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Windows 7: Just how secure do you need to be?

15 Sep 2012   #11

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

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Have one main email and a backup to recover your main email with different passwords and never use your email passwords for stuff like forums or websites.Use a anti virus and firewall and setup your router firewall to block pinging. That's how i have it ,use a third party firewall that configs the windows firewall to not let in connections from the outside unless i have them listed in the list that they are allowed to pass through.Check with malwarebytes about every 2 weeks or so and if you have to have your passwords written down then do it on a piece of paper,it will be safer then having it in your computer even though it has a password imo. I mean you can trust ppl in your house can you? If not then just hide it and lock it somewhere that they don't know about. Also don't install java,i have it uninstalled and rarely almost 99.9% run into something that needs java. Also don't download anything with a exe or zip file unless its 100% from a trusted source,good to scan a zip file before opening it with a antivirus if your unsure. Saw that one of you mentioned using uac but I don't like it and believe i'm experienced enough to take care of myself with out windows nagging me all the time.
If it was me you refer to about UAC then I said I have it switched off, having the same preference as yourself. Agree about most other things and not having Java and it has been officially stated to remove it since it is a very real danger. Have not used it for a long time.

Oh i just sort of briefly went through the whole thread,didn't see that one part about you having it off Anyways yea sorry about that.


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15 Sep 2012   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

If there is ever a time where you do something without thinking of all the bad stuff that could happen, you are probably not doing it right lol
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16 Sep 2012   #13

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I use Roboform. Only have to remember the master password. All browser saved passwords are easily found if someone has access to your system. My banking password is in my head. Have Keyscrambler for obfuscating when accessing. Have Zemana looking for keyloggers. Nothing else on my PC I'd worry about falling into anyones hands.

That said, I have overkill security I'm sure, but it doesn't require any effort to maintain, it doesn't eat up a lot of resources, and doesn't slow my PC down. I have never had a virus, or had anything bad infect my system. Now that could be like George Gobel said.,"There was not one Japanese aircraft got past Tulsa".



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17 Sep 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Some really great advice in this thread; thanks for contributing!

As a rule, I always have UAC enabled. It's just good sense and when you're used to entering your password, the process is easy.

I have a fingerprint reader on my computer, so whenever I start it or come out of sleep, all I have to do is swipe my finger. I registered more than one finger, just in case. You can also tie this in to various browsers, but I haven't gotten up the nerve to try this yet. Part of me realized that the less I type passwords, the sooner I'll forget them. I make a point of never forgetting my main login password, though.

On my computer, I created an Excel spreadsheet with some innocuous "home inventory" information in it. There are 100 blank spreadsheets in it. Around sheet 60, I have passwords stored, and it doesn't take long to get there if you know how to navigate Excel. So, it's basically a camouflaged file for confidential information. But if someone looked through it with a binary/hex reader, they'd find the info. As such, all of my passwords are missing some common digits, replaced with ".."; the only place where that information is located is in my head and my will. I'm going to make a point of checking out Roboform and Truecrypt, though.
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