What online security measures do you use?

By midian182 ยท 28 replies
Sep 30, 2016
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  1. Yahoo’s admission this week that a 2014 hack led to over 500 million accounts being compromised was just the latest in a long line of hacks perpetrated against companies.

    LinkedIn, Dropbox, MySpace, Tumblr, VK.com, are just some of the firms that have had user data leaked online at some point. And it’s not just the number of sites being breached that is increasing, other online risks such as phishing emails, malware, ransomware, fraud, tracking, and id theft are on the rise.

    Today, more people than ever before use the internet, and many aren’t tech-savvy enough to follow reasonable security practices. But even the most advanced users can slip up; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts compromised after hackers reportedly re-used his leaked LinkedIn credentials (password: dadada).

    For this Weekend Open Forum we want to know what online security measures do you take? Do you pay for an antivirus program such as Norton or do you go with a free option? Do you always use virtual private networks to protect yourself? Are password managers the best way to avoid using the same login credentials on multiple sites? And, like Zuckerberg, would you go as far as sticking some tape over your webcam? Whatever methods you use, do let us know.

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    I use basic common sense. That alone significantly lowers my risk to malware, viruses and phishing attempts.
  3. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 570   +372

    This is my setup:

    adblock plus (techspot whitelisted o:) + noscript + paid antivirus [bitdefender] + comodo firewall [custom] + acronis + common sense

    Last week a pop up crashed my browser after saying my pc has a problem. After resetting my pc, I loaded my recent acronis image. Thats it.
  4. SirChocula

    SirChocula TS Addict Posts: 110   +102

    Qwerty as my password. Flawless.
  5. JackDau

    JackDau TS Rookie

    I think the capital Q is brilliant. Such a great variation on the standard. :)
    SalaSSin and SirChocula like this.
  6. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    And if you want to go rogue, Dvorak. It messes with all kinds of hackers.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

  8. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +318

    I check my bank accounts every couple hours to make sure nothing escapes.
  9. bluto 2050

    bluto 2050 TS Addict Posts: 270   +33

    Common sense data back ups ,Windows 10 on 4 PC's here .

    Chrome web browser default , Windows Defender ( * for windows 10 only ) , MS Malicious Software Removal Tool ,mbam free, ,mbam anti ransomware free beta ,mbam anti exploit ,Adblock and Ad block plus ...........no $$ AV bloatware suites or any spyware c**p and I never use the same password twice or at different websites and change important ones with any important ID or $$$ links regularly and I usually give out fake name/ ID /DOB info to casual use ( web surfing ) websites that have no need for accurate ID data or banking transactions outside of a single use or occasional paypal transaction and sometimes I use disposable email addresses .

    Significant savings /money /investment accounts ,assets etc are not linked to debit/checking and anything significant is on * another dual boot HDD stable windows 10 AU OS , another email acct and * not this daily driver SSD and ( this ) windows 10 OS and I don't casual web surf on that other W10 OS .
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2016
  10. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 149   +58

    Every website has a different password, 15 characters with special signs, generated live by a password maker.
  11. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Booster Posts: 106   +84

    Agreed. If I can't remember a single one of my hundred-or-so passwords then chances are no one else will either. Only took me 15 minutes to login to this website. :)
    enemys likes this.
  12. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +23

    Agreed. And not visiting websites with the goal of looking at b00biez helps as well ;)
  13. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Common sense.
  14. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    Google Chrome
  15. enemys

    enemys TS Addict Posts: 123   +110

    Well played, TechSpot, but I'm not telling anything. They are already watching me.
    Kunming and jobeard like this.
  16. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,140   +985

    You asked, so I'll respond:
    • tools which are PRO-active instead of REactive; meaning capable of stopping the access before the infection occurs. Email scanning and Webpage link scanning are fundamental here. Scanning files on disc is a REactive approach and the horse is already out of the barn. Gave up on Norton clear back to Win/98se !
    • log in for day-to-day work using a Limited Account and not an account with Admin privileges. This will foul a large population of Trojans and Virus'. The concept was recommend back in Win/XP, and now enforced in Win/8.1 and above.
    • the obvious mantra of Windows Updates.
    • I've mentioned using etc\hosts file elsewhere as a domain filtering tool to deny many 'phone-home' attacks.
    If I need (or fear I might need) to scan files, I use both Avast! Free and MalwareBytes (but do not autostart) and run the scans manually - - it's rare for me to find anything, even when scanning twice a year.
  17. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +429

    What? Me Worry?
  18. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,265   +436

    lol how is that tin foil hat fitting :p
  19. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    I don't use anything besides Windows' own protection. It's kinda hard to get viruses these days.
  20. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +31

    I used to rely on free avast but since win8 I've only used Windows Defender and malwarebytes for ocassional checks. Also adblock, common sense and generally avoiding questionable site/apps which seem to be false positives when it actually isn't.

    Few years back I knowingly whitelisted a malware which I thought was a false-positive. Lesson learnt. Better-safe-than-sorry logic for online transactions, watch out for https and site phishing.
  21. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +429

    Don't spell anything wrong in the address bar
  22. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Complicated, non-sensical 12 character long passwords generated by Lastpass and 2 step verification wherever possible. Although Techspot has incorporated it to work with Google authenticator and I have it enabled, I have never used it because when signing in I'm never asked to authorize. I don't know what gives.
    All that and a bit of God given common sense otherwise everything else is stock Windows or Google.
  23. RedBear84

    RedBear84 TS Rookie

    I use an adblock extension on Firefox & Chrome. All my passwords are generated by LastPass. I use Norton Security Suite(provided by my ISP) running on my computers.
  24. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 124   +35

    Not using windows OS is the best practice
  25. djb247365

    djb247365 TS Member

    NoScript (Firefox), Adguard (Chrome)

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