Bootable USB for security?
Hello guys and gals.
After having some accounts compromised, I am trying to figure out a safer way to do banking online. My idea is to have a separate operating system which is used solely for sensitive computing.
I have an XPS 13 with Windows 7 Home Premium with a 128 G SSD, so space is a bit of a concern.
My idea was to make a Windows 7 bootable USB, but it is appearing very difficult - and someone said it takes about 20 minutes to boot. That's too long.
So now I am thinking of maybe Linux or Ubunutu or something. Does this sound like the best course of action to accomplish my goal of having a virus free OS that is used only for logging into my online banks?
Also, could I install Linux or Ubunutu on my actual hard drive and just choose to boot from that vs. my standard Windows 7? Would I have to completely reformat and partition the HDD to accomplish this? Also, if I did it this way, and I had a virus on my Windows 7, would that leak over to the Linux or Ubunutu when running from there?
Side not, I have never used either Linux or Ubunutu, so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
PS How long does it usually take to boot Ubunutu from a UDB?