January 03, 2013
Part 2 is here.
Part 3 is here.
Let me see if I can get this mostly finished off tonight. I meant to do so yesterday, but work was a bit busy and I couldn't quite sit down to think about this stuff.
So you've got your AV software, Malwarebytes, and Web of Trust, not to mention Adblock Plus... what else is there?
Run your system as a user not as an administrator. Windows does not make this easy to do (although Win7 is far better than earlier versions). If you run as a user, there is quite a lot of malware that can't infect your computer because it doesn't have "permission" to do so. Simple as that.
Update, update, update! Keep your system updates, up to date. This will save you from those little nasties that have already been found and patched, but can still get to unpatched computers. Set your updates to automatic if you can't or won't go get the updates when they are announced.
Update any Windows Office software whenever there is an update. Makes it harder for your system to be hijacked by clicking a wrong link.
Use Adobe Reader 11 or greater. If your Reader version is earlier than 10 you are probably already toast. But check your version and if you have an older one, uninstall it then go get the newest version. It is a pretty secure version and it automatically checks for updates so you don't have to. Get it.
Or use Foxit Reader which is much lighter weight and so much faster to open than Adobe Reader.
Make sure your Adobe Flash is up to date. You can check here. As this is one of the biggest holes for malware to jump through and get on your system, make very sure you are always up to date!
Last of all if you have Java on your system, make sure it is up to date on patches too.
Of course - do not click links in emails. Do not ever let a website install some bit of software so you can "watch that video". The standard stuff you should always do.
All of this will help keep the crap off your system. But nothing is foolproof. Even if you are meticulous, you could get hit with some malware. So have a backup of the stuff that is important! Have recovery disks so you can reinstall your OS if it's really bad.
Then all you can do is hope that you don't end up wasting a weekend trying to rebuild a system or something. Short of staying off the internet altogether, that's about all you can do.
As you can see, I'm still here. But I prefer the world with internet access to being so "safe" I have no contact with anyone else. We all have to decide what we are comfortable doing.
Posted by: Rev. Paul at January 03, 2013 10:38 PM (DkimJ)
Posted by: Teresa at January 03, 2013 11:32 PM (hJwgq)
Ahhh... makes sense, thank you once again for sharing!! I'll change that right now...
Posted by: Pam at January 05, 2013 07:48 AM (VZULe)
Posted by: Teresa at January 05, 2013 11:31 AM (hJwgq)
We're going to reload my hard drive soon so I'll set myself up then as a user.
Did you see this? The implications are huge, especially for hospitals and government; anywhere privacy is a big deal..
Posted by: Pam at January 07, 2013 08:09 PM (VZULe)
Posted by: Teresa at January 07, 2013 11:11 PM (hJwgq)
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