My wife and I are going on a vacation and we shall be taking our computer.
There are many wi-fi hotspots, all unsecure, through which we can connect to the internet including hotel/motels (which, even though they generally have a password, are unsecure because many guests - and you don't know who they are! - have it).
My problem is that, on this vacation, I am going to have to do some online banking. I must obtain my credit card bills and must pay them, as well as other bills, via online checking. I have no other practical option.
Is it relatively safe (safer?) to use a dial-up connection rather than the available broadband connection (which is unsecure) to access financial sites?
If I were to use the unsecured broadband connection but, rather than typing my logins and passwords, copied and pasted them into the requisite dialog box on the [financial] site(s) from a previously prepared document, would this be relatively safe (safer?)?
Does using [Ubuntu] Linux rather than Micorosoft Windows make a difference in the possibility of interception, especially by such things as keyloggers which may be attached to a hotel's network?
I am not "computer-sophisticated" so I cannot prepare a "virtual machine." In any case, I do not know if that would make accessing financial sites any safer.
I am currently using Ubuntu v.10.04 'Lucid Lynx' and I have both ClamAV and Firestarter installed.
I am sure others here may have had the same question; any answers or advice would be welcome. Thank you for reading this.