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Old 01-16-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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In another thread, I've been made aware that my internet security (Kaspersky) may not be the best hedge against our laptops being hacked. I realize that nothing is fool proof, but we bought Kaspersky because of their virtual keyboard. It's suppose to keep the hackers from 'counting' key strokes, preventing password compromises.

I'm all for better protecting our information, so what do you use for your computer's security and maybe with a little of 'why'? BTW, I'm not too techie with 1's and 0's so please be 'gentle'.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:34 PM   #2
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i fix pc's for last 15 yrs. no one program does all. best to always keep them up to date, an run them often, here is what i use, superantispyware.com free version, malwarebytes.org also free version. i also use avira =antivirus program an also has a free version. keeping pc clean is best defense. you can also install a firewall zone alarm is free, im a national webmaster for a law enforcement club, here is a page i mad with links to all the programs. if u scrol down on page u will see links.
http://gulfcoast.defenderslemc.org/node/40
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If you are using one of the Kaspersky Internet Security packages not just their Anti-Virus package, you should be fine.
Make sure you keep the Kaspersky firewall active.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:05 PM   #4
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Wow, I feel much better with these posts...thank you.

It wasn't too long ago that my AOL e-mail account was hack, took it to an IT guy. He cleaned everything up and added the SUPERantiSpyWare and the malwarebytes programs. He also said that my password accounts were not hacked, probably due to Kaspersky's virtual keyboard. I did purchase the security package. I'll try to see if I can find out about the 'firewall' thing. Thanks again wildmandmc and okgc - Sounds like I'm better off than I thought.

Just went into the program...it self update a minute ago and the firewall enable box is checked. This is GREAT! I gotta play with this stuff more often.
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Try a Mac, probability of being attacked waaaay less.
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Try a Mac, probability of being attacked waaaay less.
Yeah, I've heard that more than once and it's probably true. I'm commented to these two laptops, for the next couple of years anyway.
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Try a Mac, probability of being attacked waaaay less.
altho probablity is lower, lately the amt of attacks/virus on mac has increased drasticly, 1st virus i heard abt hitting a mac is attack on battery module. it tells system battery is fully charged an wont accept being charged, so when battery is down to 0% system will not re charge.
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Boy, what they can't get into on these things. Now you reading about battery control. ???? What's next? This is getting tooooo crazy.
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I have a Mac, but I do all my financial stuff on a dedicated virtual machine installation of Ubuntu Linux. I log into Ubuntu only for the time it takes to check my accounts and funds and then I'm out. I install nothing in Ubuntu but security updates and I use it for only one purpose.
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Norton Internet Security, or Norton product since 2007. No problems.

As Wildmandmc stated, no one program does it all. It is also up to the individual to stay away from sites considered dangerous, and to not open links in emails that they did not solicit.

Jan & bob,

If your email was hacked it was probably not through your computer. Did you ever research it with the service provider to see if there was a problem on their side.

Look up HTTPS versus HTTP for information purposes. When you are doing transmissions that you want secure, use the HTTPS protocol. Not all web sites have HTTPS capability, but 99.9% of financial institutions do. If they don't, I don't bother with them. IRV2 for instance, though not a financial institution, does not have HTTPS capabilities. I don't think they really need it.
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Nothing is foolproof and no one anti-virus program is going to stop everything. I'm an Information Security Engineer, i spend my days looking for and preventing intrusions of all types into our corporate network. I use tools unavailable to most and far more intuitive than what's loaded on your PC's. We (the company) download and push new anti-virus definitions daily and we still get hit with malware. The number one reason? Users plain and simple. Educating people in what to do and not do is a fulltime job in it's own right!

The number one point of entry for malware and viruses is your email. Hackers are getting real good at making emails notifications look real. If you don't know the sender then don't open it! If in doubt hover over the senders name, it will generally unmask the actual email address it's coming from allowing you to see whom sent it. Any attachments should be scanned even if your anti-virus claims to do it. right click the attachment and select scan now.

Number two are malicious websites you may visit without even knowing it's infected. Make sure you have an anti-virus that scans websites as you go to them!

But in all of that you know what the biggest faux paux is? Users not keeping their anti-virus updated! Believe it or not none are any better than others. Sure each has it's own gimmick they push but in the end they are all about the same. As a security pro i can use whatever i want. I use Windows Defender, yup. It's actually as state of the art as anyone elses and it's free. Microsoft has committed to developing and maintaining a world class anti-virus and to date they've done a great job.

I've been eBanking since it's inception, same with eShopping. I've never had an issue and i attribute that to smart internet practices along, proper tools and a good firewall blocking all except what i want to let in.
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You need spyware and mal ware protection as well, many anti virus do not include those with their anti virus they must be purchased separately
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Jan & bob,

If your email was hacked it was probably not through your computer. Did you ever research it with the service provider to see if there was a problem on their side.
No, I went into panic mode...immediately had a pro clean everything up and he added malware and spyware. I no longer use AOL for my e-mail...he said he has gotten a lot of customers lately with the same viruses/issues on their AOL accounts.

Look up HTTPS versus HTTP for information purposes. When you are doing transmissions that you want secure, use the HTTPS protocol. Not all web sites have HTTPS capability, but 99.9% of financial institutions do. If they don't, I don't bother with them. IRV2 for instance, though not a financial institution, does not have HTTPS capabilities. I don't think they really need it.
I'm being very careful now who I give my e-mail to and thanks to all for the information. I feel better about this already.
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i fix pc's for last 15 yrs. no one program does all. best to always keep them up to date, an run them often, here is what i use, superantispyware.com free version, malwarebytes.org also free version. i also use avira =antivirus program an also has a free version...
Agree completely - I'd add one more program - Key Scrambler. A freeware program that "scrambles" key strokes for various supported web browsers.

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