👍 #767 – Is Online Banking Safe?

It really bugs me when I hear of people avoiding online services -- in particular banking -- because they somehow think it's not safe, or that their computer will be hacked and their money stolen within seconds of going online. Not only are you at greater risk from other threats that you accept daily, the alternatives to banking online are slowly becoming more and more inconvenient, if they haven't gone away completely.

Online banking can be safe. Yes, it can.

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Is Online Banking Safe?

I would think that no PC would be immune from malicious threats if they landed on some corrupt site that then installed malware or key-capture software. Is there any reasonable way to continue to safely do online banking?

Sure.

Avoid getting infected.

I know, that sounds trite and flippant, and I don't mean to be so. Ultimately, though, all the advice boils down to exactly that: do what it takes to stay safe on the internet.

I regularly bank online. In fact, I've done so for years without incident. I much prefer it over the alternatives, particularly since many alternatives seem to be slowly disappearing.

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If I want to restore an image backup from a previous computer, complete with its operating system, onto another computer with a different operating system, will the operating system on the backup be allowed to install and override the operating system on the other computer? If so, how do I get around this?

It's not a question of “allowing”.

Restoring a full image backup will completely overwrite everything that exists on the hard disk, replacing whatever was there before, no matter what it was. The previous operating system, along with everything else on the hard disk, will be overwritten and replaced with the contents of the image backup.

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