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Is Any Web Site Safe?


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#1 Animal

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 04:16 PM

The title of this post was the title of a San Francisco Chronicle article by Deborah Gage with today's date:

Criminal attacks against major Web sites have grown so common that Internet users have no reliable way to know which sites are safe to visit, no matter how well known those destinations are, security experts say.

News of the latest attack comes from Finjan, an Israeli security firm, which is reporting today that last month it found a large cache of information - including confidential medical records, financial records and business e-mails - sitting unprotected on a computer network server in Malaysia.

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 09:35 PM

well,that's disturbing and a little annoying. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:47 PM

Is bleeping computer safe? :thumbsup: On a serious note,yes,its disturbing & annoying.
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 11:17 PM

Which is why I still snail mail my tax return amonst other things.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 11:10 AM

Hopefully soon enough we will all upgrade to the grid and start back at level 1. It might take at least a few weeks for spammers and malware creators to catch up... maybe...

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 04:41 PM

pulling the plug is the best way to stay safe.:thumbsup:
There is Mcafee site adviser. Works great
http://www.siteadvisor.com

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 11:59 AM

pulling the plug is the best way to stay safe.:flowers:
There is Mcafee site adviser. Works great
http://www.siteadvisor.com

there IS...provided your windows version is compatible with it :thumbsup:

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 02:56 AM

One of the many things you must do is become invisiable on the web. Use a anomyous proxy and a filter program to control all the signals that flow on the internet. Plus a good firewall that can make your ports stealth. A nice Port Blocker. Do not use ie browser. This is the basic start, and also the anti virus, adware blocker and a rootkit detection, trojan scanner/blocker. By the time you do all this, you computer may come to a crawl. So practice good security procedures. And do plenty of backups. Then you dont care if your computer gets hit. You can always restore it from the original disk and your backups.

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 07:07 PM

I find that using Firefox with the NoScript addon can protect a user from a great many threats that are out there. Firefox is (in many people's opinion, including mine) a more secure browser than Internet Explorer to begin with, and the NoScript addon will prevent any website from running javascripts without your explicit permission. It also blocks Java, Flash, Silverlight, and other plugins until you give your say so. Get Firefox; Get NoScript

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 09:10 AM

I'm with Amazing Andrew - Firefox with NoScript works best for me. And I'm with boopme on snail mail for tax returns. As to siteadvisor - I use it occassionally to check out a site but not solely.

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 09:31 PM

I only use Firefox, and Commodo firewall, works pretty good.

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 09:40 PM

As to siteadvisor - I use it occassionally to check out a site but not solely.


I recommend adding LinkScanner to your list to check out site URLs.
While I have the PRO version, there is a free on-line scan that anyone may use as much as one wants.
http://linkscanner.explabs.com/linkscanner/default.asp
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 06:54 AM

As to siteadvisor - I use it occassionally to check out a site but not solely.


I recommend adding LinkScanner to your list to check out site URLs.
While I have the PRO version, there is a free on-line scan that anyone may use as much as one wants.
http://linkscanner.explabs.com/linkscanner/default.asp


Glad you brought that up - I'll check it out.




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