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How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:11 am
by Link
In light of recent events I am putting together a general guide for people to follow. The purpose is to give instruction to people who may not understand or know how to protect themselves from internet dangers. This is a first draft, feel free to respond with ideas or comments.

Introduction
On the internet there are many dangers. Hackers, viruses, trojans, spyware, etc. If you don't your computer is not configured correctly or you lack necessary programs you put yourself in danger. Whether it be your computer crashing all the time or your UO account information being stolen. Completing each of these steps will help maximize protection against internet dangers.

Hardware - Router
There isn't much of anything to be done here. But there is one very good way to protect yourself and that is with a router. Even if you have only one computer, a network router is still a vital defense. Routers act as a sort of mailing system. Your computer sends information to the router, which in turn sends it out on the internet. When data comes back to you, it first goes through the router. Now any computer you contacted knows how to send data back, they have you address. Your router will only let data that knows your address from reaching your computer, all other data is denied entry into your network. This will greatly reduce the chances of random hackings and even some amateur attempts. The best part about this is you can pick up a cheap router for less than $30, sometimes free after rebates. Don't bother with a wireless router unless you plan on using WIFI sometime in the future.

Two more important notes. Make sure you change the default administration password on the router to something secure. The second, disable remote router connectivity if yours has it. This will only allow computers in your network to connect to the router, not hackers coming from the internet.

WindowsSystem Updates
Every version of Windows has a way to update itself. You can access this function via the control panel. Look for something that says "Security Center" (Windows XP) or similar. There will be several options for updating, I recommend turning on Notify of Updates. Having it run automatically can put you in a bad position if you are in the middle of a game. When an update becomes available a shield icon will appear in the system tray. Double-click it when you are ready to update. It is generally a good idea to update right before you are shutting down the computer.

To be added: Disable Remote Desktop, Disable guest account, disable file sharing if not used

Internet Browser - Use Firefox
If you surf the internet using Internet Explorer, you are just asking for trouble. Virtually every website based attack tries to exploit weaknesses in IE. I am not saying that IE is insecure, or that Firefox can't be hacked, but why use it when something just as good is out there and not being targetted? Firefox will run 99% of all websites flawlessly and you can always open that one site in IE if needed. Click the image below to download or learn more about Firefox.



Software Firewall
You already have your hardware firewall, the router. A (software) firewall monitors all network traffic coming into the computer. Some firewalls also monitor traffic leaving the computer. You want one that does both. If you get infected with a trojan, then a firewall only looking out won't stop your account password from being sent back to the hacker. I don't have a firewall recommendation at this time because the one I use has been discontinued. [to be completed]

Anti-virus
All of them are basically the same. If you have the money use Norton. If you don't use AVG. [to be completed]


pyware
[to be completed]

Ultima Online - Specific Tips
  • Use a Yahoo or Gmail email for your UO accounts. If someone gets your personal information, they can use it to try and trick ISP email providers into giving them your password. This is simply not possible if you setup an email at a free email provider with dummy information. Just don't lose your password to that email account! Don't use that email for any other purpose and a hacker will never find it.
  • Don't share your account information unless you are willing to lose it. Everyone has heard that story of the guy who spent 6 months befriending someone. Then they were supposed to meet in real life and when one was driving to the coffee shop, the other was cleaning out the account. So not only did they get stood up they lost everything. If you didn't hear that story you just did. Handing over your account name to someone should not be done unless absolutely necessary. If you do change the password right after that person no longer needs access. Account sharing is the #1 way people get "hacked" in any online game.
  • [to be completed]
More Information
You can use the following links to learn more details about each of the above topics.
- In depth explanation of a hardware router

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:31 am
by Azmira Zalof
Removing head from ass should cover just about all of it. :?

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:45 am
by Misanthrope
Internet Condoms

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:19 pm
by Solor Wroscan
What if I am being stalked online by some creepy guy named Link?

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:25 pm
by Ender
Solor Wroscan wrote: What if I am being stalked online by some creepy guy named Link?


Then I'm sorry you are screwed :( Admit defeat, and unplug from the net.

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:40 am
by Blackwell
Solor Wroscan wrote: What if I am being stalked online by some creepy guy named Link?

Unleash the true power of the moose

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:00 pm
by Vaen

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:55 pm
by YumYumMilay
A "Life" A "GirlFriend" Or Just send a hammer through ur moniter :(

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:36 am
by datedman
Good stuff. But I disagree a bit about antivirus. Also most software firewalls are a PITA especially for impatient people who get used to saying yes and stop reading the prompts.

I really really prefer Symantec Corporate AV, if you know someone who has it I highly suggest you er, have them add one machine to their license for you. That's it, that's the ticket. (There is no timer that tells it you have to renew etc., it's basically on the honor system.) SAV (or SEP, Symantec Endpoint Protection, the more recent release which also includes firewall stuff etc.) is about the best I've seen for spyware/adware protection plus antivirus.

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:17 pm
by Azark
useless post.

*waits for some hilariously funny comment*

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:42 pm
by hotdogsrgrossII
datedman wrote:Good stuff. But I disagree a bit about antivirus. Also most software firewalls are a PITA especially for impatient people who get used to saying yes and stop reading the prompts.

I really really prefer Symantec Corporate AV, if you know someone who has it I highly suggest you er, have them add one machine to their license for you. That's it, that's the ticket. (There is no timer that tells it you have to renew etc., it's basically on the honor system.) SAV (or SEP, Symantec Endpoint Protection, the more recent release which also includes firewall stuff etc.) is about the best I've seen for spyware/adware protection plus antivirus.
I highly suggest you stay away from Symantec products. Especially SEP.

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:24 am
by Lego
Update of Java and every pc at my school's Symantric AV stopped working.
And who's job is it to fix it?

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:47 pm
by Kayne.
Whats your best recommendations for FREE antivirus stuff?

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:04 am
by Lego
AVG free

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:23 am
by illFX
Link has posted some great advice, and I'd like to chime-in!

Mostly, 95% of the time, the following means are used to gain your
Ultima Online Account Information:

PHISHING SITES: These are SITES designed to mimic official
websites where a log-in user name and password are required.
You may believe you are logging into an official website, but
in fact you are emailing the information to a stranger!
To protect yourself, manually type website addresses (URLs)
in your web browser, or visually inspect the website (URL) address
IN THE WEB BROWSER'S ADDRESS BAR. If you are UNSURE, DO NOT
PROCEED TO ENTER AND SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION!

ULTIMA ONLINE RELATED WEBSITES: These are such sites as
hot-guild.com, and lnrguild.com. TRUSTED or NOT, NEVER
sign up to an Ultima Online related website using the email
address, user name, or password associated with your official
UO account.

And if you do, by all means, NEVER SELECT THE SAME PASSWORD
as your email, or UO account. For MAXIMUM protection, you
should sign up to related websites using a different email account,
user name, and password OTHER THAN THE INFORMATION
ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR OFFICIAL ULTIMA ONLINE ACCOUNT.

Even the email** account you choose to sign-up with, on related
websites, should use a separate password that the one required
for registration.

**Remember folks, THIS SHOULD BE A DIFFERENT EMAIL ADDRESS
THAN THE ONE ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR UO ACCOUNT!


Ultima Online Log-in User Names SHOULD NOT be in-game
character name(s).

I hope this helps! Stay Alert, Stay Protected!

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:47 pm
by Solor Wroscan
Also, stay away from creepy stalkers like Link.

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:22 am
by Cutter
Avast free > AVG free

So is Avira free, and so is Microsoft Security Essentials.

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:37 pm
by Cutter
AVG free still sucks

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:41 pm
by Link
Cutter wrote:AVG free still sucks
I currently use ESET Smart Security.

If you want a free version of firewall + anti-virus I think Comodo is your best option: https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-se ... curity.php

Re: How to protect yourself from the internet

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:58 am
by Blackie
Don't forget to download the uBlock Origin addon from the Mozilla site if you use firefox and add the most common of the misleading websites to the list, like... you know... CNN, NYTimes, Huffington Post etc.

I sincerely wish I was completely kidding!