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Re: How to protect my computer?

Postby bipolar bear » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:19 pm

Alexandra wrote:
violet wrote:If one of the steps above is missing ..a person may as well not bother with any of the steps


That's not what I meant. The point is that there are different levels of protection. There's a clear difference between protecting yourself against a teenager running freely available software and an oppressive government.

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So since none of those steps is part of my current setup, is it already too late? I'm already fucked? :lol:

In that case, maybe I should just acquiesce, let them get on with it and buzz like a drone and baa like a sheep until they throw me in jail for a hurtful post I make on a forum or social media? :-?
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Re: How to protect my computer?

Postby Alexandra » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:36 pm

bipolar bear wrote:So since none of those steps is part of my current setup, is it already too late? I'm already fucked? :lol:

In that case, maybe I should just acquiesce, let them get on with it and buzz like a drone and baa like a sheep until they throw me in jail for a hurtful post I make on a forum or social media? :-?


Well, yeah. Not sure what you expected when dealing with governments. You mentioned that you use antivirus for a Windows computer. Microsoft operates in American jurisdiction and is subject to subpoenas and national security letters all ruled by secret courts and secret laws with zero transparency because national security.

Microsoft supplies the NSA with early access to security vulnerabilities allowing them to freely exploit them before they are patched. The NSA is also famous for introducing backdoors into, among others, Microsoft products. And they divert orders of core networking equipment to place backdoors in the gear that your ISP uses to connect you to the Internet. Just to be sure they hack your ISP's system administrators as well.

Your computer is hacked and the networks that you connect to are hacked. Yes, the government which you are trying to avoid already owns you. I'm not entirely sure why you find that funny. I did not speculate why you would want to protect yourself against a government. You asked, I answered. Do with it what you will.

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Re: How to protect my computer?

Postby bipolar bear » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:04 pm

I'm not entirely sure why you find that funny.


I don't, sardonicism obviously doesn't come across readily but it's far from amusing that you seem to be saying the fight is over and isn't viable to continue.
There's no need to speculate why I would want to protect myself against a government. I actually told you, I'm just an obstreperous cunt when it comes to governments and their agents and I want them having as little visibility of and influence over my life as possible.

Anyway, I was clearly viewing things to idealistically, simplistically and naively. I was hoping there might be a ten step method or something of giving them the finger but clearly not.
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Re: How to protect my computer?

Postby PSD_Kiwi » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:15 pm

Jeeezus! Sorry I asked now...hahaha!

It's a windows computer, I will use it for surfing the interwebz, Internet banking, watching movies and playing music, storing photos and documents (which I'll back up on Dropbox and external hard drives) and since I've recently kind of learnt how to download movies, music, TV shows the. I guess I'll be using it for that also.

Hope that will help you tech geeks advise me a little more accurately in laymans terms...please?
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How to protect my computer?

Postby ផោមក្លិនស្អុយ » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:23 pm

Just keep it in the fridge when you aren't using it.

At a minimum you should be looking at an Antivirus program, a firewall and probably a VPN.

I'm reluctant to recommends any because as soon as I do someone will jump up and down saying it's shit and theirs is better.

What I feel though (and this is just my opinion) that with free software you get what you pay for - with a few exceptions.
Google each of the above and there are plenty of websites offering top ten lists and choose whatever sounds best to you.
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Re: How to protect my computer?

Postby Alexandra » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:27 pm

bipolar bear wrote:you seem to be saying the fight is over and isn't viable to continue.


It's far from over. Unfortunately they have the high ground. The whole supply chain has been compromised in the name of law enforcement.

The more we use technology the more helpless we become. Snail mail is safer.

ផោមក្លិនស្អុយ wrote:Google each of the above and there are plenty of websites offering top ten lists and choose whatever sounds best to you.


Agree, keep it simple and be happy. Stop thinking too much.

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Re: How to protect my computer?

Postby v12 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:08 am

PSD_Kiwi wrote:Serious question for you all you computer whizzes on the forum...

Can you please advise me, in simple plain English (non-technical), what I should use to protect my new laptop from viruses, malware, spyware, etc..? Free software, paid software, whatever's best.

Just purchased a new laptop and last thing I want is someone hacking into it or whatever it's called. I'm hopeless when it comes to technology!

Thanks in advance

Protect for what, should be your first self-question:
- Theft -> Physical protection, Kensington usually does the trick against grab and run.
- Data leakage when lost/stolen -> Harddrive encryption.
- Data leakage to the Internet -> consider a Linux OS.
- Virus -> consider a Linux OS.
- Water -> separate watering and trying to be intelligent.
- NSA -> you have the wrong job.

Linux OS comes with largely everything you need in daily life.
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Re: How to protect my computer?

Postby Kachang » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:37 am

There's no such thing as full protection, so you better prepare for the shit to hit the fan, so you can act quickly in case something happens and be up and running quickly. Viruses and malware hit people hard because most people do not take the time to properly set up their computer, or make backups.

Fist, make sure you set your system up with two hard drives, no need for physical drives, but that way you can easily separate your OS and programs from your data. Once you've set up your laptop with the programs you want, make an image of the drive with your OS and programs. If shit hits the fan you can put back the image and you're up and running within an hour. You might want to make a new image once in while.

Backup your data on a regular basis, depending on how important your data is you can do it on one, or on several media. If your data contains sensitive data consider encryption. If you make an incremental backup it should take only minutes to make one. I use a USB flash drive for my common backups - I make one before I shut down my laptop - always. Invest in a good fast flash-drive, it will pay of. Cheap flash drives may have more or less decent read speed, but writing files might take ages, so....
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Re: How to protect my computer?

Postby C-Mon » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:02 pm

You might also consider switching to a Linux distribution. I've never had any virus problems with Linux without even having a scanning program. It's not foolsafe either, but most virus are designed for Windows computers and have problems running with another system...
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