APC’s read­ers are talk­ing about web browsers for bank­ing and switch­ing to Google Docs.

APC Australia - - Contents - Chris Fowler

“When I at­tempted to use Tor browser, the West­pac sys­tem, af­ter pre­sum­ing that the log-on was an over­seas ‘hack’, de­nied fur­ther ac­cess un­til I had re-set my pass­word through the call cen­tre and ex­plained my ac­tions. ”

In last month’s pri­vacy fea­ture, Nathan Tay­lor rec­om­mends the Epic Pri­vacy Browser for bank­ing (see APC 459, page 48).

My ex­pe­ri­ence with Tor browser and West­pac sug­gests oth­er­wise and it prob­a­bly ap­plies to Epic’s En­cryp­tic Proxy set­ting too, although I have not tried it. I do like the browser, though, and have set it as de­fault al­ready — but not for bank­ing with that EEP set­ting turned on.

When I at­tempted to use Tor browser, the West­pac sys­tem, af­ter pre­sum­ing that the log-on was an over­seas ‘ hack’, de­nied fur­ther ac­cess un­til I had re-set my pass­word through the call cen­tre and ex­plained my ac­tions. My guess is that be­cause Epic’s En­crypted Proxy gives the ap­pear­ance of com­ing from an over­seas server, most Aus­tralian bank sys­tems will also make the same as­sump­tions and deny fur­ther ac­cess. I am not dis­posed to test­ing it out though!

Ed replies: Thanks for the feed­back Chris. Fol­low­ing your email, we’ve ac­tu­ally done a lit­tle test­ing with Epic Pri­vacy Browser and Aussie bank­ing web­sites and have, so far, not hit any ob­sta­cles in us­ing them — the ones we tried did not ask for any ad­di­tional se­cu­rity steps dur­ing the lo­gin process.

While your own mileage may of course vary (we should note that we weren’t able to test with all of the ‘ big five’ Aussie banks, so we can’t ver­ify that they all work with­out a hitch), Epic Pri­vacy Browser does seem safe to use for on­line bank­ing within Aus­tralia — and, there­fore, any­thing else that you think re­quires high se­cu­rity.

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