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Windows 7: Keeping hackers out of my computer

20 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
Keeping hackers out of my computer

Amazon.com: The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy (Syngress Basics Series) eBook: Patrick Engebretson: Kindle Store#_

This is a book I found on amazon.com and wanted some advice. I was a MIS manager in Silicon Valley for over a decade and had to take care of securing networks but didn't really have to worry about hackers. I have a network at home and would like to know something about security and I'm not talking about anti-virus and firewalls but defend against hackers. I've been retired for 10 years and I don't know anything against someone hacking into my computers but would like to learn. So is this book what I need or do you have a better one to recommend?


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21 Mar 2012   #2

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I'd start by going here and running the free test "All Service Ports":

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

If your router (assuming you have one, if not, you should) is set up properly you should be in full stealth mode. The only exception would be for a port you opened intentionally where you understand the risks involved.

If your router is doing its job, the short answer to "Could you still be hacked?" is "Only if you let them in yourself", either through falling for something like a phishing scam or collecting a virus which opens a back door.

In brief, a good router will barricade the walls for you. After that, your main vulnerability is through user error which inadvertently opens a door from the inside.
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21 Mar 2012   #3

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I should have mentioned that I know nothing about the book itself, other than that the reviews look great. I will be taking a Computer Security class within the next year and have already added it to my list of supplemental reading.
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21 Mar 2012   #4
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hello,

I have compiled an Article, it's a good read. This all I can contribute and would help a bit including securing your network away from the hackers. I am managing 2 different locations for 15 years now and so far both networks are very much secured by using my own procedure and hasn't been hacked. The Sonicwall appliance is one of my top picks.
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I have a network at home and would like to know something about security and I'm not talking about anti-virus and firewalls but defend against hackers.
I hope the Article helps and if this is not what you're looking for, sorry.
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