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Protecting Yourself on the Internet + PC Safety (Last Update: Jan 7)

Every now and then, a user comes along and posts a suspicious link. You don't know where it goes or what will happen once you go there. I have created this guide to hopefully help with this problem. [quote][b]1. HOVER OVER THE LINK[/b][/quote]If you're not sure about the link that random guy just posted, [url=http://www.static.nextlevelgamer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/hover-scam-example.jpg]HOVER OVER IT[/url]. Usually you will be able to tell what website was just posted. [url=http://www.google.com]Go ahead, hover over this.[/url] See what it says? It says http://www.google.com. Be aware that links can be disguised as other links. Ex. [url=http://www.imdb.com]www.bungie.net[/url] *[url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=69261952]Tips from dazarobbo[/url]* [quote][b]2. HAVE AN ANTI-VIRUS[/b][/quote]Let's say you clicked a link and it lead you to a really weird website. You may not think anything of it. Sometimes nothing happens and other times you won't even know what happened. Always make sure you are using an anti-virus when using the Internet. Not only is downloading unknown items a bad idea, but so is visiting websites you normally wouldn't visit. There are many anti-viruses out there. A lot of good ones are free. Here are some (test your hovering abilities by hovering over these links): [url=http://windows.microsoft.com/mse]Microsoft Security Essentials[/url], [url=http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download]Avast Antivirus[/url], [url=http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage]AVG Antivirus[/url], [url=http://www.clamxav.com/]ClamXav[/url] [quote][b]3. NEVER TYPE IN YOUR INFORMATION[/b][/quote]Some websites are designed to steal your information. See that website you just clicked on to get free Microsoft Points? All you have to do is type in your Windows Live ID and password. DON'T DO IT! First off, nothing is free. If it's too good to be true, it is. Secondly, I assume the majority of you are already connected to Windows Live ID. Almost always you will not need to enter your information again. If you are ever unsure if you are actually inputting your information into a secure website. [url=http://images.brighthub.com/b0/8/b08e16a50302396bcd2671c803d404e0b2553b23_large.jpg]Look at the top in the address bar.[/url] If it's green, It is secure. If it's not, I suggest getting out of there! Also, where you are on these connections, try to make sure you are using [url=http://www.eff.org/https-everywhere]HTTPS[/url]. HTTPS is always secure, and when you input your information it goes through an encrypted connection to get to where it needs to go. Your address bar (or part of it) should be blue. [quote][b]4. CHECK OUT SHORT LINKS[/b][/quote]I'm sure you've seen people post a link that really short, but it gives no information as to where it's going. Fret not, there are ways to check! Firefox has a number of add-ons to automatically expand shot URLS: [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/long-url-please-mod/]Long URL Please Mod[/url], [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/expand-short-url/]Expand Short URL[/url], [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/xpndit-short-url-expander/]Xpndit Short URL Expander[/url] Chrome does as well: [url=http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/viewthru-expand-short-urls/]ViewThru Expand Short URLs[/url], [url=http://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/oldnehmjgfcannmkgkojafngdkhfkdpd?hl=en]LongURL[/url], [url=http://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/eclilalbnmdonojgjmkekinflhodgoii?hl=en]Miniscurl URL Expander[/url] There are GreaseMonkey userscripts as well: [url=http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/32115]LongURL Mobile Expander[/url], [url=http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/40582]TinyURL Decoder[/url], [url=http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/52584]LongURL[/url] You can also use websites: [url]http://longurl.org/[/url], [url]http://www.expandmyurl.com/[/url], [url]http://expandurl.com/,[/url] [url]http://www.longurlplease.com/[/url], [url]http://www.prevurl.com/[/url] When clicking on links, ALWAYS make sure you know what you're clicking. If you are unsure where you are, RUN YOUR ANTI-VIRUS & DON'T TYPE IN YOUR INFO! [quote][b]5. REMOVE/DISABLE ADOBE ACROBAT READER[/b][/quote]Adobe Reader has been under security attacks for [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10224449-83.html]years[/url]. It is best to be rid of it and download something that isn't under constant attack. For Mac, just use Preview. It comes with free with OS X. If you wish to edit PDFs, use [url=http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/]Skim[/url] or [url=http://www.scribus.net/]Scribus[/url]. Both are free. For Windows, download [url=http://www.nitroreader.com/]Nitro Reader[/url] or [url=http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/]Foxit Reader[/url]. Both are free. [quote][b]6. UPDATE YOUR OS AND OTHER SOFTWARE REGULARLY[/b][/quote]With updates come bug fixes & added security (if any). Always update whenever you can. [quote][b]7. DISABLE JAVA/ADOBE FLASH/USE A FLASH BLOCK ADD-ON[/b][/quote]Adobe is a very popular company, and because of that their software is always under attack, especially Adobe Flash. Flash is used EVERYWHERE on the web. From those annoying animated ads to fun games, it's always been Adobe Flash. If you want the best protection, however, you should remove it. Since a lot of sites still use Flash, though, you should download a Flash block plugin. This causes all Flash to be disabled on default until you click the Flash object to allow it to run. This way only Flash that you authorize to show will be shown. Here are some add-ons for various browsers: [url=http://hoyois.github.com/safariextensions/clicktoplugin/]ClickToFlash for Safari[/url], [url=http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gofhjkjmkpinhpoiabjplobcaignabnl]Flashbock for Chrome[/url], [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashblock/]Flashblock for Firefox[/url], [url=http://noscript.net/]NoScript for FF[/url] [quote][b]8. DON'T INSTALL SOFTWARE YOU DIDN'T ASK FOR[/b][/quote]It's quite simple: if something pops up on your screen and asks if you want to install some software that you didn't download or request, DON'T DO IT! [quote][b]9. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SHOCK/BAD SITES[/b][/quote]People can be malicious, especially on the Interwebz. Some will try to cause harm to your system for seemingly no reason. Some also will send you or post links to websites that are utterly disgusting, with the sole intention to get a laugh at your reaction. With that in mind, you should protect yourself. Of course, reading the steps above this section will help tremendously, especially if you actually download a few items. For security, follow these steps:[quote]A. Within your browser is the option to block pop-up windows. Turning this on will not only block some ads, but also some rather crude stuff that could cause your browser to stop functioning until you restart it. This setting should be located somewhere within your browser's settings.[/quote][quote]B. Download [url=http://adblockplus.org]Adblock Plus[/url] (Firefox/Chrome/Safari Only - Don't Fret! Look below). Not only will you be able to block basically whatever you want (images, videos, frames, etc.) but you can also subscribe to lists. [url=http://shockblock.rewq.org/]On this website,[/url] since you've followed the instruction already, click "Subscribe here." You will get a confirmation window to confirm this subscription. Click "Add Subscription." Then, [url=http://adblockplus.org/blog/blocking-malicious-sites-with-adblock-plus]Go here,[/URL] and at the bottom of the page (full page is an interesting read by the way) select, "click here to subscribe to the list in Adblock Plus." When the confirmation window pops up, click "Add subscription."[/quote][quote]C. [url=http://www.mywot.com/]Web of Trust[/url] shows you which websites you can trust based on millions of users' experiences. This add-on is available for all browsers. You can remove certain options as well to give more flexibility. It really only works in search results and when you're on the bad sites, so.... Firefox users, [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/greasemonkey/]download Greasemonkey[/url], then (Chrome and Firefox users) [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=27428424&viewreplies=true&postRepeater1-p=443#70216375]download this user script from dazarobbo[/url]. When you hover over a link on Bungie.net, it will give a SAFE or UNSAFE rating. [/quote][quote]D. Download a website blocker extension. You'll be able to block any website from showing up just by adding the site to the blocker. Some even feature the ability to import documents so make sure to take advantage of that. [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/blocksite/]Blocksite[/url] & [url=http://www.stardrifter.org/refcontrol/]RefControl[/url] for Firefox, and [url=http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hclgegipaehbigmbhdpfapmjadbaldib?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon]Website Blocker[/url] ([url=http://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/website%20blocker?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon]or this[/url]) for Chrome. I'm sure Safari and whatever else has extensions for this.[/quote][quote]E. Still feeling uneasy about clicking that link? Try [url=http://safeweb.norton.com/]Norton Safe Web[/url]. Just input the link, hit search and it will give you a rating for the site, as well as a full Threat Report.[/quote] [quote][b]10. DON'T DELETE SYSTEM 32[/b][/quote] [quote][b]11. SANDBOXIE[/b][/quote]Unsure about that file/software? Run it in [url=http://www.sandboxie.com/]Sandboxie[/url] and it won't affect your PC. You can also do this with [url=http://wikihow.com/Partition-a-Mac]Partitions[/url]. - I hope this guide has somewhat helped you all along your travels of the interwebs. Remember, you can never be too safe ;-) [i]If you have any suggestions for this guide, please post below. Thanks![/i] [Edited on 01.07.2013 8:57 AM PST]
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  • Edited by Spitfire: 12/22/2015 4:01:44 AM
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  • Found it! WOOO!!
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  • its a good to aware others about online fraud and whenever anyone use online service be careful guys [Edited on 01.08.2013 6:26 AM PST]
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  • FINALLY UPDATED! Thanks for all the tips guys :)
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  • I use [url=http://safeweb.norton.com/]Norton Safeweb[/url] to check if websites are safe, I find it pretty useful, though I've been told Norton is rubbish before
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] summer Nice sharing!!!![/quote] Sure is summer in here.[/quote] [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 Sure is summer in here.[/quote][/quote] [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 Sure is summer in here.[/quote] [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 Sure is summer in here.[/quote][/quote] [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 Sure is summer in here.[/quote][/quote]
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    no computer/mac is safe from viruses/malware
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  • I originally made this for a group I'm in for configuring Firefox, but feel that this may be useful here as well.[quote] First off, useful add-ons: [i]Easy level add-ons:[/i] [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/?src=ss]Adblock Plus.[/url] (Suggestion: [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=69260929]from there download the filter subscriptions in Duardo's thread.[/url]) [url=http://www.eff.org/https-everywhere/]Https-everywhere.[/url] [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/?src=ss]BetterPrivacy.[/url] ([url=http://i.imgur.com/McW4D.png]How you should you set it up.[/url]) [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/refcontrol/?src=ss]RefControl.[/url] (Set it to block the referer.) [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wot-safe-browsing-tool/?src=ss]Web of Trust.[/url] [i]Intermediate level add-ons:[/i] [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cookie-monster/?src=ss]Cookie Monster.[/url] ([url=http://i.imgur.com/Qavrd.png]How you should set it up.[/url]) Note: you'll have to allow session cookies for sites that require a login such as here. [i]Masochistic level add-ons:[/i] They provide the best security but may break the site and may difficult to use if you don't know what you're doing. [b]Not recommended for beginners.[/b] [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/?src=ss]NoScript.[/url] Blocks the javascript on pages unless you allow it. [url=http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/requestpolicy/?src=ss]RequestPolicy.[/url] Blocks cross-site requests. Meaning that images from something like imgur being posted here won't show up unless you allow it. Will break the coup script till all requests from whitelisted image hosting sites are allowed. Now for about:config, In your address bar type in about:config From there you'll get a message saying that this might void your warranty, go ahead and click the the "I'll be careful, I promise" button. First thing you'll want to search for is geo.enabled You'll want to change it to false. Next, search for keyword.URL You'll want to set it to https://duckduckgo.com/?q= This will change the search utility to DuckDuckGo. Next, search for browser.search.selectedEngine Change that to DuckDuckGo Next search for browser.search.defaultenginename Change that to DuckDuckGo as well. Next, search for browser.urlbar.trimURLs Change that to false Next search for network.http.sendRefererHeader Set that to 0 Next search for network.http.sendSecureXSiteReferrer Set that to false [url=http://i.imgur.com/ajAik.jpg]See this pic for more information.[/url][/quote] [Edited on 12.05.2012 10:45 PM PST]
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  • You should take Sophos off the list for Mac users. It runs with elevated privileges, which makes it a potential target for exploits. OS X.6+ have built in AV, but, if you feel you need [i]something[/i], go with [url=http://www.clamxav.com/]ClamXav[/url]; it can detect Mac and Windows malware.
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  • Thank you, good sir.
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  • Beware of shortened URL's. They could be Booby Traps leading you to malicious websites.
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  • SIP Softphone - http://www.adoreinfotech.com/softphone.html The features which make the SIP Softphone so popular are its easy to install, sophisticated to use and the quality voice transfer. It means that even a novice can easily install this application on any computer device or on any mobile device with having compatible operating system. By executing this application you can get the user friendly interface that exactly looks like a mobile keypad. Now you can just dial the number by pressing the numeric keys of this interface or from the computer keyboard and make the voip call on that particular number if your computer or mobile is attached to the internet through any internet provider. The facility of making and receiving calls directly from the desktop computer or a laptop makes the voip technology and SIP Softphone software much popular in the business world. Now one can make and receive calls even while doing some work on their computer. The clarity of audio and the marginally low call rate has made this technology to eliminate the traditional telephone network from the business desks. There are various voip software provider companies who are providing quality and robust SIP Softphone that can provide numerous other advance features other than just sending and receiving calls. They also let user to make customization according to their use and look while purchasing this software.
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  • Thanks.
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  • Thanks again btw. If I may add something, getting an anti-spyware is another good thing. I use to have Super Anti-Spyware on my old comptuer and it removed a bunch of garbage I had on there that I didn't even know. Credit goes to Yoozle for informing me and some others about it. [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Decimator Omega Thanks Duardo.[/quote] [Edited on 10.24.2012 10:51 AM PDT]
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  • How about removable disk? I think there are many things to be careful with removable disk too. and by the way, the last time I scan my USB, I got more than 300 viruses...sigh...
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] summer Nice sharing!!!![/quote] Sure is summer in here.[/quote] [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The S bot 9000 Sure is summer in here.[/quote]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Apocalypse [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Duardo [url=http://shockblock.rewq.org/]On this website,[/url] since you've followed the instruction already, click "Subscribe here." You will get a confirmation window to confirm this subscription. Click "Add Subscription." [/quote] Maybe you should mention/suggest noscript in parentheses somewhere in this part. Even though the linked site for shockblock states it at the bottom. Anyone know a good add on that blocks 3rd party sites/collecting data on you/tracking when you visit a site? [/quote] Ghostery
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Duardo [url=http://shockblock.rewq.org/]On this website,[/url] since you've followed the instruction already, click "Subscribe here." You will get a confirmation window to confirm this subscription. Click "Add Subscription." [/quote] Maybe you should mention/suggest noscript in parentheses somewhere in this part. Even though the linked site for shockblock states it at the bottom. Anyone know a good add on that blocks 3rd party sites/collecting data on you/tracking when you visit a site?
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  • thanks regards
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  • Good guide
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