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Old 11-06-2014, 07:55 AM
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Want to buy a new laptop and was thinking about keeping the old desktop just for banking and financial purposes. No banking on the new laptop.

Good idea or not?
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I guess it's not a bad idea but I just have to wonder: why?

Sounds a bit paranoid to me. Like why NOT use the new laptop for banking?
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:12 AM
 
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If you're concerned about safety or something, maybe use a bootable linux ISO to do your banking, it's free. Either that or create a virtual machine (also free). A second PC is way, way overkill. I think the other options I listed are pretty overkill too but at least they won't take up so much space,
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Good idea. I keep my financials on a computer that never logs on to the net and remains off most of the time. It is simply that I have my accounting set up there exactly the way I want, and don't want or need updates that would break it. After about the fifth time banks have changed access to online bill pay, forcing a re-enrollment and deletion of payee lists, I've gone back to writing more paper checks as well and doing pulls instead of push payments for a couple of accounts.
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: League City
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I have an older computer where I keep my banking and other document related stuff. It is disconnected from the internet. I kept the old PC mainly because I didn't want to redo all the banking and other personal info that I had accumulated. At one time almost 10 years ago, it was my Warcraft computer but after a while I wiped it, and it kind of fell into a role that I have never changed.
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Old 11-07-2014, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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about the fifth time banks have changed access to online bill pay, forcing a re-enrollment and deletion of payee lists
I have been online banking since online banking started and I've never had anything change where I had to re-enter payees. Chase and US Bank.
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I have been online banking since online banking started and I've never had anything change where I had to re-enter payees. Chase and US Bank.
Same here with Suntrust, Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), and a regional SC bank.

I have had file formats change for downloading to local accounting software, but since I run payroll in QB, I have to stay fairly up to date, and have to be connected to the internet on that machine.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I have been online banking since online banking started and I've never had anything change where I had to re-enter payees. Chase and US Bank.
LOL! I had been banking with one bank, which was bought by another which changed the software upon acquisition. Went to another bank, witch was bought out in a few years by yet another bank. Changed to another bank, which has had two changeovers. Different experiences.
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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We use one to do all our financial stuff not connected to internet.
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