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    best way to segregate browsing activities

    Hi,

    I want keep my online financial transactions completely separate from the rest of my web browsing. Obviously the absolute safest way is to simply use separate computers, but that's not particularly convenient. If I were to setup a second X11 login, how much risk would this less sheltered account pose to the other one? And what would be the preferred way to implement this? Perhaps xnest? I'm not new to Linux, but I'm also not exactly fluent, so please go easy on me

    Thanks!
    Last edited by planarian; June 4th, 2013 at 10:08 PM.

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    Re: best way to segregate browsing activities

    Obviously the absolute safest way is to simply use separate computers
    No, the absolute safest way I know would be to use a liveCD for internet banking, because no traces would be left behind (at least on the machine).

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    Re: best way to segregate browsing activities

    Interesting suggestion, though it sounds like a hassle since I need an up-to-date java plugin. I'm willing to settle for "good enough."

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    Re: best way to segregate browsing activities

    A virtual machine would also do the job; it's not bulletproof, but it's pretty viable.

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    Re: best way to segregate browsing activities

    I'm afraid this computer's a bit long in the tooth for a VM...

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    Re: best way to segregate browsing activities

    Do financial transactions from a guest account as on shut down the guest account is wiped?

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    Re: best way to segregate browsing activities

    Hmm. Still doesn't quite pass the convenience test. (I want the financial account to retain configuration changes)

    Based on the fact that no one is endorsing anything like my proposed plan, should I assume it's too risky?

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    Re: best way to segregate browsing activities

    Use a separate user account for banking. Seems like the simplest solution. The other session won't start, so neither should user processes in it. If an attacker already has root you're screwed regardless.

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    Re: best way to segregate browsing activities

    Quote Originally Posted by Hungry Man View Post
    The other session won't start, so neither should user processes in it.
    I'm not quite sure what you mean by this. My idea was to have the two accounts running simultaneously so that I could toggle between them.

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    Re: best way to segregate browsing activities

    Oh. Well then that's always going to have issues with X11 unless you use a program to start a new X session for the new user. Still, run the browser in a separate process, and all you'll have to worry about is X keylogging. Processes in separate user accounts should not be able to interact.

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