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jonathan183
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:20 am    Post subject: Meltdown/Spectre - approach to online banking etc Reply with quote

I was offline over the X-mas period and I'm just catching up with the Meltdown/Spectre issue.

It looks as though separate user accounts for sensitive things like online banking is not sufficient and that I will need to restart the PC for online banking and then restart the PC afterwards at least in the short term.

I see some virtualisation tools are affected, does this include VirtualBox? is the only way of reasonable security without lots of reboots for things like Firefox or Chrome/Chromium to run in a VirtualBox guest or does that not help either? chrome://flags and enabling strict site isolation might help for Chrome/Chromium

I used to be able to use links2 for online banking ... but the bank decided they needed java-script for basic functions :roll:
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Ant P.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The #1 countermeasure to those CPU bugs is to not let untrusted code run on your computer in the first place - that means uMatrix or NoScript with whitelisting only. It goes without saying you should have an adblocker nowadays too.
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