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Windows 7: A Lack Of PC Security Can Destroy Lives.

11 Nov 2009   #1
JMH

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A Lack Of PC Security Can Destroy Lives.

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As I read this article today, I found myself shaking my head as this could quite frankly happen to anyone that does not fully comprehend just how dangerous an unprotected computer can be. While it is an undeniable fact that stories like the above linked are taking place with Windows users and social networking Web sites, there is a growing possibility of various malware threats hitting other platforms. While very rare, malware is able to hit anyone these days. So it pays to be aware of this.
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A Lack Of PC Security Can Destroy Lives ~ IT Professionals


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12 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

How did I get infected in the first place?
By Tony Klein (one of the best security Gurus still around!):
How did I get infected in the first place? - Geeks to Go!
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12 Nov 2009   #3
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
How did I get infected in the first place?
By Tony Klein (one of the best security Gurus still around!):
How did I get infected in the first place? - Geeks to Go!
Sound advice indeed.
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13 Nov 2009   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
How did I get infected in the first place?
By Tony Klein (one of the best security Gurus still around!):
How did I get infected in the first place? - Geeks to Go!
This article is good but it doesn't answer the main question, which is: "How did I get infected?" in the matter of fact.

So, please let me write few popular scenario "How you can get infection in these days..."

To better understand this point of view first we should to ask: Where they come from files/folders on your hard disk?

You have to realize that there are few possibilities - files and folders are created/copied/downloaded/moved from different sources/locations:

1) removable drives (via USB port) - on these days they are popular like floppy disks in the 90's. (Removable drives/pendrives are even more popular than CD or DVD disks.)
2) CD/DVD disks
3) Internet - through: web browsers (even not directly by downloads infected file and run them BUT also by just entered on infected site - you don't have to do anything to be infected - popular attacks drive-by download), e-mail clients, IMs, P2P softwares, outdated PDF browsers, etc, etc
4) files and folders which are created by you eg. documents files, folders, pics files, etc. (if you are malware writer of course)
5) files and folders which are moved directly from one computer to other computer via eg. crossed cable.
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13 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I like stories like this as I find all too often that people say "Hey, I've never had a problem in the past, why should I protect myself now", or "I don't have anything valuable on the computer anyway, I can just restore my data later if compromised".

Unfortunately, both statements are very naive. And people get programs, data and such from all over the web these days and there just isn't a good way to "know for sure" by the naked eye that you are getting what you wanted. Sure, the site you go to has been reputable in the past...but what if their site is hijacked????
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13 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x32 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
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Unfortunately, both statements are very naive. And people get programs, data and such from all over the web these days and there just isn't a good way to "know for sure" by the naked eye that you are getting what you wanted. Sure, the site you go to has been reputable in the past...but what if their site is hijacked????
Yup, that's why even our "bookmarked, well known site" can't be 100% trusted anymore on these days.
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13 Nov 2009   #7

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi all
Whilst malware is a fact of life - using other people's computers to store your data isn't really that serious a threat.

1) Data occupies space on disks - if people see disk usage increasing then it's easy to do a SECURE ERASE. (Just don't use the OS delete - do a physical write of binary zeros to every cluster / sector on the disk - or if you have the right tools a low level format).

2) The "User" can't guarantee to be able to get hold of his "stash" when he needss his "fix". The victim's computer might be switched off.

I'm sorry - but IMO NOBODY has porno on their machines without knowing about it.

However protection against malware needs to be much better

I'm always amazed at how people say this piece of AV software is better than another one - but the threat these days is NOT against VIRUSES but against things like DRIVE BY infections which nearly all (and probably ALL FREE) AV software is relatively powerless to do anything about (at least pro-actively).

REACTIVE AV software is essentially useless as you've already been "Mal-wared" by the time the scan is run.

Most current AV software is really like using 20th century solutions to solve a real 21st century problem.

MS is aware of this - I think the MSE software will eventually be very good but most other FREE AV software has lost the plot I'm afraid.

Cheers
jimbo
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