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    Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

    Hi,

    Does anyone know of a bank in the UK whose internet banking service supports Linux? I am with Nationwide at the moment, but they offer no support or protection for Linux users. This means customers are not covered if phished etc. while using Linux. I know that Linux is a lot more secure than the other OS' available, but I would like to change to a bank which supports Linux properly.

    Thanks

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    Re: Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

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    I'm not sure that any of them are to be honest.

    I use hsbc - they aren't - or at least weren't.

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    Re: Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

    I've only used Firstdirect and Smile, but neither of them have any trouble with Linux. Certainly no mention of operating systems in Firstdirects T&Cs, they recommend certain browser version levels, and do try and get you to install Trusteer Rapport, but you're still covered if you don't.

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    Re: Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

    What do you mean by supporting Linux & offering protection?

    I'm with Santander & use Chrome on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS & I always get https before the page addresses.

    Phishing, I would guess will be via email.

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    Re: Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

    mmm - perhaps I'll expand.

    I've not had any issues using hsbc - it too is https

    I've not had any phishing attempts originating from there.

    But they'll not 'support' me if I was to say I Was using Linux - only time I've talked to them I have kept it at a browser level.

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    Re: Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

    On the Nationwide website, it tells you about what OS and browsers you can use, and if you don't use them then you are not covered by their fraud protection policies etc., so if someone manages to get your details and uses your account, then you have no protection from Nationwide in terms of getting your money back

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    Re: Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkeale View Post
    On the Nationwide website, it tells you about what OS and browsers you can use, and if you don't use them then you are not covered by their fraud protection policies etc.
    Harsh, I'm surprised that's even legal. Can see why you're looking at switching.

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    Re: Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkeale View Post
    On the Nationwide website, it tells you about what OS and browsers you can use, and if you don't use them then you are not covered by their fraud protection policies etc., so if someone manages to get your details and uses your account, then you have no protection from Nationwide in terms of getting your money back
    Scaremongering IMO

    I use:
    7 different UK banks online
    Never had any trouble

    Just follow the obvious procedures to navigate in safety.
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    Re: Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

    That's what I thought too. Maybe I got it wrong, but from what it says on the website and from the reply I got when I sent them a message this seems to be the case

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    Re: Linux Friendly Internet Bank in the UK?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkeale View Post
    Maybe I got it wrong
    Well from this:

    http://www.nationwide.co.uk/internet...rhelp.htm#tab3


    However, although we believe that our Internet Bank should work on some of the more uncommon or beta version browsers and operating systems, officially we can only offer support on the range of browsers that we actively test our Internet Bank against.

    <snip>

    What we don't support

    1. Any Beta versions of browsers
    2. Any browsers running on any Linux distribution (e.g. Konqueror/KDE, Firefox/Ubuntu)
    3. Camino, Omniweb or Shiira on Mac OS X
    It looks like they don't offer support, but I don't think they can legally refuse to cover you against fraud, etc. Your legal protections are enshrined in law pretty firmly, I doubt they could simply wriggle out of them on a technicality. However, it's also possible that this hasn't actually been tested in court yet either.

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