Are Financial Websites Safe?

J at | Computers and Internet | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Is the financial web site you keep logging into safe? Is it secure? If you’re feeling smug about the HTTPS symbol in your browser window, or if you feel safe about secure servers, you’ve probably not yet heard about cross-site request forgeries or CSRFs.

In Nasty web bug descends on world’s most popular sites, Dan Goodin writes about how ING Direct’s site visitors are prone to CSRFs even if the site makes use of the secure sockets layer protocol. The hole has been plugged, thankfully.

What does CSRF do? It allows some not-that-nice people to transfer funds out of your account.

Do you do a lot of online banking? Do you feel safe? Well, whatever you feel about banking online, you’ll need to set aside some time to regularly monitor computer security news.

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