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#1
Dear All,

I have started a wiki page for the common computer questions which get asked on ARRSE.

Feel free to add you own advice to it.

msr
 
#2
What else can I do to protect myself?

The best way (if you are using Windows XP) is to run Windows Update (Start -> All programs -> Windows Update) and set it to download and install the updates automatically
You forgot to mention,

Use UNIX/LINUX :)
 
#3
speckygeek said:
What else can I do to protect myself?

The best way (if you are using Windows XP) is to run Windows Update (Start -> All programs -> Windows Update) and set it to download and install the updates automatically
You forgot to mention,

Use UNIX/LINUX :)
Why not just use a giant condom :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
#4
4 Do I need a firewall?
Last year I saw, on News24, a program where they conected an unprotected windows XP machine to the internet, and started the clock.

8 seconds later it had been infected. Within an hour the PC was dead, Crushed under the weight of Malware it was down loading.

There is another useful program, I think it's called System-Tracker.
 
#5
speckygeek said:
What else can I do to protect myself?

The best way (if you are using Windows XP) is to run Windows Update (Start -> All programs -> Windows Update) and set it to download and install the updates automatically
You forgot to mention,

Use UNIX/LINUX :)
But my learned friend - linux is open source. meaning anyone can peak inside the code and write a program to crack your PC.

Rincewind
 
#6
And Windows is closed source, but that doesn't seem to stop the exploits.

I wish journalists would stop being lazy and start calling them 'Windows viruses' instead of 'computer viruses' as they seem strangely inffective against linux.

msr
 
#7
^Thats part of the reason it comes under attack, its seen as unethical to attack Linux (and/or not a challenge as its open source)
 
#8
polar said:
^Thats part of the reason it comes under attack, its seen as unethical to attack Linux (and/or not a challenge as its open source)
What a load of cr*p.

msr
 
#10
Windows OS is probably deemed as an easier target within the hacking/virus fraternity. Microsoft initially writes the OS and puts it out onto the market. Then hey presto, there's more viruses than you can shake a shi**y stick at!!!

Microsoft makes you think that it's giving you an excellent OS (which I've no doubt that it does) but with all these 'bells and whistles' brings massive holes in the OS security. Then it's down to Microsoft to attempt to close these holes, but by then the hackers have already made their name. I could be going into the old 'Virus writers are actually the Anti-Virus companies' conspiracy theory.... Hey, this could turn into a new thread to discuss?
 
#11
Rincewind said:
speckygeek said:
What else can I do to protect myself?

The best way (if you are using Windows XP) is to run Windows Update (Start -> All programs -> Windows Update) and set it to download and install the updates automatically
You forgot to mention,

Use UNIX/LINUX :)
But my learned friend - linux is open source. meaning anyone can peak inside the code and write a program to crack your PC.

Rincewind
What you just download from any old source, 8O are you a bit radio rentals.

A labour of love is always better than forced work.

You know it makes sense.
 
#12
best free ways to sort of secure windows..well as much as it can be.... download zonealarm http://www.zonelabs.com/store/conte...st_za.jsp?dc=12bms&ctry=US&lang=en&lid=nav_za
then for antivirus AVG free
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5
then for browsing
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
and for spyware
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

also disable the remote admin invitation from Mycomputer - Properties - Advanced
loads more you can do, but depends on what you use your system for.
Bigest compromise to security you can heve is a filesharing Aplication like Limewire or EMule... opens up ports on your firewall like lights on a chstmas tree and attracts loads of attenton... Whilst downloading a file I got port scanned 3 times, flooded with pings and lots of dodgy malformed packets bouncing off my machine...
Ultimately you can move to Linux, Ubuntu is the closest things in terms of compatibility and useability to windows... I swear by it, can even run my windows apps on it using WINE, and unlike windows if you need a proggy to do something just launch the package manager (similar to windows update) and type in what you are looking for then 9 out of 10 times its there for free!...
And most interestingly the Aegis virus scanner that comes with ubuntu even detects Windows as a virus! (if you choose to dual boot)

The difference in security between linux and windows, If incorrectly configured it is wide open to a whole load of other exploits, eg apache scripting, telnetting if not disabled amonst others... where as windows is just prone to everything.


also if you are using a cable modem or boredband router it might be worth putting in your own router in the middle instead of pluggin the wire straight into the back of your system... that way any would be attacker would have to get through NAT and the routers own firewall too
 
#13
Any one know anything about Wndows Vista or had a play?... i notice its nicked loads from Linux Gnome and KDE...eg panel applets and multi desktop...
 
#14
Does anyone know the name of some software so that i can track who, if anybody, is trying to ping my machine and scan my ports.

Sparky
 
#16
sun-tzu said:
Any one know anything about Wndows Vista or had a play?... i notice its nicked loads from Linux Gnome and KDE...eg panel applets and multi desktop...
There are Beta versions floating around on the web if you know were to look.

If you don't then PM me and i will help you out.

Sparky
 
#18
sparkysapper said:
Does anyone know the name of some software so that i can track who, if anybody, is trying to ping my machine and scan my ports.

Sparky
If your using an ADSL router, you may find that its recording this information in one of its logfiles. You may also find that you are able to disable incoming ICMP traffic (pings etc) using the routers inbuilt firewall.
 

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