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Safety of BC?


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#1 Quevvy

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:22 PM

How can I be sure that this site is secure and that no harm is being done to my computer? I have tried looking for the verifications of this site's reliability and I cannot find a lot.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 03:10 PM

If this is a main concern, Why didn't you ask that 6 months ago?
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 03:30 PM

As someone who joined during the malware olympics (August 2008) I can tell you a couple things (and I am not a techie):

I have never been swamped from spam that suggests this site is infected with spambots; I have been from other sites.

The very few ads that have been posted here are very plain, in type-face and not with elaborate colors or movement, so they are unlikely to be infected with Java or Javascript, which is a problem with a lot of legitimate sites.

This site does not bring my firewall down when I log in.

Just my 2 cents worth (adjust for inflation).

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 03:54 PM

If this is a main concern, Why didn't you ask that 6 months ago?
Just a thought


Heck, make that 1 year and 6 months ago!

My opinion - the site is safe and the help it provides on the Internet is second to none.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:02 PM

Not only is this site safe, but the Mods here patrol it to keep it so.

Try spamming us and see what happens. Ooops, you'll never see the result.....
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:48 PM

I notice that no one has given a straight answer but only their opinions...

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:53 PM

Point blank!

Read our board. Staff and advisors are trusted!

Find another site if you will/choose to do so.

This topic is now closed.
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:44 PM

I reopened this topic.

Yes this site is safe. Then again, how can you trust what we say is the truth? ;)

Instead, maybe you should see what others have to say:

http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/www.bleepingcomputer.com
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/bleepingcomputer.com
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/9125/your-bleeping-computer-experience/

My suggestion. Just look through the site. I think you will find that we are not only safe, but an incredible resource for a computer user.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:45 PM

We prefer not to reveal the procedures that are in place
Why shoot ourselves in the foot

Edited by garmanma, 28 December 2008 - 08:46 PM.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:47 PM

Oh, I forgot to ask. You are a norton/symantec user, right? Is that why you think we are unsafe?

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:35 PM

If his isp is Earthlink, he would be using Norton/Symantec by default unless he chose to download other programs.

I have been looking to change from EL. Not only do they charge for security that didn't do a great job this summer, there have been a number of questions raised about the quality of Norton/Symantec, which once was quite good.

But Windows update downloads and Google have also been having a lot of problems recently.

I should think that if malware designers wanted to target sites, they would target the ones for major newspaper or political blogs that get a lot of traffic and have many, many ads. It would be too easy to track a hacker down from a site like this one. They keep it plain and simple (to my untrained eye).

One thing I have noticed, however, is that if you are not a business, but a home user, and you use the encryption and java disabling add-ons to an extreme (which I have done), some sites will make it very difficult for you to access them. The sites will assume that you mean them ill, when perhaps you are being excessively cautious. They have automatic protections. If they can't read your site properly, those sites won't let you on. But sometimes it is your security software that won't let you enter those sites. So I have been trying to learn how to use my add-ons properly. But sometimes your security settings will be changed by the regular updates from your browser and your search engine. What they believe you should keep transparent and what secure will not be the same as you believe on those matters.

Also, remember that at this time of year the internet is overloaded and cannot handle all the traffic, plus some popular sites will be likely targets for hackers and malware designers. Where has your browser been lately?

I am suggesting this because you have even less info on your technical profile than I do. In my case it is because of technical ignorance, near-sightedness, creaky bones and procrastination.
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:49 PM

FWIW

I have been using this site daily for years and have never experienced the slightest problem.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:04 AM

Here is what Norton thinks of BC:

https://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=...ingcomputer.com

Following Grinler's links and everybodys input I'd say you are pretty safe :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:36 AM

I notice that no one has given a straight answer but only their opinions...

As a humble members we can only give you our opinions, it is safe.
If you Don't trust the Admins and Mods opinions, who can trust Quevvy?

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:25 PM

Is this site safe? Yes. Why? Because I say so!

Seriously, surfing the web is a dangerous activity. And you just can't take anyone's word for what they say/do.
But this isn't an issue about how safe the site is, but rather it's an issue of trust.

If we earn your trust, you'll feel safe here.
And trust is a hard thing to earn - the best way being repeated good behavior and intentions.

How do you determine that? Well, that's not easy - but there are varying degrees of trust.
You've given a bit of trust in just venturing out into the Internet.
Beyond that you've gotta decide for yourself.

Place your trust wisely, and you'll come out OK
Place it poorly, and you'll stand to lose a lot.

Finally, Google is your friend. Google around and read enough and you'll get a pretty good picture of the status of what you're googling. For example, google for "Bleeping Computer" and you'll get a lot of good stuff with comparatively little bad stuff. Then do research on those giving good stuff and on those giving bad stuff - eventually you'll be able to narrow it down in such a way that it answers your question.

Good luck and safe surfing! :thumbsup:
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