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Windows 7: Internet Security

09 Aug 2011   #11
StalkeR

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I think it will. I don't do online transactions,but as antivirus protection I think that software has very little impact then. It's basiacly from the site security. I'll contact some of Security Team here on SF if you want they will give more informations about this...


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09 Aug 2011   #12
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nimmz View Post
well every one thanks for participating..
I just need your opinions about MSE microsoft security essential ...IS IT ENOUGH?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nimmz View Post
well....I also do on-line transaction. will it save my credentials from hackers?
Hi, nimmz. StalkeR thought I could be of assistance in responding to your questions.

On Windows 7, I have found MSE and the Windows 7 Firewall to be excellent choices for me. Both have worked extremely well.

As to protection for on-line transactions, some banks encourage their members to use Trusteer Rapport, although I have read where some people have had problems with the software. That aside, no software is going to protect your online transactions if the site, the credit card company, your banking institution, or your computer are compromised.

My advice:

1. Ensure that you use a strong password at your bank site and any place you make online payments or purchases. Partial quote from my article about Hotmail here but applicable:
"The key to a strong password is both complexity and length.

Complexity is not merely adding an upper case letter or an obvious misspelling, such as P@$$w0rd. Although some websites limit the number of characters allowed in a password, the longer your password, the harder it will be for it to be compromised.

Test the passwords you use with the Password Checker. If your password is weak or medium in strength, make it experiment with the Password Checker adding characters, with a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and keyboard symbols."

2. Use a different password at each site.

3. Although providing a "secret answer" is commonly used as a means of recovering accounts and used by many banking sites, caution needs to be exercised. Using easily determined information as your secret answer, is not advised. Instead, for sites that still use such common personal information, use consistent false information that you will remember.

This is particularly important if you are active in social networking sites. For example, how many people on Facebook would know that your first pet was a dog named Spot or the name of the town where you were born or where you attended high school? (When Sarah Palinís e-mail was compromised is wasnít by a hacker but rather someone who obtained the name of the high school she attended via an online search.)

4. Never follow an e-mail link to your bank, credit card company, etc. Rather, type the URL directly in the address bar.

5. Keep your computer updated not only with Microsoft security updates (the 2nd Tuesday of each month) but also with updates for third-party software, particularly Adobe products and Java.

I recommend using one of the Secunia tools to check if your system is missing security updates or has insecure applications. Either install Secunia Personal Software Inspector or, alternatively, visit OSI - Consumer - Products . The Secunia Software Inspector runs through your browser with no installation or download required and does the following:
  • Detects insecure versions of applications installed
  • Verifies that all Microsoft patches are applied
  • Assists you in updating your system and applications

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09 Aug 2011   #13
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi nimmz and welcome to the forums. I use Norton on my Win7 machines (2), one is an old AthlonX2 2.4 GHz. both do well. I would recommend adding more RAM too. A new set of at least 2GB will help especially if your OS is 64 bit. Hopefullt you can buy all new RAM so it will work better in your system, mixing RAM types, sizes, or brands isn't a good practice.

Follow the advices here to use MS Security Essentials and MalwareBytes too, MSE can usually run alongside of a commercial AV suite.

When you login to your bank or online retailer or anysite where you will submit your personal info make sure the URL begins with https. That means the site is using a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Encryption for their site. Many secure sites will turn the accress window in IE8 or 9 green too, but not all.
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10 Aug 2011   #14
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

To protect yourself from the evils of the internet your basic protection should include

*Anti Virus Program [ MSE is popular & is used by many people here]

*Anti Malware Program [Malwarebytes or SuperAntiSpyware]

* Spyware Blaster is a nifty program that runs quietly in the background protecting you.

*Firewall. The inbuilt Windows Firewall is adequate.

*Router / firewall

It is important you update programs & scan regularly.

You are advised to exercise caution with what you click on.
Don’t engage in activities such as file sharing, warez cracks, adult content, online gambling or other high-risk behaviors.
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10 Aug 2011   #15
nimmz

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

well...i had installed MSE and it's working fine..and system is also running smooth. I am not going to use any additional security software. and just going to test what windows firewall and MSE results. Thanks all for valuable suggestions.
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10 Aug 2011   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome, and good luck. You know where we are if you need help.
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10 Aug 2011   #17
nimmz

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

yeh....Exactly,,
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10 Aug 2011   #18
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Safe surfing!
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10 Aug 2011   #19
StalkeR

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You're welcome ! Glad that you make a decision.
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