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builderz

Jul 22, 2003, 4:43pm
Since everyone is freaked out by the AW Toolkit and other nasty things
going around, I decided to make a post about Windows security. Also,
since I know a lot of you don't like to pay for things, all of the tools
listed below are completely FREE.

1. Get a good anti-virus program and update it often. Use its "on
demand" scanner that runs in memory and check files and programs when
you open and close them. Most now automatically update their virus
definition files at set intervals. Set it to update at least once every
one to two weeks.

FREE: Trend Micro's House Call
http://housecall.trendmicro.com

FREE: AVG Anti-Virus Free Ed.
http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php

FREE: Anti-Vir
http://www.free-av.com

2. Get the latest patches for Windows and scan your system for insecure
settings.

FREE: Windows Update
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

FREE: HFNetChk
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/tools/hfnetchk.asp

FREE: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/ tools/Tools/mbsahome.asp

3. Run a software firewall on your PC. I don't care if you are on the
slowest dial-up connection there is or have the fastest broadband
connection possible, just do it. Script kiddies and the like don't care
what type of connection you have -- they just automatically try to break
into your system with their automated tools.

While using a combination of a software and hardware firewall/router is
best, go with a software one if this is your first time using a
firewall. Also, make sure the firewall has outbound protection. This
will alert you if things such as a Trojan horse or unauthorized program
(such as the fake AW Toolkit) try to send or "sneak" data from your PC.
Also, be sure to run it at its highest security setting if you can.

FREE: ZoneAlarm Free
http://www.zonelabs.com

FREE: Kerio Personal Firewall
http://www.kerio.com/us/kpf_home.html

4. Get a program that blocks nasty scripts.

FREE: AnalogX's Script Defender
http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/system/sdefend.htm

5. Get rid of and/or block spyware, adware, and malware on your
computer.

FREE: Ad-aware
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

FREE: SpywareBlaster
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

6. Other tools you should get:

FREE: GRC's UnPlug n'Pray
http://grc.com/unpnp/unpnp.htm

FREE: GRC's SocketToMe & SocketLock
http://grc.com/dos/sockettome1.htm

7. Other tips:

-Disable File & Printer sharing if you don't need it. If you do, only
share the folders that you need (not entire disk drives) and use at
least an eight character password on all shares.

-Don't click on or open e-mail attachments from those you don't know.

-Read security related forums and news to stay current with the latest
trends and threats.

-If you don't know how to do something, look it up using your favorite
search engine (for example, Google).

7. Test, test, and test your computer's ports to see if they can be seen
by others.

FREE: GRC's Shields Up!
https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

FREE: Sygate Security Scan
http://scan.sygatetech.com/

FREE: Broadbandreports.com Scan
http://www.dslreports.com/secureme

And there are plenty of others out there.

Builderz
http://www.3dhost.net

builderz

Jul 22, 2003, 4:47pm
The second "7." point should be "8.", but who cares? :)

Builderz
http://www.3dhost.net

john

Jul 22, 2003, 4:48pm
Hey all! www.loadsofviri.com/download_this_virus.exe

~John

LOL!

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binarybud

Jul 22, 2003, 4:49pm
excellent advise Builderz and Thanx for all the links in one spot...:) Much easier to pass along this way.

Leo :)



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john

Jul 22, 2003, 4:50pm
I do :-D

~John

LOL

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builderz

Jul 22, 2003, 4:52pm
I knew you'd be the first to say that. :P The MSBA link is also messed
up, but people can fix that if they really want it.

Builderz
http://www.3dhost.net

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lady murasaki

Jul 22, 2003, 5:09pm
*WHAPS* John, lol. ;o))))


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ciena

Jul 22, 2003, 5:11pm
LMAO!!
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john

Jul 22, 2003, 5:54pm
:-)

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themask

Jul 22, 2003, 5:55pm
Hahahhaa.. You got whaped by a uber modeler!

tony m

Jul 22, 2003, 7:29pm
Another good security measure is regularly (i.e., once every month or so) changing privilege and account passwords.

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