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Enough Or Too Much Protection?


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#1 Florida Girl

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 12:58 PM

I have the following protection on my computer - do I have too much? not enough? Suggestions and/or comments would be appreciated.

McAfee Virus Scan
McAfee Personal Firewall Plus
McAfee Privacy Service
McAfee Spam Killer

Spybot S&D

Windows Defender

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#2 Walkman

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 01:25 PM

To help with your protection level, you may want to consider these FREE programs.

PeerGuardian 2
http://phoenixlabs.org
PeerGuardian 2 is an ip blocking tool which blocks unwanted ip addresses and web sites from connecting to your computer. If you are a p2p user or you're concerned about your online security, you should not surf the Internet without a tool such as this.

Below is a thread about why you will want to use PeerGuardian 2
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...=25&t=77853

Another protection tool (ip & surfing privacy) is:
TOR/Privoxy
http://tor.eff.org/
Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.

Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves.

Those programs will add some extra protection for you.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 01:45 PM

hmm... I think this is enough to protect your pc. But Walkman is right, it would be good to secure also P2P connections.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 02:23 PM

There is no harm, and a great benefit, with having several anti-spyware applications on your computer, since one will look for and therefore find some items the others may not. Ad-AwareSE or AVG A-S are both free and exceptional products.
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#5 Florida Girl

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 09:41 AM

Thank you for your replies/assistance but now I have two more questions:

What is P2P?

And why are those Google ads on my question?

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 10:09 AM

P2P = Peer to Peer. It is a method of sharing files amongst 2 or more people, with everyone sharing justs parts of their complete files to those connected to it, eliminating the strain on just one person's bandwidth.

In other words, if you wanted a file, and you clicked on it to download it, using a p2p program, there may be 20 people with that same file you want, and you will get the complete file, but it will come from all of the 20 people. Each one sends you a piece to the puzzle, until you have the complete package. Although it's deemed as being illegal (it's legally not illegal to p2p), but this way it can't be said that you shared a file, when in fact you only shared part of it.

But anyway... companies monitor and try to track anyone using p2p, so they can prosecute them. Again, p2p isn't illegal, it's just that some people use them to share files that are deemed under the DRM (Digital Rights Management) laws. Programs like PeerGuardian 2 will block all of those companies from connecting to your computer. Right now, there are over 2 billion ip's that I am currently blocking from connecting to my computer.

But even if you're not using any p2p programs or doing such, you just don't want them connecting to your computer, probing you, and tracking what you do on the Internet.

And why are those Google ads on my question?

Are you talking about Google being on a blocked list? If you are talking about that, it's because Google claims that they weren't going to comply with the Government with handing over their records concerning all the searches that people have searched for. So, since they put alot of doubt in what the truth really is, they are on a blocked list of ip's one should be careful of. And they do keep records of what you've searched for, along with your ip address. And, besides that, Google uses ads and such that monitor and possibly track you. But Google isn't the only search engine on the blocked list. There are more, but Google is the most exposed one of them all, and people believe that the Government is monitoring and (or) working within Google's operation. Who know? But... I guess it's better safe than sorry.

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:38 PM

And why are those Google ads on my question?


Are you logged in or not logged in when you see those google ads?

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