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Author Topic: Online Security Tips  (Read 14654 times)

UncleUB

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Online Security Tips
« on: June 11, 2011, 07:54:02 AM »

There are plenty of tips here all about keeping safe online and what to look out for

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/
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AdrianH

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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2011, 08:08:29 AM »

Thanks for the reminder UncleUB .

Everyone take note of the new fake MICROSOFT UPDATE malware  http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/06/09/fake-anti-virus-cloaks-itself-to-appear-to-be-microsoft-update/

it really does look very much like the real thing so be careful.
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2011, 08:09:01 AM »

Good link, unkyUb.......thanks for that.  :)
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UncleUB

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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2011, 09:00:09 AM »

I am wondering if this should be made a 'sticky' ?
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2011, 09:42:27 AM »

I don't know if anyone has heard of Rapport but I've just installed it on my PC as I do online banking and also buy goods and services online too.

http://activation.trusteer.com/v3/installation-complete

By the way this link wasn't sent anonymously but it's available free on the Cahoot website (whom I do online banking with)





There is a 32 bit version and 64 bit version covering a wide range of banking and other secure sites.

I've only just installed it and so I will have to see how I get on with it but it's been installed on over 22 million PC's according to their website as of today.


Edit:  added further link - http://www.trusteer.com/product/trusteer-rapport
« Last Edit: June 11, 2011, 10:09:23 AM by CurlyWhirly »
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2011, 09:51:44 AM »

I am wondering if this should be made a 'sticky' ?

Done. :)

You Windows users need all the help you can get. ;D
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2011, 04:08:18 PM »

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You Windows users need all the help you can get. ;D

I would second that comment, Eric. However even us penguin huggers must remain vigilent. Vermin gets everywhere. >:(
« Last Edit: April 18, 2012, 09:43:15 PM by burakkucat »
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2011, 07:08:25 AM »

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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2012, 08:03:02 PM »

Use OpenDNS.  I have resolved web addresses through the magic OpenDNS IP addresses 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 for years and have barely had a sniff of malware.  It's free, very quick, very reliable and very secure.  It protects against phishing, is a botnet killer and prevents spyware from phoning home.

I would not willingly go on-line without the protection afforded by OpenDNS.

 
« Last Edit: April 19, 2012, 02:03:42 PM by hake »
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2012, 02:07:33 PM »

I second CurlyWhirly's opinion of Trusteer Rapport.  I would not bank on-line without it's protection.  It is high class software.
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2012, 11:08:49 PM »

Why/ how does Open DNS use help to reduce or eliminate malware?
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2012, 12:25:13 AM »

Why/ how does Open DNS use help to reduce or eliminate malware?

I was curious too, the answer seems to be here...
http://www.opendns.com/malware-botnet/
.. (my emboldening)
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OpenDNS protects you from becoming infected with malware by blocking known malicious domains from resolving at the DNS layer

Once a web site is known to host malware, I guess the DNS can choose not to resolve it by name.   The problem is of course, that word... 'known'  Whereas it tends to be the 'unknown' malware that does the damage, and it does take some time for any malware, after it is unleashed, to become 'known'.

I'm not knocking Open DNS, the same criticism (that 'unknown' threats are hard to detect) applies to most AV products. But I do strongly believe that we must beware malware at all times, regardless of AV precautions.   My real worry is that AV and anti-malware software, and the likes of Open DNS's claims, lead us into a false sense of security whereupon we lower our guards. We then become even more vulnerable to the (unknown) threats, compared to the alternative situation where we had no AV software at all, but simply tread very carefully.

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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2012, 07:01:55 AM »

Some quite Rumsfieldian thought in that last post. ;D
Quote from: Donald Rumsfield
we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know....it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2012, 07:48:07 AM »

Some quite Rumsfieldian thought in that last post. ;D
Quote from: Donald Rumsfield
we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know....it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones
I'm always flattered by comparisons with the great intellectuals  :lol:
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Re: Online Security Tips
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2012, 09:58:17 AM »

Good point sevenlayermuddle.  Complacency is the unfortunate hazard created by any good antimalware protection.  As long as people realise that such facilities as OpenDNS make it more difficult BUT not impossible to acquire malware infections, then such protections can only be beneficial.

I am of a sceptical mindset.  The more layers of protection I have, the more I can enjoy the Internet without excessive anxiety spoiling the experience.  My natural high levels of anxiety (gets worse as I get older) are the complete antidote to complacency.  It's nice to feel that you can relax a little while surfing knowing that a lot of reliable malware traps are ready to trip at any second.

I work on the basis that if I exercise daily vigilance in keeping everything up to date, a modicum of complacency is allowable as a reward.
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