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Discussion in 'Geek Patrol' started by AtlasRob, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Wolfcsm

    Wolfcsm Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2008
    Killeen, Texas
    A little bit of training and discipline are required for most of these programs to work:

    Anti Virus programs really protect you for the KNOWN things that are in the wild. They play catch up when something new is let loose in the wild - several hundred every day, most days.

    A good antivirus program ( whichever you are comfortable with), that is kept updated - each day is the best, is a good defensive wall around your system.

    But, if you click on everything that is attached, go to off the beaten path web sites or download everything you see - you are leading the intruder right past all of that good defense and into your computer.

    If you are using more than one computer at home use NAT (Network Address Translation) for your IP addresses, behind your router. NAT uses a group of IP addresses that are non routable. These addresses are never seen by the world that is on the WAN side of your router.

    FIREWALLS are great. But take a lot of work to get to the place where you can do what you want to. Once you have them where they are working and let you do what you want, you have pretty much turned off most of the features of the FIREWALL.

    One thing that can help a lot have a system or systems that adults can use that kids cannot. Set them up as you need and use them. Have another system for kids. Without a lot of care, they are going to get things that you do not want on your "good" systems. When they do - REFORMAT the system and start from scratch using an image disk to rebuild the system. After they loose their files a few times the idea of being careful will begin to sink in.

    All the security programs in the world can be defeated by the hand - keyboard interface. If it looks funny - scan it. Or better yet delete it before you click on it. Pay attention to scams in email - you are probably not going to receive $12,345,678,90 from your long lost Nigerian Uncle - DELETE it!

    Look at the links you get in emails. There are lots of attempts to get you to give out information to places that look legitimate but have a URL like: www.bank.com.what.is.this.biz That is not going to get you to your bank and will probably cost you a LOT!

  2. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B Administrator

    Sep 9, 2005
    Digger Driver
    Perth, Western Australia
    Nope...you just missed something....maybe breakfast...your meds....the 70's:rolleyes::rolleyes::D
  3. Steve Frazier

    Steve Frazier Founder Staff Member

    Oct 30, 2003
    LaGrangeville, N.Y.
    Actually, I got an advertising email from Best Buy last week and noticed the little "R" next to "Geek Squad" so rather than wait for their attorneys to find us and make exorbitant threats, I change the name slightly.
  4. willie59

    willie59 Administrator

    Dec 21, 2008
    Service Manager
    Knoxville TN

    That's smart. But I took Sqizzy's advice anyway...and ate breakfast! :D
  5. bear

    bear Senior Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Math, Physics, keeping out of trouble and doing od
    South Central Kentucky
    Avira Free version and Windows Defender. Windows Firewall. As long as you don't download a bunch of crap from dubious places you should be safe. If you do need to download a program I recomend C-net.
  6. HEO Girl

    HEO Girl Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2008
    Fence & Guardrail Installation
    Here, there, and everywhere in Maine and beyond
    Steve are you talking about the ones that I put in my posts usually?? Or used to until I guess you blocked them . . . ^ . ^ or = ] those? but closer together?

    and if you are talking about them they aren't random . . . They are my version of smiley faces. . . . . . .
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2009
  7. uffex

    uffex Senior Member

    Jan 23, 2012
    Lincoln UK
    This post is spot on what I can add most Linux distros fit into the same explanation, dare I say Microsoft platform is a continuing cost not only did you pay a premium for the platform you add virus protection at your expense. Ever bought a new machine without warranty?
  8. John C.

    John C. Senior Member

    Jun 11, 2007
    Machinery & Equipment Appraiser
    Most stationary plant that I've had to be part of has no warranty.