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Simple Overlooked Security Breach?

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#1 ghead


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Posted 16 June 2010 - 04:54 AM

It came to mind that a feature that is used on forum boards and many file sharing sites and other avenue's all have a feature that we all use and are aware of.
Whenever we want to upload a file there is a browse feature that lets you access your computer to look for a file to upload. Now maybe most of you already know how to protect against this or that maybe it's harmless, but since I'm not computer savvy, it seems to me like this is a very easy portal into accessing any part of your computer and bypassing any kind of firewall or antivirus program you have, where a hacker or data thief could grab any kind of file or information you have stored on your computer to steel it or to spy on you. Is this a possibility? Or is it because I don't understand exactly how this feature accesses your computer?
What is actually happening when this feature is used by both your computer and the website/internet? Is there a way to disable it? Also is there anyway to use this browse/upload feature in a secure way like through SSL or proxy for sites like this?

Let me now if I'm just being paranoid

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