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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:35 am    Post subject: General Info. Reply with quote

Warrior Matrix has added this forum to help keep you safe. The more knowledge our users have of security issues, the more secure we can all be.

Passwords
They seem secure, but how many people know your password? Most people will choose something they can easily remember, a pet's name, their mother's name, a girlfriend/boyfriend's name, their hobby, etc.. This is bad. Your password should not be anything that you can easily be related to. It should contain upper and lowercase letters (Aa-Zz), numbers(0-9), and if possible symbols (!@#$%^&*()~`/\][{}=-_+;:><.,).
It should be as long as feasible without having to write it down somewhere.

Code Exploits
Software designers have a lot to think about. Sometimes they do not write such perfect code. A hacker will pick away at any piece of software in front of him until he finds that one flaw that lets him/her inside. We are naturally inquisitive and want to know everything we can.

Platform Backdoors
The worst offender here is Micro$oft with 90% of the world's personal computers running it's operating system, Windows. Chances are you are reading this from a Microsoft Windows XP machine that needs to be updated daily because of security exploits in their highly vulnerable code. If you are in the 10% of computer users runnig Apple's Mac OS or one of the Linux flavors, then you have no use for antivirus software or spyware blockers on your computer. Microsoft practically duct taped their software together and sold it to the whole world knowing it wasn't secure from attacks.

Know your enemy.
The people that are going to cause you the most trouble are what we call "script kiddies" who will google a program and find documented security exploits that come with instructions. They then will search randomly for a machine running insecure software. You can see where this leads. Basically you have to do the same thing they do. New exploits are documented all the time so stay updated. Do not run known faulty software (except windows because it seems you have no choice.)

Personal Computer
Do not let anyone use your computer and lock the screen with a password when you walk away. It is extremely easy to trash a computer, or steal information from it, when you are in the same room with it. If you use Windows, get a good Antivirus program (McAfee and Norton are resource hogs as well as Panda. AVG Pro is compact and very good. If you can get ahold of NOD32 do it.) and spyware blocker (Giant was the best until Micro$oft bought them out for their anti-spyware program. I would recommend Ad-aware from Lavasoft, Pest Patrol CORPORATE, Window Washer, Spyware Doctor, and/or Spybot S&D) Spyware is bad. It is worse than a virus because someone else is getting paid for your misery. Excessive pop-up ads, strange behavior, sluggish computer response are all symptoms of spyware or viruses.

Encryption
128 bit PGP encrypt anything that you do not want anyone to see. It has proven even fed-proof.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Edge,

Do you have a recommendation for virus scanning? I have tried Norton (useless), Trend Micro (I swear they make stuff up), and Kaspsersky (too invasive.) I won't even discuss Microsoft. Rolling Eyes

I'm about to reformat (AGAIN) and am ready to try something different. I can not switch to a Mac as much of my work is done in 3dsmax.

Thanks,

Cece
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've started to use search phrases with the inclusion of "sourceforge" or "open source" because the last few years has seen some outstanding free software developed by the community - including 3D software. When I did a search for "virus scanner sourceforge", it came up with Clamwin.

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Free Software Magazine Review


The latest issue (Cool of Free Software Magazine, has published a very positive review of ClamWin Free Antivirus. ClamWin was given 8 out of 10 rating.

Please visit this link http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/free_issues/issue_08/clamwin_test/ to read the full review.
About ClamWin Free Antivirus


ClamWin is a Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003. It provides a graphical user interface to the Clam AntiVirus engine.

ClamWin Free Antivirus uses the GNU General Public License by the Free Software Foundation and is free (as in freedom) software. To find out more about GNU General Public License and what it entitles you to, please visit the following link: Philosophy of the GNU Project - Free Software Foundation.
ClamWin Free Antivirus comes with an easy installer and open source code at no cost.

http://www.clamwin.com/
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate to be a killjoy but "computer security" is truely and oxymoron. I'm still running Windows 98 and a really good firewall. Why? Because it doesn't have all of the newer hooks in it XP does. Every progam today wants to access the web. Bite me. Wanna be private. Take your really essential information off the computer and off the net. I build, design and operate systems in an R&D lab for a major company. The systems I use are not connected to a network. Its policy. Think about it. It doesn't get a virus, it doesn't get auto updates that barf the rest of the programs that worked fine yesterday and you don't have to shove a rectal probe up your ass to log on. Very Happy My computer is truely my computer.
Good infomation like this board and others are an exception. That's about all I use the computer for.
Daily check to see if Armageddon is here.
News and radarmatrix to check on the daily HAARP activity.
E-mailing people, congressmen and media outlets just to tell them they all suck. Ya, that's been a problem, but, it's just so rewarding being more enlightened than 97% of the population!
The main problem is when the hard drive crashes and the time involved re installing everything is such a pain.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:46 am    Post subject: Antivirus Software Reply with quote

Norton - Don't waste your money. Uninstall if possible.
Panda - Good, but runs all kinds of services that waste resources.
Mcafee - Worthless memory hog.
Kaspersky - Best program out of the memory hogs. Most of the annoying options can be turned off.
Grisoft AVG - The Pro version is decent, but cannot remove some of the infections it finds. The free version is worthless.
Giant Anti-spyware - If you can find a version of this before Microsoft bought them out, it was the greatest malware program out there.
EDIT: I have learned that Giant is now Counterspy. http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/

Eset NOD32 - Very Good program, but sometimes can not remove files due to file restrictions in Windows.
avast! - The home version is free and does a good job, highly recommended. www.avast.com


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:13 am    Post subject: Funny this being my first post, but anyway.... Reply with quote

I recommend using linux to as many people as possible. I use the ubuntu distro , which I feel is excellent for beginners, really easy to install and use. The mission statement resonates with the orgonite movement.

As for Antivirus for windows I recommend Avast. it also allows you to monitor everything your computer is doing in real time.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giant Antispyware was good, but the definitions for it would be so far out of date by now as to make it wothless. Norton IS a virus as far as I'm concerned. I personally recommend AV Personal for Windows users, along with both ZoneAlarm and a hardware firewall.

Also, if you're having trouble getting rid of a stuborn virus/spyware, look into Bart PE (requires a XP installation disc).

Of course, Windows has so many security holes that it basically can't be seccured (one security researcher even found a backdoor for NSA in it last month...I'll link to that artivle if I can find it again). Linux or BSD are much better. I shy away from Macs because they're grossly overpriced IMHO, but they're also more secure than Windows. For Linux, Ubuntu is easy to use, ut they've managed to alienate the rest of the Debian community through the way they do certain things and given up a little stability to have a bigger software archive. Mepis is another Debian offspring that's easy for Linux beginnes. Being based on Debian is always a step in the right direction, since it's rrock solid even by Linux standards. Do not mess with Debian itself unless you already know Linux though. It doesn't even try to be user friendly (which, of course, is why people like me like it).


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giant is still being updated. Now it is all being maintained by Sunbelt. www.sunbeltsoftware.com

Norton is a virus. or at least writes all the viruses to stay in business.

I use Kubuntu. It is Ubuntu with KDE instead of Gnome.
I used to recommend Mandriva or Gentoo. Now Kubuntu takes the cake.

From the Clam AV apt repository:
Clam AntiVirus is an anti-virus toolkit for Unix. The main purpose of this software is the integration with mail servers (attachment scanning). The package provides a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon in the clamav-daemon package, a commandline scanner in the clamav package, and a tool for automatic updating via Internet through the clamav-freshclam package. The programs are based on libclamav1, which you can use in your own software.
This package contains the command line interface. It has: * built-in support for RAR (2.0), Zip, Gzip, Bzip2, Tar, MS OLE2, MS Cabinet files, MS CHM (Compressed HTML), MS SZDD * built-in support for mbox, Maildir and raw mail files * built-in support for Portable Executable files compressed with UPX, FSG, and Petite
For scanning to work you'll need a virus database. You have 2 alternatives: * clamav-freshclam: updates the database from Internet. This is recommended if you have Internet access. * clamav-data: for users without Internet access. Isn't updated at all once it's installed. You can easily create your own updated package from an Internet connected computer however, using clamav-getfiles.

It does a good job when I use my Linux machine to scan a Windows hard drive during backup/recovery.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, and for diagnosis - HiJack This! is invaluable. (Windows users) http://www.merijn.org/files/hijackthis.zip

It will give you a list of all the startup programs and Browser Helper Objects (toolbars) listed in your registry, and then let you remove them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See?

This is why I try to read then re-read everything on warrior matrix.

My computer (windows xp) got virused, and I went and bought norton/symantec.

IT said it got all the viruses, but my web page did not set back to default, as well as a few other quirky things still happened.

You are all right norton IS a virus in and of itself.

I went and downloaded avaste and ran it and 10-15 items show up and get taken care of.

Needless to say the computer is running very well now.

Only problem is I can't download my WoW patches now LOL.

Which is OK since I have rarely been playing it since I started making orgonite, only log in to say hi to friends.

Thank you for the tip EDGE Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be careful with Hijack This. I know a few people who've deleted the wrong thing with it and rendered their system unusable. It's not an unfixable problem, but it's far easier to avoid than fix. If in doubt, save a log and go to one of the many forums (use Google, I don't know any of them off the top of my head) devoted to having experts look at such logs to tell people what to delete.
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