At least, if you bank at CNL Bank in Orlando:
Recognizing that most consumers don't want to buy a separate computer for online banking, CNL is seriously considering making available free Ubuntu Linux bootable "live CD" discs in its branches and by mail. The discs would boot up Linux, run Firefox and be configured to go directly to CNL Bank's Web site. "Everything you need to do will be sandboxed within that CD," he says. That should protect customers from increasingly common drive-by downloads and other vectors for malicious code that may infect and lurk on PCs, waiting to steal the user account names, passwords and challenge questions normally required to access online banking.This is so full of awesome that it could almost collapse into a Black Hole of awesomeness. Here's why:
- The big money in online crime is in attacking online banking. That's where transactions are authorized, so it's where the smart Bad Guy wants to be. CNL is focused on the right threat scenario.
- The Bad Guys are quite rational, and so attack the Operating System that the bulk of their customers run at home. That's Windows. CNL is focused on the right vulnerability scenario.
- There's a lot of inertia in moving to Linux, and so most people simply won't. By creating the bootable CDs and offering them to their customers, CNL is reducing the friction their customers would encounter.