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How I stay safe online

A few things I do to protect my system

1- I run NIS Live Update as soon as I log on

2- I use Norton's DNS servers   https://dns.norton.com/dnsweb/faq.do

3- I have SpywareBlaster on my machines  https://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html#Browsers

4-I use MalwareBytes as a secondary scanner  https://www.malwarebytes.org/

5- I use WOT in all my browers, and if either Norton or WOT red flag a site, I don't go there. https://www.mywot.com/

6- I try to only load software from the developers' website rather than 3rd party sites, and I always check for unwanted bundled software.

7-Finally, I use CCleaner to keep my system clean but I don't use the registry clean option,  http://www.piriform.com/

and I never EVER click on unsolicited emails.

So far, these tips have helped me avoid malware, and kept my system running well. I hope they help you.

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current

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Kudos7 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

Here's how I do it.

  • I have a good backup program  -  In my case Symantec System Recovery 2013
  • Use the latest version of Norton, in my case N360.
  • Use strong passwords and use different ones for each site.  I also change them from time to time.
  • Use Secunia PSI to help keep all third party programs patched.
  • Install all important security patches for your operating system.
  • Uninstall any third party software that isn't used  -  this includes bloatware often included with your machine.
  • I am now using Microsoft's EMET and can't see a reason NOT to use it.
  • I also use SpywareBlaster.
  • NoScript extension for Firefox.
  • Against popular opinion here, I am using MBAM Pro in realtime.
  • I have the free version of HitmanPro scheduled to do a quick scan once a day
  • I use HitmanPro Alert to protect my files being encryted by Cryptolocker.
  • Don't use cracked / illegal copies of software.
  • Be careful where you go and what you click on while surfing the net.
  • Don't click links on suspicious emails, or emails you are not expecting.
  • Use a strong password for WIFI and use the strongest encryption available.  Also, change the default password for your modem/router.

These steps work for me on my two Windows 7 x64 SP1 machines, but your results may vary.

There may be other steps, but they are the ones I can think of for now.

Cheers!

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos6 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

This is my suggestion of keeping systems from malwares and attacks:

  • Genuine OS upto date with all updates.
  • NIS as my first line of defence - upto date
  • MBAM as Second line of defence - uptodate
  • Default browser as Google Chrome with restricted script execution
  • Samsung recovery solution for backup and recovery
  • Adblock plugin in chrome and FF
  • Use Noscript addon/plugin
  • DiskCryptor/Truecrypt For drive encryption with non ACSII characters and keyfiles
  • 3rd party updater to check for updates, but not for dpwnloading those updates.
  • Direct download of patches and new versions from vendors
  • Sandboxie to test programs under quesion or to try programs.
  • Norotn ID Safe and vault to manage passwords which contains minimum of 16 alpha numeric and symbolic characters
  • Boot time protection and bios passwords
  • No toolbars and addons even if comming as by product of a legit software
  • Daily Quick scans and Biweekly full system scan
  • Use Norton DNS servers rather than public DNS servers to secure network or system, each network adapter or Router.
  • Use best of security options for Wifi connections like WPA2 Personel for connection
  • Use TFA (Two factor Authentication) for online accounts
  • Use CCleaner to wipeout browser caches and junk files. (If expert in handling registry then you may use Registry cleaner also)
  • Keep all driver softwares upto date
  • Revise all your Security settings atleast once in a month
  • Keep up to date on security, following news feeds on THN, Kerbsonsecurity, infosec etc.
regards, CV | There is no ONE TOUCH KEY to security . Be alert and vigilant. . | Always have a Backup Plan!
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online


Nikhil_CV wrote:
  • No toolbars and addons even if comming as by product of a legit software

Hi, Nikhil_CV.

I take it you have Norton Toolbar disabled in your browser(s)?

Semper ubi sub ubi
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

Thanks for the tips everyone, I intend to start using some of them. I actually have the Norton toobar disabled as I don't use safe share or safe search. In addition I will never use the online vault so the toolbar just sits there taking up screen real estate. I have it enabled in my add ons though as I rely on the safe web icons when they work.

Kudos2 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

Hi all,

Everything described above is great, really great, I use many of the methods described, but keep in mind that the "bad guys" are and will always be a step ahead, all the patches, IPS signatures, vulnerabilities, security updates etc, are released AFTER the vulnerabilities are discovered and not before.

If you are at the wrong place at the wrong time then.....

So please, keep attention while surfing.!!

Best regards,

Kudos5 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

All these tips range from the simple, to the more involved. Something for everyone.

If you cherry pick from each post fine, but whatever tips you use, BACK UP, BACK UP, BACK UP.

Whatever system you use, have something you can boot from, if you ever do lose your system.

Then at least, you're up and running. 

Also, there is always the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool.   http://security.symantec.com/nbrt/nbrt.aspx

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online


Inquirer wrote:

Nikhil_CV wrote:
  • No toolbars and addons even if comming as by product of a legit software

Hi, Nikhil_CV.

I take it you have Norton Toolbar disabled in your browser(s)?


Hi Inquirer,

Nice point to be noted. I didn't mean a trustable security software like Norton anyway. :-o

regards, CV | There is no ONE TOUCH KEY to security . Be alert and vigilant. . | Always have a Backup Plan!
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

I see.

Semper ubi sub ubi
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

Bumping this thread, again.You're all welcome to add your own ideas............

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current
Kudos2 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

This article might be helpful in keeping you safe.

http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-People-from-Tracking-You-on-the-Internet

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos2 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

Hi all,
Are we starving in providing ideas to make our systems and our data safe from disasters that may occur in anyway?
(i wish everyone who visits this thread bed their own steps. Together we can make safer our approaches :))
Visit the below link( As the date of posting, the link is not dead) :
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-harden-your-browser-against-malware-and-privacy-concerns.htm
.
And why most experienced users suggest you to download software from vendors link & why free aren't free always:
http://community.norton.com/t5/Norton-Protection-Blog/What-s-The-REAL-Cost-of-Free/ba-p/1140908
.
I hope it is helpful...
regards, CV | There is no ONE TOUCH KEY to security . Be alert and vigilant. . | Always have a Backup Plan!
Kudos3 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

Here's another useful guide from bleepingcomputer.com.

Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

Thanks, Krusty. Everyone should Bookmark that link.

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

Bumping this thread to the top again, and as per wha's suggestion, maybe an Admin will pin it among the stickies.

https://community.norton.com/forums/idea-tech-outpost

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current
Kudos1 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

An educative link : http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/ . . . . (thanks bjm_ )
regards, CV | There is no ONE TOUCH KEY to security . Be alert and vigilant. . | Always have a Backup Plan!
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

All of the above paranoia. You do not know the capabilities of their complex security and duplicate protective features. Vulnerability scanners generally just killed my mind. You do not know that the reputation Insight - the best vulnerability scanner? Symantec has developed the industry's best anti-exploit technology. The rest I'm not even going to list.

Be enough: 1) Norton Security (+Norton IdSafe), 2) Acronis 2015 (or NS with BackUP), 3) MBAM.  

Kudos5 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

The tips are not forced to users. We just scribbled some methods we follow/found will be surely helpful . Its your wish to follow it or not.
BTW, Its not computers' or software tools that are the weakest links in the net, ITS YOU!. And the net is as strong as its weakest link.
You=Me, you or anyone who uses a smart computing device.
regards, CV | There is no ONE TOUCH KEY to security . Be alert and vigilant. . | Always have a Backup Plan!
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

I'm using:
1. Norton Security 2015
2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
3. IOBit Malware Fighter Pro
4. IOBit Advanced System Care Ultimate
5. Zemana Antimalware
6. SpyShelter Premium
7. AVG Link Scanner Free Edition
8. Malwarebytes Ani-Exploit Premium
9. Spybot Search and Destroy Professional Edition
10. For safe surfing on the internet I use Cyberghost VPN Premium Plus.

Who beat me?

Kudos1 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

More is not always better, as is the case here ^.

I'm sure you feel protected but with all that running on your machine your performance and possibly your protection would be seriously compromised  -  most of which is redundant when running NS + MBAM anyway.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

Krusty13:

More is not always better, as is the case here ^.

I'm sure you feel protected but with all that running on your machine your performance and possibly your protection would be seriously compromised  -  most of which is redundant when running NS + MBAM anyway.

 I know that more is not better. But at least I know that 99% of nothing penetrates to the computer.  But this is no substitute for common sense.

Kudos1 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

Perhaps you have a false sense of security, but if it makes you feel good.

Why use;

  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium + IOBit Malware Fighter Pro + IOBit Advanced System Care Ultimate + Zemana Antimalware + Spybot Search and Destroy Professional Edition  =  Redundancy?

What happens if all of those programs try to remove the same threat at the same time?

For what it's worth, Spybot S & D is old technology and is next to useless against modern malware.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

Krusty13:

Perhaps you have a false sense of security, but if it makes you feel good.

Why use;

  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium + IOBit Malware Fighter Pro + IOBit Advanced System Care Ultimate + Zemana Antimalware + Spybot Search and Destroy Professional Edition  =  Redundancy?

What happens if all of those programs try to remove the same threat at the same time?

For what it's worth, Spybot S & D is old technology and is next to useless against modern malware.

 Spybot Search and Destroy, version 2.4 has a built Bitdefender antivirus engine. All of these programs I have installed do not bite each other, what is most important. They are auxiliary and support NS 2015 what he does not detect or recognize a file as a false threat, always check other security program. But there is no substitute all these programs common sense.

Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

@SKIBA,

Just as it is well known, you do NOT use more than one AV on any system, the same can be said for anti-malware programs.

This page says, "For home users who want spyware protection for their own or their families Windows based Personal Computers and do not need additional antivirus protection", about the free version of Spybot S & D, yet you say you have the "Professional Edition".  This page says the Professional version has, "Full Anti-Virus protection", "Scans for and fixes Malware", "Scans for and fixes Rootkits", "Live Protection", "Internet Protection" and "Immunizes System".

You can't see any conflict with everything else you run?

My advice(for what it's worth), keep NS + MBAM + MBAE, SpyShelter Premium if you like but dump the rest.  If you want a second opinion scanner I would recommend HitmanPro which is free to scan, does not run in real-time and you can schedule weekly or daily scans with it.

I plan on not commenting on your setup any more other than to say what I said before, "More is not always better, as is the case here"

If you feel secure and your system is running fast then enjoy!

Cheers!

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

Krusty13, shall add an additional line of defense. The most important thing that mutual NS, Mbam, Malware Fighter and others do not interfere with each other out. A Spybot Search and Destroy have the Professional version.

Kudos1 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

with that intrusive google about,i think you cant stay safe at all.Google does the same things that a trojan does.In fact in my opinion google IS a kind of trojan.dont trust it
Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

Thanks for all your help guys.

It has certainly given me something to look through.

Paul

Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

Kudos0

Re: How I stay safe online

The below described, is my main Machine used for Testing. 

1. Clean install OS "with every major iteration of Windows 10"

2. Update system, manually remove/install proper drivers

3. Install desired Applications

4. Adjust/tweak settings of OS & Applications

5. Place Norton Security & Norton Wifi Privacy on, adjust settings. 

6. Place Appguard on last, locking the system down

7. Perform maintenance "clean up and defrag"

- Always keep a copy of windows 10 "MS media creation tool" on a flashdrive for bootable repair/recovery/wipe. 

- Regular back ups are performed for personal files. I do not store personal files on the system, they are uploaded to the system, a copy placed on a external storage, then the originals on the system are used for what ever purpose such as uploading photos to a imagining site ect, then they are deleted off the main system, keeps it clean, light, organized, and removes the chance of losing anything to either infection or OS corruption. 

- Testing of products/updates/upgrades all take place in VMware "Virtual Machine" before ever being deployed onto main system. 

Norton Security provides me with an outstanding Smart Firewall and excellent Network protection. The other modules of course are very good as well. Norton Wifi Privacy provides me with a way to spoof my identity while testing in the VM, and encrypting my traffic.  Appguard provides the extra protection required when I'm in the Virtual Machine testing malware/products. It allows me to run the Virtual Machine as a Guarded app, meaning it will be placed with memory read/write protection against possible exploits from the VM itself. It allows me to literally "Lock Down" the system when I need too while testing.  The combination of the two products literally covers the network, the system, possible exploits.

I do not use Nortons toolbar in Chrome, nor do I use Safe search "at least not until proper extensions are developed, the toolbar removed, and Ask removed as the Base of Safe Search. I utilize Ublock Origin and custom filters. 

Last but not least,  safe surfing habits, these I utilize always. Even running the software equivalent of Fort Knox I have above, will not be enough if you are a happy clicker with no safe habits. 

Kudos1 Stats

Re: How I stay safe online

Great thread, really useful tips in here!

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