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Running MSE.
Weekly Malware bytes scans
Default windows firewall
Dodgy sites in a vm

Btw Ubuntu vm would be waaaaaaaaay safer than xp vm?

Basically I would like a better firewall
Any other good software?
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Ubuntu, with Windows in a VM, would be much safer.
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Originally Posted by error10 View Post
Ubuntu, with Windows in a VM, would be much safer.
Might do it once I get more competent with linux
How is linux > windows networking? Do they play nice or ddos eachother
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Originally Posted by nukefission View Post
Might do it once I get more competent with linux
How is linux > windows networking? Do they play nice or ddos eachother
Linux is much, MUCH better. For instance, I get about 120ms less latency in World of Warcraft.
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Quote:
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Whoops forgot about that
Already did it
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post #7 of 10
Quick rundown of some essential security tips:

  • If possible, disable UPnP and NAT-PMP on your router. If something bad gets into your network, it's not good if it can open ports.
  • Make sure your router is not pingable from the internet and you don't have any open or "closed" ports unless needed. You can check with ShieldsUP! at http://www.grc.com/.
  • Make sure your router is not using the default admin password and that it's not open to remote administration.
  • If not already, use WPA or WPA2 for your wireless network. With a good password, there's really no need for MAC filtering or hiding the SSID.
  • Optional: Use a third party DNS service such as OpenDNS. If you happen to come across a bad domain, it will be blocked automatically. This is configurable if you setup an account on their site. Con: As they provide the service free of charge, if you mistype a domain name, you will be re-directed to a search page with some ads.
  • As MCBrown.CA suggested use a hosts file for blocking. MVPS is a good option.
  • Do not use an account with administrative rights. Even with Vista and Windows 7 where you get a UAC promt when admin rights are needed, it's better to just use a restricted account and have an alternate account when admin rights are needed.
  • Enable system-wide DEP in Windows (usually only set to run for some system processes).
  • Use Firefox or Chrome as your primary browser as they are usually much more secure.
  • Whether or not you agree with ad-blocking, exploits can be embedded into ads targeting browser or OS vulnerabilities, so ad-blocking is recommended.
  • Use some type of blocker for browser plugins as to avoid Flash and Java running automatically. Blocking JavaScript by default is also recommended, although it might be a bit annoying.
  • Disable third party cookies in your browsers.
  • Try to avoid using mainstream applications such as Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, etc. Try alternates such as SumatraPDF, VLC, foobar2000, etc.
  • Keep your apps up to date to avoid exploits. You can easily do this with the FileHippo.com update checker and Secunia PSI. Secunia PSI will scan your entire system for outdated and vulnerable software and tell you how to fix it.

There's so much more, but that's all I can think of at the moment
Edited by DataX - 4/1/11 at 2:56pm
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Originally Posted by DataX View Post
Quick rundown of some essential security tips:

  • If possible, disable UPnP and NAT-PMP on your router. If something bad gets into your network, it's not good if it can open ports.
  • Make sure your router is not pingable from the internet and you don't have any open or "closed" ports unless needed. You can check with ShieldsUP! at http://www.grc.com/.
  • Make sure your router is not using the default admin password and that it's not open to remote administration.
  • If not already, use WPA or WPA2 for your wireless network. With a good password, there's really no need for MAC filtering or hiding the SSID.
  • Optional: Use a third party DNS service such as OpenDNS. If you happen to come across a bad domain, it will be blocked automatically. This is configurable if you setup an account on their site. Con: As they provide the service free of charge, if you mistype a domain name, you will be re-directed to a search page with some ads.
  • As MCBrown.CA suggested use a hosts file for blocking. MVPS is a good option.
  • Do not use an account with administrative rights. Even with Vista and Windows 7 where you get a UAC promt when admin rights are needed, it's better to just use a restricted account and have an alternate account when admin rights are needed.
  • Enable system-wide DEP in Windows (usually only set to run for some system processes).
  • Use Firefox or Chrome as your primary browser as they are usually much more secure.
  • Whether or not you agree with ad-blocking, exploits can be embedded into ads targeting browser or OS vulnerabilities, so ad-blocking is recommended.
  • Use some type of blocker for browser plugins as to avoid Flash and Java running automatically. Blocking JavaScript by default is also recommended, although it might be a bit annoying.
  • Disable third party cookies in your browsers.
  • Try to avoid using mainstream applications such as Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, etc. Try alternates such as SumatraPDF, VLC, foobar2000, etc.
  • Keep your apps up to date to avoid exploits. You can easily do this with the FileHippo.com update checker and Secunia PSI. Secunia PSI will scan your entire system for outdated and vulnerable software and tell you how to fix it.

There's so much more, but that's all I can think of at the moment
ok
No router just a 3G stick
No wifi either (got paranoid after seeing my friend eat through wpa2 with mac)
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WOT extension (available for every major browser)
http://www.mywot.com/

and don't double click to open flash drive, right click>explore/open is better
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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by nukefission View Post
Running MSE.
Weekly Malware bytes scans
Default windows firewall
Dodgy sites in a vm

Btw Ubuntu vm would be waaaaaaaaay safer than xp vm?

Basically I would like a better firewall
Any other good software?
Nothing wrong with Windows Firewall.
Basically with a firewall for LAN clients you really are only looking for application level security.
WAN traffic already hits a firewall at your router.

Ubuntu VM would probably be preferred if you are going to known malware/dodgy sites. While it is on VM your virtual machine is still a member of your network. Certain types of malware could potentially infect your internal network hosts based on this.
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