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It seems every other week someone constantly asks about what is the best Protection. The answer is really simple. All Operating Systems will be chucked full of vulnerabilities. The worst of any is Windows which if not taking some sort of precaution will leave you exposed for all kinds of nasty stuff.

Everyone constantly says get this AV, no no wait you need this AV oh don't forget get this Spyware protection oh don't forget this Adware protection.

I suggest to you the consumer and OC community the fore mentioned approach is old and arcane. The better solution would be to run a more secure OS. However I know of many reasons many refuse to do this. So with that said there are other alternatives.

Step 1. For the community that have only ever ran Windows and are timid about using anything else. I suggest that you first back up your data making sure it is clean of all malware.

Step 2. Download Ubuntu (or what ever Linux distro of your choosing, I suggest Ubuntu for the new to Linux user) http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop and install this new OS.

Step 3. Download and install VirtualBox (get appropriate OS version) https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

Step 4. Install your Windows OS in a VM, then save the state using "snapshots"

Step 5. Install your additional Software in that Windows VM, then save the state using "snapshots"

Step 6. Patch the OS and Software of the Windows VM, then save the state using "snapshots"

When it comes to mail or your casual Browsing which is where 95% of all malware comes from open it in this Windows VM. Don't worry about a dam Anti-Virus, Spam protection, or all the other protection mechanisms as you will not be saving the state from here on and will be essentially reverting back to the safe state each and every time you reload your machine.

Now i know there are those that will say wait I game and I can't use VM's or Windows because of the graphics limitations... Well Intel came out with this nice little thing called vt-d. Is there a limitation with this at the moment yes as no K sku CPU has the vt-d enabled on it. So this will go against the norm of OCN limiting your OC if any. However this is the best way to ensure you stay in a secure state.

Are there trade offs yes, do you get the best security or do you get the best OC/graphics. If you don't need the best graphics for games and then you don't necessarily need vt-d and your K sku will still allow you to have an OC while still being able to have a safe and secure system.wink.gif
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1)You need IMMOU / VT-D on both the proc and the mobo

2) If you are using linux with windows to casual browse / mail, then why emulate windows tongue.gif?

3) if your using linux, why not use qemu / KVM which has better (well it used to) support for pci-e passthough wink.gif

4) Why not just use a encrypted virtual container within windows and not have to mess with
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The point was to do this for a novice user, which like it or not 75% of the people that look in the Net & Sec section of OCN are. Just look at 90% of the threads.
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INsalling linux ius way more than novice though,


A live cd would be a better choice, just burn it and pop it in whenever you do banking / stuff you wanna keep non virused
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INsalling linux ius way more than novice though,


A live cd would be a better choice, just burn it and pop it in whenever you do banking / stuff you wanna keep non virused

Have you ever installed Ubuntu??? It's as simple as Windows installation and with 13.04 everything works immediately... Oh are you talking well the add-on like Java or other crap that isn't installed on Windows either? The only thing you need to install in addition is IcedTea with 13.04 It already has Libra office installed, Mozilla Thunderbird is there.

Yeah they could run Linux on a Stick or cd but why would you want to wait for 5 min for the dam OS to load ... that would be a pain in the ass and would irritate the crap out of me, especially when 13.04 boots faster than W8.

You know I really don't give a rats azz what they load. All I know is every other god dam week we see some dumb azz comment about which AV, I have this virus. Well if they want to continue being a donk I could care less.
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Installing linux and then virtualize windows is not something i would recommend to a novice user.
the best protection is knowing the basics of how you would get viruses and install security updates, being informed and thinking before you install everything you come across on the internet will go a long way
    
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the best protection is knowing the basics of how you would get viruses and install security updates, being informed and thinking before you install everything you come across on the internet will go a long way

Really??? Why don't you do a little more research here is a starter. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/310268-bing-delivers-five-times-as-many-malicious-websites-as-google
or how about this one... this is the most recent for the facebook users. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/malware-that-drains-your-bank-account-thriving-on-facebook/
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you don`t need to be aggressive i know the flaws windows have in terms of security but saying Linux do not solve the worlds problems. if you can do the switch then fine, i just pointed out that informing yourself about the general dangers of getting infected and e-mail can be just as good and keep installing those security updates
    
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Have you ever installed Ubuntu??? It's as simple as Windows installation and with 13.04 everything works immediately... Oh are you talking well the add-on like Java or other crap that isn't installed on Windows either? The only thing you need to install in addition is IcedTea with 13.04 It already has Libra office installed, Mozilla Thunderbird is there.

Yeah they could run Linux on a Stick or cd but why would you want to wait for 5 min for the dam OS to load ... that would be a pain in the ass and would irritate the crap out of me, especially when 13.04 boots faster than W8.

You know I really don't give a rats azz what they load. All I know is every other god dam week we see some dumb azz comment about which AV, I have this virus. Well if they want to continue being a donk I could care less.

Yeh i have installed it and I use linux every day, and ive had the headache of things not working, a drop out to term when it didnt shut down properly, and the "but wheres the start button" from my grilfreind after i took windows off her as she got too many viruses (ha xD). Yes its good but it doest "feel" like windows, the Unity UI is a down right pain in the ass now days and has took a step back from gnome 2 and even gnome 3 , "users" look for fammilar settings so mint would be a much better choice, yeh its getting better and to me it can replace windows if it wasnt for games (prefer fedora). And dont say windows uses dont use the no shines y windows icon start button tongue.gif

And win 8 boots faster then buntu in my experaince ;D it allmost like booting it from sleep, adn live cd's dont take 5 mins tongue.gif


I know seeing dumb comments is annoying, but this wont help at all xD! i mean look at all the like to win a zillion pounds, its stupid, but people still like n share

Common sense dosnt exist in the user world, else most virus's would disapear. Common sense goes a long long way, not been infected by anything yet (part from ones done on purpose heh)
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