safer internet tools

  • Least bloat (speed loss) security advice?

  • @fablor Your head. Don't click on flashy stuff that is promising anything, never(!) use online banking. Make regular backups and your fine no security needed. ; )

  • Zaibon, Thanks, but we all need as much security as possible today. The very evil things we call "Hackers" are now fully automated. No brains, just "for fun" join "Dark Web" Sites and become like worms on a fish hook.
    The real Hackers are today vicious international criminals who recruit schoolkids especially, to prey on the simple Net Users.
    The entire income of certain States like the Congo are basically coming from "Ransom" crimes that are PROTECTED internationally by Countries who can but don't do anything about it.
    Even little far away Australia contributes BILLIONS to the trade.
    I have been ransom-hacked twice in my tiny activities due to my members and friends being hacked and incorporated into this vicious trade.
    N.B. If YOU get caught there is no way out.
    You pay their $US 300 Ransom and Your hacked access is still sold on. Or, the swines simply come back again later.
    YOUR only slight protection is to have an expert help you set up a backup protocol and religiously follow it. (Note: most backup programs are easily compromised!) .
    P.S.: The safest banking system today IMHO is PayPal for most of us.

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    @fablor I'm a little late to the discussion but...PayPal has been hacked in the past. The main security issue is the one sitting in front of the keyboard.

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    @fablor said in safer internet tools:

    most backup programs are easily compromised

    I I've been using backblaze for a while and it works well for me, never been hacked. I would recommend it as a very simple set-and-forget offsite backup. I'm thinking of giving restic a go too (manual backup software) and so far it works well.

    As long as you pick a secure master encryption key, there's no way to "hack"your backup.

    As for general security : I agree with the above. It can be very difficult to learn how, but the best is to learn to spot hacking attempts, and to basically trust nothing you see on the Internet unless you are 100% sure it is legitimate.

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    @LonM said in safer internet tools:

    trust nothing you see on the Internet

    Yes... you sound like my best buddy, Fox Mulder. 😉

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    I started a thread for security tools that are for use with or without an existing AV.
    If you are running naked, I advise you put on some armoured underwear.

    If I were you I would install the Microsoft baseline security analyser (or whatever they probably replaced it with now), and make sure your system meets the minimum level (most PCs fail).
    Install the OSArmour tool from NoVirusThanks, and possibly you would be wise to use the system hardener tool as well.

    If you have already suffered with malware and ransomware, I would suggest that your opinion of using AV may be based on using something crappy, hence the performance hit you experienced.
    Also that perhaps of all people, you should consider using one.

    With a decent AV you can often set it to only scan files when writing.
    This speeds things up a lot as it means scans only happen when you download or copy files, instead of every time you open a folder or load a program.

    If you want to risk it, you can keep an AV loaded or available but disabled so not doing any runtime scans, and rely on daily scheduled scans, and manual scanning of downloads or files you copy from someones dodgy thumb drive.

    I recently did a comparison of last years AV tests to see which comes out top and bottom for most of the time. The top 3 all have a free option, so nothing to lose by trying them on your own systems and see how it affects them.
    Never rely on defaults. Always tailor for your needs.

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    @josiestall said in safer internet tools:

    use different tools such as (...) VPNs to ensure that at least your network remains secure

    Most VPN does not secure a network, so called "VPN" (means proxy providers) can track.

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    A VPN is more about privacy but can protect against some man-in-the-middle interception, but..

    Yeah as Gwen-Dragon points out they can actually break your privacy if they break the trust and faith you have to have.
    Some are up-front and do admit they log the traffic.
    They are them self a man-in-the-middle interception, so the only totally trustable solution is to setup OpenVPN and be in control of the end-point you want to use.
    Not convenient for many people.

    Thankfully there are good quality VPNs with high standards that make enough money from subscribers that they do not feel the need to sell user data.

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