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Windows 7: Security Secrets the Bad Guys Don't Want You to Know

19 Jul 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Security Secrets the Bad Guys Don't Want You to Know

Rogue scripts, fake antivirus programs, and infected PDFs: Defend yourself against the Web's most insidious threats.

You already know the basics of internet security, right?

You know to keep your antivirus program and patches up to date, to be careful where you go on the Internet, and to exercise online street-smarts to resist being tricked into visiting a phishing site or downloading a Trojan horse.

But when you've got the basics covered, but you still don't feel secure, what can you do? Here are a few advanced security tips to help you thwart some of today's most common attacks.

Remember, however, that security is all about trade-offs. With most of these tips, what you gain in security, you lose in convenience. But hey, it's your computer. Be as paranoid as you want to be.

Avoid Scripting

This may be the one piece of advice that will do most to keep you the safe on the Web: Steer clear of JavaScript, especially on sites you don't trust.

JavaScript is very popular, and for good reason. It works in almost all browsers, and it makes the Web a lot more dynamic. But it also enables bad guys to trick your browser more easily into doing something that it shouldn't. The deception could be something as simple as telling the browser to load an element from another Web page. Or it could involve something more complicated, like a cross-site scripting attack, which gives the attacker a way to impersonate the victim on a legitimate Web page.

JavaScipt attacks are everywhere. If you use Facebook, you may have seen one of the latest. Lately, scammers have set up illegitimate Facebook pages offering things like a free $500 gift card if you cut and paste some code into your browser's address bar.

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Security Secrets the Bad Guys Don't Want You to Know - PCWorld

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #2

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Good read. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Good read and good advice .. Thanks Jan!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Jul 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

Good read....NoScript ftw!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #5
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Thanx - good read
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1

Brilliant read, now added no-script on my works PC and will be adding it tonight onto my own PC. Lucky
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Thanks for posting this up, it's an interesting read.

I've never bothered with Firefox's NoScript add-on, but having read that, I think I'll start using it from now on.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

Good read indeed. No Script is on baby!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

That's one of the reasons that I like Opera, because you can place a button on the interface to turn Javascript on or off with a single click. I not only use this for the reasons stated in the article, but also to disable underlined words in some forums that causes an ad to pop up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Interesting article, thanks for posting
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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