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Old 10-24-2006, 01:57 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by benjhind
I go with the "dont care" principle... I use no protection whatsoever, and IE, .....A million people would call me an idiot,
Have you considered that by taking this approach although you may feel that your the only one with problems as a result, you could (without your knowledge) become an open spam relay, or have your PC become a storage service for those with nefarious purposes in mind? Virus's could also be happilly using your PC to spread themselves via your email address book, as well.

I've seen lots of people take a similar approach only to have their ISP call them and suspend their internet service because their computers became spam-sending or virus sending drones, or they found out that some script-kiddie was using their PC (via a backdoor virus) as a FTP server to store (and spread) pirated software, porn...or worse.

Quite often the person involved had absolutely no idea, and may be criminally responsible regardless.

I'm not trying to be ignorant or anything, but just sayin'.

The second a compromised PC connects to the internet it's very likely that you are no longer the sole individual now paying the price for the lax security on your own machine....hundreds or thousands of others could also be paying for it.
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Old 10-24-2006, 02:55 PM   #22
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Removed, Sorry.
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:16 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Dave Holmes
As someone who has been working with computers for nearly fourty years, I have found that the only sure way to protect your computer 100% is to unplug it, pack it in a box and bury it somewhere.
Dave, you forgot the two other items: fill box with cement and drop it in the Mariannas Trench.

Keep your software (that's programs and the operating system) current, go with the main-line and reputable firewalls and AV packages, regularly use SpyBot Search-and-Destroy as well as the other main cookie-munchers, turn off preview of e-mails and be suspicious about any incoming mail that doesn't look right.

Oh yes, almost forgot. apply whatever security settings are available on your home network (even if it's just a basic wireless modem) -- make sure that no one can connect through you for free internet. If there's a network key setting on the modem to connect, use it; if there isn't, get one that does. Also, all transmitted items to the wireless modem should be encrypted.
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Old 10-24-2006, 04:06 PM   #24
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(this should have been an off-topic discussion)
Ahh but may offer how relevant it is to the subject and the board. I thought about putting it in the off topic but I was worried about it going unseen by the majority. A computer in this hobby these days is like a charger or a cycler. I look after my computer as I do my computer radio. With friends being found and communications getting personal (off board etc) I thought it be best presented in general discussion. Hope you're ok with that

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Old 10-24-2006, 04:16 PM   #25
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Does not bother me Steve, just thought I would point it out.
You could use the same logic for most off-topic items, then you may as well eliminate the off-topic heading.
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I am a Shaw customer and found out they offer a free Shaw Secure program which I have downloaded and installed on both my computers at home. My kids use stuff like Limewire and to this day still no problems. It updates automatically and is totally pain free except when there are large updates ready - then it goes home to the mothership to download and install them before your e-mail and IE will run. Works for me an so far it had maintained itself.
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Old 10-24-2006, 04:43 PM   #27
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Is it really acceptable to download the protection
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I don't have a problem with "downloading protection".

It's when my computer does things that I have no idea why that I get worried.

I've had my wireless connection get really slow on several occasions. I logged into my router to find that there were a couple other computers connected. After unplugging the ADSL line, and effectively booting them, I go in and set up passwords etc. Reconnect the ADSL, and everything is as it should be. It seems my router sometimes will reboot, and default to the original configuration.

I now check it anytime something seems to be slow.
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Old 10-24-2006, 05:44 PM   #29
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I've haven't had much computer problems last four years or maybe I don't surf the net as much. I've been using Trend Micro's PC-Cillin and not had any troubles.

The most I seem to get on virus scan are data miner cookies, which are considered low threat.
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Originally Posted by benjhind
Like I said, a million people would call me an idiot.

Works fine for me.
I wouldn't call that idiocy, since you are full aware of what you are doing and why. The terms "arrogant", "selfish" is more appropriate. No offence.
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