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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:25 AM

I'm just wondering what's the best security methods on keeping the computer safe. Here are some ideas:
1. Make sure you have all the recent updates to windows or whatever OS you have
2. Turn on Firewall
3. Get an Anti-Virus/ Anti-Spyware program make sure it's updated
4. Get the latest version of IE
5. Turn on the IE Security to at least medium-high since high is not functional. high for restricted sites though, turn on popup blocker, and privacy level to med-high or med.
6. Get site advising add-ons WOT is one of my favorites: http://www.mywot.com/en/download/ie siteadvisor: http://www.siteadvisor.com/download/ie.html linkscanner: http://www.explabs.com/products/
7. Get add-blocking add-ons. Not only do they block some things from bad sites but they also allow the browser to go faster.
8. Don't go on suspicious sites, unknown sites that offer you free downloads/things, warez/ crack sites I got a trojan from them :flowers:.
9. Get an anti-spam program and don't click on messages from unknown people.
10. Clear privacy data with high overwrite with programs like CCleaner
11. check comments on things you are about to download to see if anyone said anything about malware or problems.
That's all I could think of. If you have anything to say you can comment :thumbsup:
There's some links also on the pinned list http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/123660/best-practices-internet-safety-for-2008/ http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/2520/how-did-i-get-infected/ http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/1628/simple-steps-to-keep-your-computer-secure/
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#2 Kristopher McDougall

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:32 AM

I would actually say use a different browser than IE. Maybe Firefox or Opera. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:40 AM

I have to agree with that but having too many browsers can take up all the computer resources. It's in one of the topics too. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 08:41 AM

IE is a resource hog anyway. Opera is quiet light on system resources.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 08:45 AM

I would certainly recommend having at least two Anti-spyware applications installed, avoiding the use of Windows firewall and Windows IE completely, the former is incomplete protection, the latter is part of the Windows Operating System and a target for every malware programmer in the world.
I also think the points about being a careful and cautious downloader and browser is extremely important; far too many computer users rely on their software for complete protection against malware and not enough on their own common sense.
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 10:13 AM

far too many computer users rely on their software for complete protection against malware and not enough on their own common sense


I agree. I mean come on, your security software isn't going to protect you from being careless I think one of the most important things when it comes to computer security is common sense because the majority of virus infections are from people being careless.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 02:38 PM

I will throw in a very generous helping of computer -user common sense

sadly this very needed aspect OF computer 'security' seems all too frequently missing as folks seem to expect their computer security to shield them from all adversity :flowers:

then get a huge surprise when an infection rears it head :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 05:45 PM

Yeah this isn't a protection method I'm just asking how to improve it :flowers: and other ideas on protection methods. the way to avoid malware completely is to not have internet at all and install no programs :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 04:26 PM

Take a look at this:

Safe Hex - Safe Computing Tips
http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 04:32 PM

Okay thanks. The problem with opera is, opera doesn't have mcafee site advisor compatibility I think only firefox :flowers:? :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 06:07 PM

You're welcome. There is a SiteAdvisor plug-in for Firefox, but nothing for Opera.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 10:40 PM

Opera has fraud protection built in. You just have to make sure it's enabled. Read here for info & steps to see if it's enabled:

Opera Fraud Protection

In addition, here is a link for ad blockers for Opera:

Opera ad block Filters

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 12:16 AM

There is a SiteAdvisor plug-in for Firefox, but nothing for Opera.

I personally am quite glad of that. I prefer to do my own thinking about web sites. Not rely on an unknown entitites draconian tactics of site rating, make my mind up for me regarding what is safe and what isn't. How are people going to learn safe surfing if they don't learn, just click, and let a website choose for you?

Sounds an awful lot like walled garden web use to me. Can you spell AOL, using the letters McAfee.

Just my personal opinion.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 01:24 AM

Opera has fraud protection built in. You just have to make sure it's enabled. Read here for info & steps to see if it's enabled:

Opera Fraud Protection

In addition, here is a link for ad blockers for Opera:

Opera ad block Filters


I agree on this.

Common Sense is definitely part of your PC Security! (Along with a Good AV (NOD32, Avast!) and Firewall (Comodo Firewall Pro 3), and Some good AS (Spybot & SUPERAntispyware), You should be fine! AVOID PORN SITES, etc.

My Personal Opinion...

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:03 AM

There is a SiteAdvisor plug-in for Firefox, but nothing for Opera.

I personally am quite glad of that. I prefer to do my own thinking about web sites. Not rely on an unknown entitites draconian tactics of site rating, make my mind up for me regarding what is safe and what isn't. How are people going to learn safe surfing if they don't learn, just click, and let a website choose for you?

Sounds an awful lot like walled garden web use to me. Can you spell AOL, using the letters McAfee.

Just my personal opinion.


I agree with you. The main problem is users who do not think before they click and not wanting to learn, but just do it and then blame anyone but themselves for the malware on their computer(s).




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