Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


A couple of Questions on Staying Secure

  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 TonyMan13


  • Members
  • 1 posts
  • Local time:04:51 AM

Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:48 PM

Sorry if this sound real basic, but I have a couple of things I was wondering about.
1. I've used Kaspersky Antivirus for a couple of years now. Lately I have seen stories indicating this company could have ties to Russian folks who work for what is now the successor to the KGB. Is this info accurate and should Kaspersky users think about using something else?
2. I have an Xfinity modem/router & use Kaspersky. Should I also run Windows firewall? I figure the router has a firewall and wondering about having 2.
3. The latest news stories about ransom ware in Europe & Asia are getting a lot of coverage. Is an antivirus program and the free version of Malwarebytes enough to keep a home user safe?

Edit: Moved topic from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 Crazy Cat

Crazy Cat

  • Members
  • 808 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Lunatic Asylum
  • Local time:09:51 PM

Posted 15 May 2017 - 11:09 PM

(1) Have you ever heard the saying, "all things being equal", well do you think the CIA, NSA, and Microsoft are in bed together?

(2) Yes, run 1 software firewall only, at least the Windows firewall, or better ZoneAlarm, or see here https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/222/firewall-software-and-hardware/

(3) No anti-virus, or malware scanners, would stop a Zero-Day SMB exploit in Windows operating system, UNTIL the Zero-Day exploit is discovered and patched.

Microsoft Exec Blames WannaCry Ransomware on NSA Vulnerability Hoarding Program. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/government/microsoft-exec-blames-wannacry-ransomware-on-nsa-vulnerability-hoarding-program/

Edited by Crazy Cat, 15 May 2017 - 11:12 PM.


Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. ― Albert Einstein ― Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.



#3 quietman7


    Bleepin' Janitor

  • Global Moderator
  • 52,056 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Virginia, USA
  • Local time:04:51 AM

Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:47 AM

No amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice safe computing and stay informed. It has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor (weakest link) in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software.

Security is all about layers and not depending on any one solution, technology or approach to protect yourself from cyber-criminals. The most important layer is you...the first and last line of defense. Security begins with personal responsibility and includes a comprehensive approach. Common sense, good security habits, safe surfing, understanding security and safe computing are essential to protecting yourself from malware infection. Thus, a multi-layered defense using an anti-malware and anti-exploit solution to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and following Best Practices for Safe Computing provides the most complete protection.

The end user needs to constantly educate about the latest malware threats and those recommendations by security experts on how to protect themselves. If the user is an employee of an organization, that also means following policy and procedures for the use of computer equipment and related resources implemented by the agency IT Department. Knowledge and the ability to use it is the best defensive tool anyone can have.

Windows Insider MVP 2017-2018
Microsoft MVP Reconnect 2016
Microsoft MVP Consumer Security 2007-2015 kO7xOZh.gif
Member of UNITE, Unified Network of Instructors and Trusted Eliminators

If I have been helpful & you'd like to consider a donation, click 38WxTfO.gif

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users