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How to keep your computer safe
« on: January 04, 2007, 01:56:38 am »
INTERNET SAFETY.

Doing business on-line means to be as careful, and as safe as you possibly can be.
 
Is your Computer protected? Do you have Antispyware, Virus Software,
Firewall, Roboform et al installed on your Computer?

Do you update your software and scan regularly?
 
Scan And Clean your Computer NOW to get rid of vulnerabilities.

Having said that, you'll need the following "Tools Of The Trade". These are free for
those who cannot afford or simply don't want to purchase any software.

Best of all, They do an excellent job of protecting your computer..for FREE!! 

VIRUS:
1. Avast... Real Time Scanner
2. Avast Virus Recovery Database

ANTISPYWARE:
1. MicrosoftAntiSpyware(Beta)
2. Spybot S&D
3. SpywareBlaster  www.javacoolsoftware.com
4. SpywareGuard   same website as above.
5. Ad-aware  www.lavasoft.com

FIREWALL:
1. ZoneAlarm..Firewall

You might also think about THESE BROWSERS:
1. Mozilla/Firefox browser....excellent browser
2. Opera

*Also Roboform..Secure Form filler.

From now on, try to use Firefox for surfing and to access  ALL your secure sites
like Egold, On-Line Banking etc.Use Internet Explorer for checking your Email.

Make sure you download Firefox "No Scripts" Extension. Use the Options button.

Scan your computer everyday and update all your software every week or so.
Make sure you get into the habit of scanning cleaning, and updating ALL your
internet tools. Don't get complacent and forget to do these.

Also be careful of the sites you visit and what you download. Things happen I know.
Nonetheless, our own efforts or carelessness go a long way towards keeping ourselves
as safe as possible while doing the things we need to do online.

Depending on the size of your Hard Drive and Ram, you can/should also download
Opera Browser. Much, much safer than InternetExplorer.

   
KEEP THESE OTHER LINKS ON HAND:
http://www.lavasoft.com

http://www.webroot.com

http://www.kaspersky.com

http://www.pandasoftware.com

http://housecall.trendmicro.com

http://www.misec.net/trojanhunter... Particularly for the E-gold Trojan.

http://www.snoopfree.com/default.htm

http://www.precisesecurity.com/index.htm

http://www.ccleaner.com

http://iolo.com

http://www.softpedia.com

http://spywarewarrior.com....Excellent site for Computer software needs.

http://www.techsupportforum.com...Excellent help with hacking and ALL Computer issues.
 

COMPUTER OPEN PORT TEST:
Are your ports OPEN or is your Computer in STEALTH MODE? Check Here:
http://www.grc.com/default.htm

Scroll down. Click on Shields Up. See what happens.


CLIPBOARD TEST:
If you use your clipboard to copy/paste, do this: Log in to Internet Explorer, Click on Tools.
a. Click on Internet Options.
b. Click on Security, then Custom Level.
c. Scroll ALL the way down to Scripting.
d. Where it says "Allow paste operations via script", Click DISABLE, then Click O.K.

Without disabling this feature, ANYONE from anywhere could steal all that same info so very easily.
 
P.S Remember to ALWAYS clear your cookies, cache etc at the end of the day. Scan and clean daily.
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Re: How to keep your computer safe
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2007, 10:37:36 am »
Thanks, very good post, not many people are aware of this, good reading and advices.

The best Antivirus for me is kaspersky with the biggest base of viruses, and with firewall and spam protection. Never disappoint me.

About Spyware/Adware:

it is enough to use two programs:

Spybot S&D (spyware and dialers, dangerous cookies)
Ad-aware (adware)

Both for free.

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You might also think about THESE BROWSERS:
1. Mozilla/Firefox browser....excellent browser
2. Opera

I am using Opera, working fast and stably.
Why we propose Mozilla/Firefox/Opera?

Because Internet Explorer is the most popular and worst internet browser, so the most viruses are created for IE. Besides, there are countless bugs in Internet Explorer.
There are a number of free alternatives available. These alternatives are standards compliant, i.e. they conform to international standards. Internet Explorer is not standards compliant, and thus renders pages wrongly. These are Mozilla Firefox, K-Meleon, Mozilla, Opera, Camino and Safari.



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Re: How to keep your computer safe
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2007, 01:51:25 pm »
ADMIN you can delete this if you do not agree with this post

If you need security upgrades, or just about anything to help protect your computer and or just want to try new stuff softwares etc, then swing by this site http://www.s2kforum.org/forum/index.php

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Internet Security - what the pros won't tell you
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2007, 10:14:47 am »

So you have a firewall and an antivirus, perhaps even a dedicated anti-spyware program. You feel safe and secure. And then one day, without warning, you're locked out of your e-gold account and hundreds of dollars worth of your sweat and blood are gone in instants. Out there, some smug hacker is grinning, displaying a perfectly uneven row of rotten yellow teeth.

Where did you go wrong? Was your firewall not expensive enough? Did you not update your antivirus often enough? Did you anger the gods? Is that dog you ran over last month coming back to haunt you?

In this post I'm hoping to give you a brief glimpse into the mind of a hacker and give you a few extra precautions that you can take in addition to those you already have put in place.



About hackers

The first thing you need to realize is that computer security is a chicken-and-egg problem that just won't stop cropping up. What I mean by this is that regardless of whether the hacker or the security developer came first, they're always going at one another trying to defeat each other's work. As a consequence, every system, no matter how iron-clad, is going to have a flaw. No one might have found it yet, but it is there.

Take quantum encryption. It costs $50,000 per node and it's claimed to be unbreakable since any observer would disrupt the system and change the code, making it unuseable. But even the owner admits that since the lasers sometimes spew out more than one code by mistake, there is a theoretical possibility of a hacker getting hold of one of them and decoding that one without the people behind the two nodes knowing.

Now, you must be wondering where I'm going with all this. The conclusion is simple: whatever you do, your system will always be vulnerable. You can reduce this risk until it is practically non-existant, but it is still there.

There is one piece of good news. Hackers are like the rest of us, they like easy money. They don't want to spend months trying to hack away at your computer if all they think they'll get is a few hundred dollars. This works in your favor, because if you can make it hard enough for a hacker to get into your system, chances are they'll just give up and move on to the next one. After all, unless you're boasting online about being a closet billionnaire, they have no reason to stick around...it's a pointed waste of time.



How to wear a hacker down

Forget what you've seen in the movies. It will usually take a real-life hacker a long time to get your e-gold password. First, he needs to find a way into your system. Then, he needs to plant a backdoor. Finally, he needs to wait for his backdoor to tell him your e-gold password. If he's a really good programmer, this step might be automated and the only thing he might have to do is break in. If he's not, he could be sifting through useless data for days.

Note very carefully: A hacker will assume you use a firewall and antivirus! Actually, an antivirus is useless against a hacker...he doesn't want to destroy your computer, he just wants your money (hopefully). An anti-spyware program is useless as well - the hacker will just write his own backdoor and the anti-spyware program won't pick it up. The only problem for him is really getting the backdoor into your system, i.e. circumventing the firewall.

Now a hacker trying to circumvent a firewall will most often (I may be wrong on this - correct me if I am) attempt to enter by using another program which has access to the internet. This is why security flaws in internet explorer are so critical. So if you're going to make a hacker's job harder, you want to be doing three things:

1) Configuring your firewall properly, i.e. setting it at least on "medium" security (depending on the firewall you use) and regularly going through the list of programs with internet access to make sure you don't see any mean-looking things.

2) Making sure every program you have on your computer that is on your firewall's list for internet access is up-to-date and properly configured security-wise. I'm not going to digress into internet explorer's security settings since I think some users in other threads have done that already.

3) Manually checking for strange connections. To do this, go to the command prompt (start-->run and type "cmd" then press ENTER) and type "netstat -o" and press enter. A table should have come up. Unless you're acquainted with the common ports trojans use, you can ignore the first three columns and skip to the last. These numbers tell you which programs are using the internet at this moment. Write the numbers down and close the window. Now press ctrl + alt+delete to bring up the task manager and click the "processes" tab. To make your life easier, sort the processes by pID by clicking once on that column. Now look up the numbers you wrote down to see to what programs they correspond. Anything looks suspicious, then google it.

Congrats! You've just become your own firewall.



He's in! What do I do?

OK. Suppose that a hacker has already gotten into your computer, bypassed your antivirus, firewall, and anti-spyware software, and that there is a backdoor program running on your system right now. How do you find and destroy it?

Well, first, let's think about this logically. A backdoor program, to be effective, needs to run every time you start your computer. Therefore it has to be on a startup list. So let's examine the startup list manually. Go to start-->run and type "regedit". Then use the treelist control left of the screen to navigate your way to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run.

This is list of the programs that are set to run every time your computer starts up. Go through them, looking for odd filenames. Now you may be asking: what makes an odd filename? Generally, a hacker will do one of two things: he will create a pseudo-random filename (e.g. "adflkj.exe") or one that imitates a program on your computer, e.g. "svchost.exe". Very rarely, you'll see something like "trojan.exe" but that's just ridiculous and stupid on the hacker's behalf. Let's assume you don't see any pseudo-random filenames you didn't already know and that there aren't any "ripoff.exe" programs hanging around. You must verify that the processes in the list are in the right local path. There can be more than one "svchost.exe" running at once, but they may not all come from the windows directory where the real svchost program is located. Generally, if you google these programs you can find out where they're supposed to be located. Any discrepancies should be taken as suspicious, but don't start trashing everything that doesn't follow your expectations!!

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Re: How to keep your computer safe
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 01:19:43 pm »
my computer is work good , i use norton antivirus . i want to buy norton antivirus the last version 2012. Anybody use that?
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Re: How to keep your computer safe
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 01:30:16 pm »
Norton is not so effective like Kaspersky Pure.
I recommend this one.
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Re: How to keep your computer safe
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2013, 04:21:42 pm »
Quality and well configured firewall + anti-malware software can protect your computer as good as antiviruses.
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Re: How to keep your computer safe
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2013, 08:06:35 am »
Computer security is a must when working online. Always keep your PC updated with the anti-virus software in order to prevent virus attacks.


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Re: How to keep your computer safe
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2013, 08:44:41 am »
Installing antivirus software is the best solution to protect your computer from virus attacks. If you want to protect someone else using your computer, then using password protection is the best solution.
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Re: How to keep your computer safe
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2015, 09:43:59 pm »
Hi, im using:
- SpyShelter Personal Free to protect from Keyloggers
- Spybot S&D 1.x.x (from oldversion.com) + its Tea Timer
- Firefox browser with NoScript, AdBlock Plus, Ghostery addons to protect from website attacks and tracking cookies
- Private SOCKS proxy to protect my data thru the internet
- Using 3 kind of passwords, one for banking, one for money accounts one for normal accounts and one for suspicious sties
- using Truecrypt to encrypt all my webbrowser data
- storing my passwords in encrypted database of KeePass