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[Guide] Being secure on the internet
Posted 1/27/09
Good job in telling everyone to dl firefox. Just great, now everybody's going to get firefox and the "hackers" and evil bastards will resettle on firefox.

j/k

Anyway, Opera, Safari suck. Safari is slow. Opera sucks due to many reasons though, but the most recent one is that Opera is begging a political body to take control of web standards. http://people.opera.com/howcome/2007/msft/

In my eyes Opera is doing nothing more than throwing a childish tantrum here. They don’t appreciate that Microsoft got where it is today by true innovation and some incredibly hard work.

Other than that Opera is a pain for web developers. Opera's unable to properly render code reliably, to properly parse javascript or other Web technologies. It fails. Opera has contributed far, far less to the world of computing when compared to Microsoft, and therefore should stfu.

Compared to Opera then Google Chrome is by far better. It's faster and very easy to handle.

Firefox is my favourite browser. So many awesome add-ons, can only recommend that one.

Coming to AV programs: Norton, Mcafe, AVG suck judging by personal experience. No, don't ask why I hate those, I just do.

I'm currently relying on avast! home edition. It's free, and does its job. Though, I can't compare myself to the average user as I am quite careful while browsing the internet, so chances that I'll meet a virus are quite low if not null. In my entire computer life, I've NEVER ever had any problems. No viruses, or anything of that kind. And I quite fail to understand how come people always complain about having caught a virus, etc. and I'm not a computer geek.

And, well, generally I believe that even if you have a bad ass AV program protecting your computer, and your computer got infected despite this, and you either moved the infected file to quarantine or deleted it, once your computer was infected (depending on the virus' level) chances are that the virus is still on your computer and, basically, you can't be sure of whether your computer is fully safe again. - Reformat and reinstall - would be the most definite removal of the virus. But oh well...

Coming to firewalls...well, I'm currently just relying on the basic firewall - windows firewall
I'm thinking of getting Kaspersky, Zone Alarm, or Hurricane Firewall. I'll need to look more into that though to make my final decision. Also the compatibility issues might play a big role there.

And then, I thought of simply partitioning my hard drive into more sections and adding a linux OS to the windows vista, though the many versions are giving me a headache. Which one would you recommend? Also... when it comes to /dev that's where my computer knowledge goes blank.
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nice one!
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I agree with you about the Norton. I had it and I hated it. For some 'unknown' reason it was eating all my RAM like it was at an all-you-can-eat buffet. And I still had to re-install Windows every once in a while, because it failed miserably to keep the viruses away. Now I have NOD32 and I must say I am quite satisfied of it. I haven't done a format of the HDD in about 1 year and a half, even 2.
Again, I do prefer Mozzila myself. I find it more practical with a number of add-ons that don't lag your on-line surfing, like it happened to we when I was an IE-tard.

This is a pretty good guide and I think you covered most of the thing that had to be said about internet viral protection, but unfortunately, one or two virus will get past any protection you have. You making a mistake or any other reason, it happens. It always does.

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Although it's good to have all of these add-ons to boost your security, nothing will beat using the good 'ole noggin. I've heard of several mac users receiving malware after downloading a pirated version of the recently released iWork '09 and Photoshop CS4, which included installing a file in a preference section of the system library as a sort of "crack" to the trial version. Supposedly, it would work by preventing the program from initiating what's called a "call home" system if in any case the file was cracked using a reproduced serial.

Unfortunately, all that this file does is initiate a script that basically opens a backdoor in the users' computer, allowing full access to the computer by an outside hacker, which he uses to initiate DDoS attacks and other spamming protocols on other sites.


Lesson to be learned? Buy the real thing, and if you're going to do something... at the very least, use your common sense and don't be so easily swayed by the things you see online. Having security is good, but when you, yourself, aren't careful ~ what's the point?



Anyway, Opera, Safari suck. Safari is slow. Opera sucks due to many reasons though, but the most recent one is that Opera is begging a political body to take control of web standards.


Disclaimer: I always counter you because you know I love you.

Safari is actually much faster than Opera and Firefox, but I found that it only does this on a G4 PowerPC. I have no idea why Safari has much less than stellar performance on PC and, sadly, on Intel-based Processors on the new Mac machines.

The nice thing about safari, however, is that it has a couple plug-ins that parallel that found in Firefox ~ that and the fact that both programs have similar interfaces, so using both (as I do) is not much of a problem.

For those interested, Safari Block is the equivalent of Ad-Block used in Firefox. You can download this plug-in here.


As far as Opera is concerned, I've tried it and it does seem ridiculously slow. I don't know, however, if this performance is different if run on a Linux-based OS, but from what I know, most of my friends that use Linux still prefer Firefox.

Google chrome is also an excellent alternative to consider. I'm looking forward to a Mac version to be released soon.
Posted 1/27/09
^ Well, generally Mac Applications don't play that well with Windows, that's why it sucks.

I think I just developed a hatred towards anything that didn't meet my expectations. I'm so...prejudiced and evil.
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Posted 1/27/09

edsamac wrote:

For those interested, Safari Block is the equivalent of Ad-Block used in Firefox. You can download this plug-in here.




Thank you for your contribution.
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Posted 1/27/09 , edited 1/27/09

Teresa_Yuuki wrote:

what laptop do u recommend that is lower priced?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2034940032%204020&name=%24400%20-%20%24500

http://www.amazon.com/Notebooks-Laptop-Computers/b/ref=amb_link_6682722_4?ie=UTF8&node=565108&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=gp-left-1&pf_rd_r=0BDDVK8JCS4Q7H31RS2R&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=466948391&pf_rd_i=541966

Since you're not going to use it for anything big, or heavily demanding - here are the few things you need to check before buying a laptop:

The amount of RAM - if the laptop has vista - having 2gb is the minimum you should go for. In fact, you should just go for 2gb even if ain't a Vista laptop.

Why you should have at least 2gb when it come to Vista? Vista can be a bit demanding, and if you're using 1gb, a big amount of that is going to be used just to keep your computer going.

Also, how much space do you require on your laptop? I personally prefer having a much space as possible, but others (perhaps like you) don't feel that as a necessity.

So perhaps 160gb on the HDD should be enough for you.

Also, the price - when you're checking for laptops, always compare the price, the RAM, HDD and the speed on processor before deciding.

You should try aiming for between 400-600, maybe even 700$.
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Thanks for telling me that.
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Posted 1/27/09
for some reason, i don't use my AV.....(keep it close for months)

aiks.... would love to get an advice on "downloading" part...
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you could just use common sense.
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Posted 1/27/09

CptJackSwallows wrote:

you could just use common sense.


Sadly in this devious world of ours, even common sense can sometimes not be enough.

Besides, it often seems that they ran out of common sense.
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anyone recommend a FREE virus protection that works good?
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Feel free to ask questions - BUT PLEASE - read the guide first - then ask.
Posted 1/27/09
thanks for the guide ^^

I recommend you guys Safari, it's great, although, if you have too many browsers, then it's going to slow it down, and it freezes more often, that's the downside to Safari, it freezes a lot when you overwork it and if you have another internet browser. Right now i have a Mac, so I use Safari, because if I do, it automatically updates your PC. Plus a Macbook is basically anti-virus, so it's basically impossible to get one :/ so it's safe for me, I don't need Norton or AVG. I've had Chrome, and at first, i thought it was great! but... it's really slow once you start to use it a lot, even when I reset it, it's still slow, but it's pretty good ^^ internet explorer sucks, don't use it. Firefox is the best! It's plain and simple, i love it in so many ways, IE is trying too hard, they're adding too much crap which makes it really slow... Never heard of Opera, so I can't say anything about that...
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Posted 1/27/09 , edited 1/27/09


MCRkixass wrote:

LOLOLOLOL

What a fucking tool.


Whether or not you download illegally is your own business. My guide is not intended to promote piracy of licensed programs.

And with that, I'm reporting your post - you should already know why.

Also, insulting someone on the internet doesn't make you look cool.
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