Hi guys, I know this is a bit long but bare with me. I have several questions about various things and this site has helped me greatly in the past as far as previous security questions I've had. Also, to the moderators and creators of this board, I have skimmed other recent threads to make sure I'm not repeating questions and I didn't not find any other threads specifically about keyloggers. I apologize in advance if some of the stuff I'm asking below has been repeated elsewhere. Thankyou for your patience and this wonderful site. Being a moderator is a thankless job and I like to give moderators kudos every once in a while. (I'm a member on various message boards and moderators have to deal with so much crap sometimes from members on certain message boards. You guys do a great job and put in a lot of work that is usually under-appreciated so I just wanted to say thankyou since I don't visit this board that much unless I'm having an "issue".)
Ok, onto my questions...I've been doing some research on keyloggers and apparently, even though I have three different anti-spyware programs, an anti-virus program, a firewall, and I've switched to the Mozilla browser, none of these things can prevent all keyloggers.
I was reading about keyloggers and even specific anti-keylogger programs cannot protect against all types of keyloggers. Even using a virtual keyboard, is not enough. This is a good article below and it discusses the different types of keyloggers but this article made me realize that no security program will ever be enough:http://www.securityfocus.com/print/infocus/1829
I read that it is very important to avoid clicking on pop up ads, unkown email, banner ads, unfamilier sites, etc, etc. I've always known this and I try to be careful, but sometimes you just accidently open something or click on something on a site (like a banner ad that can have spyware in it) and then its too late.
Here are the security programs I have so far: AVG free edition anti virus
Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite (their top of the line one for private home computers)
A free version of A-Squared for dialers, worms, trojans, spyware signatures, etc
Ad-Aware SE Personal (free version)
But I'm not sure which of these protects against keyloggers or if they even protect against keyloggers at all. Even though anti-keylogger programs cannot protect against all types of keyloggers, are there any programs that you'd still recommend since something is better then nothing?
Other questions...McAfee virsus Zone Alarm:
We have a brand new computer and it has Windows XP on it. (we got a Gateway GT5032) When we got the computer, it was already preloaded with McAfee which seems to offer more types of features then the Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite I got. But we only had a free trial for McAfee for three months. When it expired and I checked the site to possibly subscribe, it turns out that all the features on McAfee have to be subscribed to seperately. (McAfee has antispam, anti-virus, a firewall, a privacy service, etc, and they were all listed seperately for me to upgrade) And each one is around $40 which would be a fortune. I can't afford that. That's why I got the paid Zone Alarm program because it was around $50 for the entire thing and I wanted something better then the free edition of Zone Alarm but cheaper then McAfee. I'm hoping this Zone Alarm program is enough since McAfee seemed to have so many more features as far as privacy protection features. I've used the free edition of Zone Alarm in the past and I've been pleased with it. Is the paid Zone Alarm program enough or is McAfee better? Instant Messenger programs
: Here's the other problem with spyware. I use Yahoo Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger and keyloggers and other types of spyware can get into instant messenger program and chat rooms you might be on easily because they tend to be more vunerable. Are there Intstant Messenger programs that are less vunerable overall? Or, as long as I'm using all of my security programs, Yahoo IM and MSN IM should be ok to use? Secure email programs:
What about email? I change my email passwords on a regular basis and I've always used Yahoo email which I've never had trouble with and I make sure to delete all spam and bulk emails or emails where I have no idea who sent them or where they came from. But, because I'm human, over the years I have accidently clicked on a "mystery" email from time to time when I've "forgotten" to be careful. Should I switch from Yahoo email to a more type of secure email service? (please let it be free if you list any suggestions because my funds are tight) Surfing the web more anonymously:
The other thing I was wondering about is surfing the web anonymously. How do you do that? Or using email addresses that are "invisible" and non-trackable? There is a name for these types of email services but I forget what they are called.
You know, its gotten to the point where you can't even enjoy surfing the web anymore because you have to be so worried about any unfamiliar sites you might open or something you might accidently click on, or if you should even check your bank account online even though its supposedly on a "secure" site. I love the Internet but keeping up on Internet security can be a daunting task sometimes.
And one last question...Dial up virsus DSL:
The other thing you need to know is I have dial up service from NetZero. I've heard that it can be easier for hackers to get into your computer with DSL then with dial up. I would love to upgrade to DSL, but now I'm paranoid about that.
If you know of anything else I can do to keep my computer more secure in addition to all the things I've done so far, please feel free to share. Or, if you know of other threads on this site where my specific questions have already been answered, feel free to just post the link for me and then you don't have to repeat yourself and type a long answer.
And finally, thankyou for taking the time to read this long post!