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For the masses - I've set my wifes PC up with these tips and have not got any bad feedback smile.gif

1. The No.1 most effective way to keep yourself safe online is to run as a standard user, with UAC on, on Windows 7/Vista. Running with administrator rights is and always will be a massive dent in your cyber armour!

- Have two accounts: 1 Admin account with a password and 1 standard user (everyday) account with a password different to the admin account.

2. Turn off uPnP in your router, no one does it, but if a trojan does sneak in it's extremely hard for it to dial to the outside. Remember the trojan has to ask for information to be sent to it, the router will reject anything sent to your ip, but not requested.

3. As usual keep a quality A/V and Firewall updated and running.

4. If you wish, update your HOSTS file with a list of known malicious IPs and web addresses. Download it here

For people serious about security

5: If your on the road, consider an SSD encrypted with Truecrypt or Bitlocker. The SSD takes the sting out of full drive encryption.

I prefer to fully encrypt my drive as i feel securing sensitive files is not enough. Say someone steals your laptop and you have your work, tax slips, financial information all secured in a truecrypt vault then that is all protected, but do remember that everything else is not encrypted:

Email (if you use an email client)
Pictures
Web history and any webpages you leave ticked as 'log me in automatically'
temporary files
and the list goes on.

A theif can gain an enourmous amount of personal information just from those things i mentioned above. I for one would not want some theif to get pictures of my baby girl!

6: Consider getting some form of password manager like Keypass or even an Ironkey and then creating some random passwords for your online banking.

I guess the list goes on, but the first 4 would be resonable for msot users biggrin.gif
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THIS! OMG I love deep freeze <3 <3 <33
Does it reset everything back to the way it was when you "froze" the computer, or only some things? Is it customizable?
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i've yet to have virus problems on m 9 computers and i dont use firewall or antivirus's i guess i'm just awesome
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You all are making this WAY too complicated. What in god's name are you doing that requires you to restore a disk image after you browse the internet? Any way I suggest something simple like Returnil. You won't need to reload a disk image because when you want to do something dangerous, load Returnil, do your browsing, then reboot and the Pc is the way it was before. But this is overkill.

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Lets assume that you just built a brand new computer (OS = Win7), what are your steps/programs to keep it "safe" ?
If I built a brand new computer:

1. Install the OS with the internet disconnected
2. Create a standard user account after the install
3. Remove File and printer sharing for Microsoft networks
3. Install your Comodo Internet Security and Sandboxie
4. Run Windows Update
5. You are now safe. There is no other program on the face of the earth (yet) that will keep you any safer. If you don't believe me, check out this http://www.matousec.com/projects/pro...ge/results.php


If you want to browse with absolute security, use a Linux live CD and save your downloads to a thumb drive.
Edited by aweir - 2/18/11 at 10:27pm
post #45 of 54
Symantec Endpoint. End of story.
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Symantec? haha LOL. If you like to blow your money on the most overpriced junk in existence.

Look at the link I supplied. They should be ashamed to call it a security suite..http://www.matousec.com/projects/pro...ge/results.php
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post #47 of 54
i like how i mention common sense and so do thers after me
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Does it reset everything back to the way it was when you "froze" the computer, or only some things? Is it customizable?
yes everything. you can only make changes in a thawed state.
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post #49 of 54
Common sense isn't always enough. I drive with common sense but I still wear my seatbelt.
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I haven't installed any malware protection on any of my computers for years now and I have never gotten infected. I guess I could have gotten something but it just didn't slow my computer down but most bad viruses really make your computer sluggish and act strange... which I never had happen so I guess I have never got anything bad. Some of the stuff I have seen on other peoples desktops though is just like how in the hell did you get this?

I do a lot of pretty bad stuff on my PC too... I just don't understand how some people get these stupid viruses. All I do is avoid those stupid phishing emails, don't download unknown files, and rely on my browser protection to keep me out of unsafe websites.
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