Many have two stage logins and mine is actually three stages has a device (which has embedded a unique code) that the user has to enter their long pin number and this generates a random code to enter. Even if one of those logins were somehow monitored it wouldn't do then much good as they would have to have the device and know the long pin number, none of which is accessible on-line.
You might consider a Linux LiveCD used only to access your banking site in any given session?

(I realise that doesn't exactly meet your 'with avast' spec though)

Thanks mag,i have trustee rapport installed have you heard of it?,seems like internet explorer is not a good choice,chrome perhaps better choice?
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: Southern Man on February 23, 2013, 01:47:22 AM
One think about on-line banking is that the bank also has to play its part.

Many have two stage logins and mine is actually three stages has a device (which has embedded a unique code) that the user has to enter their long pin number and this generates a random code to enter. Even if one of those logins were somehow monitored it wouldn't do then much good as they would have to have the device and know the long pin number, none of which is accessible on-line.

Which broswer do you think is safer to use in your opinion?
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: DavidR on February 23, 2013, 02:16:40 AM
You're welcome.

I use firefox as my primary browser and that doesn't change for internet banking.
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: Abraxas on February 23, 2013, 02:40:43 AM
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Which broswer do you think is safer to use in your opinion?
I use Firefox, and generally note most sites support it.
I'm not a big fan of doing financial transactions online, but as DavidR said:
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One think about on-line banking is that the bank also has to play its part.
The Bank, and I'm only aware of Banks in Australia, will have to reimburse the customer if money is taken from your account. I suspect you have to be aware of an anomaly in your account balance and report it to your bank, who then stop all transactions. Similar to having your cheque book, or Credit card stolen.

Happy banking  ;)
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: mag on February 24, 2013, 05:23:19 PM

Thanks mag,i have trustee rapport installed have you heard of it?,seems like internet explorer is not a good choice,chrome perhaps better choice?
I have used Trusteer Rapport. I have also seen test results for it indicating that it seems to do what it says on the tin quite well.

The problem I had was that it interacted badly with avast from time to time - at one stage stopping the sandbox from running. Trusteer were responsive to these issues, but each new version of either product risked introducing a new issue.

If I didn't have Safezone I would probably still have it though.
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: de redder on February 24, 2013, 06:09:35 PM
Google chrome has an anti phishing. But you can download a free anti phising program too.
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: -midnight on February 24, 2013, 06:32:22 PM
I use Firebox for online banking.  Never use IE or "Chrome because I don't like either browser.   I've been checking our bank accounts online for years and years and I've never had any problems.  Our banks have their own privacy settings so I feel completely safe.
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: JerryM on February 24, 2013, 10:36:51 PM
I have used Trusteer Rapport, but it caused some problems so I removed it.
The problem with SafeZone is that I cannot print from it.
Jerry
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: Pondus on February 24, 2013, 10:40:53 PM
and for those who want to try, There is Panda safe browser...built on FF   

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/safebrowser/
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: jefferson sant on February 24, 2013, 10:41:42 PM
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I have used Trusteer Rapport, but it caused some problems so I removed it.
The problem with SafeZone is that I cannot print from it.
Jerry

this issue has been discussed several times will
I do not know how is the new version, but I had already requested
fixing this problem printing safezone, @ Pk is responsible, some response   ???
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: jefferson sant on February 24, 2013, 10:51:47 PM
I have used Trusteer Rapport, but it caused some problems so I removed it.
The problem with SafeZone is that I cannot print from it.
Jerry

try to reset the SafeZone

https://support.avast.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=1185
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: JerryM on February 24, 2013, 11:25:00 PM
Didn't solve the problem.
Having tried various things in the past, I am not willing to spend more time with it. Normally I have no need to print from SafeZone, but when on a trip with my laptop I might need to print.
I have Kaspersky IS on my main computer. KIS has a SafeMoney module which does permit printing. When this license runs out for Avast, I will probable put KIS on the laptop. It is less expensive to buy an AV that will license of 3 computers.

I guess Avast is a "work in progress." Maybe V8 will work out the bugs with the sandbox and SafeZone.

Regards,
Jerry
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: jefferson sant on February 24, 2013, 11:32:29 PM
1 month ago ago, I received confirmation that the printing problem
would be resolved in version 8, but I have no way of knowing if it was placed in
practice :(
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: -midnight on February 24, 2013, 11:46:20 PM
and for those who want to try, There is Panda safe browser...built on FF   

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/safebrowser/

Could this mess up my computer?
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: Pondus on February 25, 2013, 12:04:25 AM
and for those who want to try, There is Panda safe browser...built on FF   

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/safebrowser/

Could this mess up my computer?
you never know before you try   ;)   


http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=111332.msg874880#msg874880
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I'm seriously done with testing any new programs.

if you are afraid i suggest you follow your own advice (see quote above)
or get another comp that you are not afraid of breaking, so you have that to play with


Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: -midnight on February 25, 2013, 12:10:49 AM
and for those who want to try, There is Panda safe browser...built on FF   

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/safebrowser/

Could this mess up my computer?
you never know before you try   ;)   


http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=111332.msg874880#msg874880
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I'm seriously done with testing any new programs.

if you are afraid i suggest you follow your own advice (see quote above)
or get another comp that you are not afraid of breaking, so you have that to play with

So, it could mess up my computer?  Yes or no?  ???
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: DavidR on February 25, 2013, 12:59:17 AM
No one is able to give you a definitive answer, they don't know exactly what is on your system and how it might interact with the program.

If you don't have a robust backup and recovery strategy (minimal hard disk imaging software or running a second computer as a test system or running a virtual OS on the existing system), experimentation is always going to involve risk.
Title: Re: safest browser for internet banking with avast?
Post by: -midnight on February 25, 2013, 02:37:41 AM
No one is able to give you a definitive answer, they don't know exactly what is on your system and how it might interact with the program.

If you don't have a robust backup and recovery strategy (minimal hard disk imaging software or running a second computer as a test system or running a virtual OS on the existing system), experimentation is always going to involve risk.

Thanks for your reply.

I started to install it but when it got to the part where it said I would be disconnected from the internet I didn't go any further.