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Windows 7: What security setup do you have?

12 Sep 2011   #451
marsmimar

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Last time I checked my dictionary, I thought it said that a survey was meant to gather data on attitudes, impressions, opinions, satisfaction levels, etc. by polling a section of the population. Or words to that effect. Seems to me that's what a lot of the questions on this Forum are all about. If someone finds no relevancy in the information the question provides, or if the information propounded by the respondents serves no useful purpose, then by all means, that person is certainly free to thumb his nose at everyone else and move on. But to categorically state that the information is useless serves no useful purpose, either. It just means it's useless to that one person. I respect your opinion, FranzB and I will no longer engage in this tête à tête. Have a nice day.


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12 Sep 2011   #452
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

I forgot another posting that is helpful, viz. by ICitlol under "Something of interest to newbies" with a link to
"probably the best free security list in the world".
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12 Sep 2011   #453
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Franz:

There probably is mostly anecdotal evidence here as far as users opinions go, however for the generalists they can at least see a pattern of what seems to be fairly trouble free and what isn't. Like a few others mention not everybody here has the background and knowledge that you do, I certainly value it, but just keep in mind that there are ALL levels of users on this site and your're going to see some things that probably are trivial to you personally.

If you have a framework that you would like to use why not suggest it?
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13 Sep 2011   #454
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
Franz:
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If you have a framework that you would like to use why not suggest it?
Legacy: Well, marsmimar is right. This thread is a survey; whether useful or not is another question. And i gave already some links to persons here who give advice on other threads on this forum. And i myself started a thread "Some security checks and issues". Telling people what AV i use is..... well...useless, even if i tell them that i never had a virus with this particular setup since it proves nothing. It could also mean that i have simply never been targeted and not that my setup or choice of AV programs is so good. As said so often before, the way you behave on internet and what you do with emails with attachments from unknown senders is just or even more important.
Regards.
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13 Sep 2011   #455
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

The way a person uses a computer is at the top of the list. No security program can do it all by itself. What a person does on a computer is the first stage of security on a computer.
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13 Sep 2011   #456
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FranzB View Post

As said so often before, the way you behave on internet and what you do with emails with attachments from unknown senders is just or even more important.
Regards.

Totally agreed.

I'm just floored at the carelessness of so many users today, I really don't understand why this is the case. Honestly who wants to damage their system or worse compromise their personal information!!???

That being said I'd love to see MS and others do some general advertising about the need to THINK about how one uses the net and related items, like US sticks,ect...with regards to safety and preventing malware.
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13 Sep 2011   #457
gautam7

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Totally agree that the person using the pc is greatly responsible for geting infected. But still its unwise to lower your guard even though somebody only practice "safe browsing". Because sometime you can't help it no matter how much you try. Recently avast stoped me from going to my newspaper site due to some malware infection. when i tested the site with VT indeed several scanner detected the site as malicious. Latter the newspaper agency confirmed their site been hacked. I have no script in ff but i have permited my news paper site in no script due to my understanding that they are safe site. From this incident i learned only one thing not a single website is safe in the internet and you can't lower your guard while online.
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13 Sep 2011   #458
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post


I'm just floored at the carelessness of so many users today, I really don't understand why this is the case. Honestly who wants to damage their system or worse compromise their personal information!!???
It has to be convenient and many people would even prefer that the computer does the thinking for them. They just want to push a few buttons, at most.

In spite of all security and thinking about what i am about to do i still would never ever put personal information on my computer. In most cases you do not have to do that. Ok, it's sometimes less convenient but in the end it could turn out to be more convenient if.... etc.
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13 Sep 2011   #459
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gautam7 View Post
Totally agree that the person using the pc is greatly responsible for geting infected. But still its unwise to lower your guard even though somebody only practice "safe browsing". Because sometime you can't help it no matter how much you try. Recently avast stoped me from going to my newspaper site due to some malware infection. when i tested the site with VT indeed several scanner detected the site as malicious. Latter the newspaper agency confirmed their site been hacked. I have no script in ff but i have permited my news paper site in no script due to my understanding that they are safe site. From this incident i learned only one thing not a single website is safe in the internet and you can't lower your guard while online.
You are, of course right, but what about those people who set up the newspaper site? After all, they did not have their security in order.
I can still log in to my internet provider on an http site that you can find by googling and it is mentioned in first place by google. I can even change my password on that site. Can you believe it! If i add an s to the http address i get their encrypted site, i.e. they have http as well as https. Your choice. I could hardly believe it, mailed them and their answer was that my computer must be infected. They didn't even look at it. A bunch of morons.

I only turn on javascript if i really need it, e.g. to view videos. Inconvenient? Sure. It takes a few seconds.
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13 Sep 2011   #460
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional / Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Windows Firewall and Microsoft Security Essentials, Firefox running on Sandboxie with Temp files on RamDisk and all Windows Updates.
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