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Additional security for Online Transactions? Plus few Total Protection questions.


I own McAfee Total Protection and do wonder do I need additional security for Online Transactions? What kind of security should I use for it? Would separate browser with security plugins be enough or should I install additional software? Examples are McAfee Raptor(this one takes like 1 minute to launch itself on Win7 SSD machine when starting with OS, I hope it's bug), Microsoft EMET, IBM Trusteer Rapport etc?

Should I try to build Virtualized Web Browser just for such things? How would McAfee Total Protection work with such Virtualization, either by Microsoft Virtual PC or Sandboxie or similar product? Which web browser should I go for on Windows 7? Which plugins if any?

Also I'd like to point out that for some reason on Windows XP computers McAfee Total Protection fails to auto-update itself and constantly reports errors. As for now this can be solved only by reinstalling product.

I'd also like to ask which security settings would be advised for Windows 7 machine. The most common are to simply not install Java/Flash/ActiveX and such. Anything else worth of mentioning?

Cheers, awaiting for answers.

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Re: Additional security for Online Transactions? Plus few Total Protection questions.


In addition to McAfee software I use Trusteer Rapport (recommended by my Bank), WoT (Web of Trust browser add-on) and I keep MalwareBytes Free updated and ready to go in reserve.

McAfee Raptor is a free tool and is still in Beta so only use with caution.  There is no support for it available.

The last link below has a few recommendations.

The use of VM's is up to you, whatever you install in a VM will not be protecting your main OS though.   VM's are best used if you want to test software, that way any damage is kept localised.

The best advice is to surf wisely, be careful downloading, do not file-share and keep all of your OS up to date, including parts you may not use, Internet Explorer for instance.

I'm not surprised at any malfunctions in XP.  It is no longer supported.

As regards Java and Adobe Flash/Shockwave/Reader etc. I have them installed and allow them to auto-update.

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Re: Additional security for Online Transactions? Plus few Total Protection questions.


           Could you kindly apprise us if you need further assistance?

Thank you,


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