Computers - Software Hardware : Are You Paying For Internet Security? You Don't Have To...

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  1. Feather

    Feather Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    i was buying norton antivirus paying like sixty bucks a pop and didn't know avg security is free and downloadable online. i paid hundreds of dollars being careless not renewing subscriptions when i didnt even need a renewal with avg. if you didn't know well now you do. search it download it and you don't have to worry about all those companies robbing you. just wanted to share this for those who are uninformed as i was buying and renewing subscriptions in fear of computer bugs and so forth.
     
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    Thanks for Sharing Sister!

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    You should have several layers of scanners including:

    a) anti-virus
    b) malware/spyware

    I generally prefer these to be separate programs and not all in ones. I also dislike link scanners/blockers as well as several other security services.

    Your computer should have its local firewall activated as well.

    Advanced*: For those of you who are computer savvy, you should harden your system on top of the scanners.
     
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    malwarebytes is a good defence against malwares and anti-virus. It is free for about seven days so only use it when desperate (AV, avira is a decent free one albeit a bit "paranoid", and firewall (win defender) should be enough). Malwarebyte, that I always keep on a USB, cannot however defends vs keyloggers and rootkits. However, there are programs that allow you to view all running programs and rate them in term of virulence. You can then click on the program to confirm whether the program is dangerous or not. If it is, delete it.

    Note a lot of programs that are rated as mildly dangerous is not really malicious but resource hog. But more important don't click on links you are not sure is safe and don't go on random websites. More importantly use Chrome (or latest IE). Google can notify you if a website is dangerous. Mozilla is weak.
     
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    I still heavily use Mozilla.

    If anything, I wouldn't recommend using IE. That's a great gateway for all sorts of exploitations.

    I do encourage the use of alternative browsers i.e. Opera, Chrome, Mozilla, and more.

    Be sure to keep up on patches and new releases of your particular browser.
    Another option is to use portable browsers rather than installed ones.

    Keep up-to-date on patches to your operating system and browsers.

    Paranoia*: Couple a portable browser with Sandboxie in order to have a near zero footprint browser.
     
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    you don't have to renew avg it automatically updates :)
     
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    What was stated above is true, although I do disagree with the "Mozilla is weak" statement. If you utilize Firefox, the 2 most important add-ons to get are "No Script" and "Ad Block Plus". I have never had a browser initiated issue utilizing these.
     
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    given it's age, it might have gotten over-run by this continuing capitalism-driven perversion of the tech, but here are some links that might still be somewhat relevant.

    like someone once said, destee.com is a veritable database of good stuff that folks have been sharing for a long time. take a look through the science and technology sub-forum of the science and computer technology forum.
     
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    What do you know about AVG? Why is it free? And.. in an age where you can be convicted and sent to prison for images stored on your drive.. or for words typed on your keyboard and posted to a website.. are you sure you should surrender that kind of control over your machine to a black box solution run by a group of unknowns?

    Think about it. Antivirus software has access to all of the key parts of your system.. Terrorist plans.. or Kiddie Porn or any kind of incriminating evidence can be placed on your computer through your "always-on" internet connection. And to non-technical people it sounds paranoid and impossible, but it's actually very simple. The truth is, this always-on/completely connected/integrated digital lifestyle that The Market pushes and promotes sacrifices security and privacy for profits.

    Rules to live by:

    1) Your internet connection should only be on when you are using it and disconnected afterward.​
    2) You should have a separate account where you transfer funds to be used for internet purchases.​
    3) You should never ever ever enable "Automatic Updates" in any program ever. The virus threat is overblown​
    by the Antivirus vendors as a strategy to drive sales. Fear as motivation is an American business principle. Further​
    Operating System (windows/Macos) are the mechanism used to slow your machine down over time and drive you​
    to upgrade to a newer "Faster" system. If it was fast when you bought it, how come it doesnt stay fast?​
    4) Learn how your computer works, how the internet works.. and not at some superficial consumer level; on a moderately technical level that allows you to understand whats going on in the digital world around you. If you don't understand the technology then you can be controlled by fear and the illusion of complexity. ​


    Now who is really willing to do all of that?... ha... almost no one..

    - Peace yall..
     
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    IE 9 is right now the safest browser, believe it or not. Firefox is pretty weak right now. I'm not using it. I've shifted to chrome. Mozilla is losing the plot.
     
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