Security measures regarding specifically online shopping and banking

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http://askubuntu.com – I've read the community wiki and some questions made here in Askubuntu about security measures on Ubuntu, but I would like to focus and narrow this topic to the security of online money transactions, because it is what concerns me the most and probably any other conscious user too, one that always tries to remain safe on regular daily tasks online, has his private documents encrypted and keeps regular backups of the system and as a result, getting his bank account invaded or having his identity stolen may be much more of a concern than a system corruption. Is a VPN service with SSL connection (HowTos)