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Windows 7: can I feel safe with windows 7!?


01 Oct 2010   #1

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
can I feel safe with windows 7!?

hi!

not long ago a friend of mine who unlike me does profess a lot of computer knowledge told me that if someone has my ip address they can gain full access to my computer with relative ease while other knowledgeable people have told me it is very hard, it still bothered me and I havent quite been able to shake this since an ip address is not exactly hard to see, heck anyone I have ever send an email to has it!

I am sure this noob question has been asked many times and I did try searching but I will try asking this anyway hopefully someone will answer.

I am running a clean install of windows 7 pro 64bit with microsoft security essential and sitting behind a router. I dont run any suspicious programs like cracked games or such, I dont think i surf into suspicious websites, I do keep my os/av uptodate and I have UAC turned on to max.

so my question is can someone just using my ip address hack into my computer? and if so how easy is it? I mean is it enough that some script kiddy ( term? :P ) downloads some hack tools and starts hacking ( sorry I really am clueless I know! ) or would the person require some really impressive hacking skills/hardware that is very rare?

also is there a way I can make my windows more secure?

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01 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nabman View Post
I am running a clean install of windows 7 pro 64bit with microsoft security essential and sitting behind a router. I dont run any suspicious programs like cracked games or such, I dont think i surf into suspicious websites, I do keep my os/av uptodate and I have UAC turned on to max.
You are doing all the right thing so i would not worry about getting infected.
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01 Oct 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

In this link, scroll down to see Dan Wagner's advice Can someone hack my computer through my IP address? [Solved] - Security Answers
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01 Oct 2010   #4

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Thank you both for replying, well I did read Dan Wagners advice and from what I can see there are two things he pointed out where I fail

1. I do tend to leave my computer turned on quite a lot, I will from now on use the Lock function when i leave my desktop or is it safer to simply turn my computer off?

2. I dont use a third party firewall as I was told before that windows firewall is very solid in Windows 7? also I was told that third party software sometimes come with their own security holes something that might not happen with ms own product since they prob know the OS better? Also it is my understanding that the isps usually block suspicious open ports that are not blocked by default by windows firewall? but then again i am not exactly an expert and could be wrong so do you think ms firewall is not enough and if so could you explain in newbi terms why?
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01 Oct 2010   #5

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

A router can also add an extra layer of protection
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01 Oct 2010   #6

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
A router can also add an extra layer of protection
look at nabman´s first post above: "I am running a clean install of windows 7 pro 64bit with microsoft security essential and sitting behind a router."
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01 Oct 2010   #7

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

thank you yes as hackerman1 points out I am sitting behind a router provided by my ISP, a router that they claim is very secure and has its own security ( whatever that means! ) so that point should be covered.
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01 Oct 2010   #8

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nabman View Post
so my question is can someone just using my ip address hack into my computer?
simply by knowing your ip..........hogwash..........

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I am sitting behind a router provided by my ISP, a router that they claim is very secure and has its own security ( whatever that means! ) so that point should be covered.
a router with nat/spi firewall is excellent for inbound protection....but does little for outbound connections


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also is there a way I can make my windows more secure?
apply all updates/have a good av/practice safe surf/use second opinion scanners/disable remote access...and still if you dread the ip stuff go for a reputed VPN....but mind you that has its own implications
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01 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nabman View Post
thank you yes as hackerman1 points out I am sitting behind a router provided by my ISP, a router that they claim is very secure and has its own security ( whatever that means! ) so that point should be covered.
That means there is a hardware firewall built into the router. A hardware firewall is much more secure than a software firewall. Remember, nothing is 100% secure. You can test your firewall's effectiveness at this link: **Home of Gibson Research Corporation**. Click on Shields Up and follow the instructions.
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01 Oct 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nabman View Post
Thank you both for replying, well I did read Dan Wagners advice and from what I can see there are two things he pointed out where I fail

1. I do tend to leave my computer turned on quite a lot, I will from now on use the Lock function when i leave my desktop or is it safer to simply turn my computer off?
Just turn if off when not in use ... especially over night and when you're on vacation.
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