Security online (Page 3)
Metaphorguy: even if you tell someone your IP address it doesn't narrow it down that much. With hundreds of thousands of people living in the average city this alleged stalker would have to spend years narrowing it down and you would most likely delete your skype beforehand. more than likely he's some desperate, lonely guy, but of course you can never be sure what they are capable of so make sure you watch lots of horror movies.
Geoff: One thing that it is very important for people to know is that antivirus software does not check the behaviour of every file that is being run or accessed, but merely compares the code with known viruses. Aside from some very specific behaviours (i.e. software requesting to act as a debugger) an antivirus is little more than a blacklist.
That does mean that if you don't have up to date antivirus software you're exposed all of the viruses that have been developed and released into the wild since you last updated.
Metaphorguy: A lot of third-party software is always installing spam-ware or ad-ware and claiming they are updates, to try and generate money for the developers. Sometimes it's better to just keep out-dated versions than to risk updating and not being able to browse the internet because your "new extension" is actually the internet nanny that wants full control of the computer and keeps crashing when visiting certain websites, which turns into 90% of the internet because it's super nanny on a control-freak, totalitarian regime blocking access to everything rather than just being a regular internet browser.
Geoff: That is why it's worth paying for antivirus protection.
I personally find Avira to be the best at sitting unobtrusively and not spamming the crap out of you. Even their freebie version only pops up on advert (for their own services/software) a day.
Metaphorguy: I feel like viruses, worms aren't as popular as they used to be. Browsers, security software, and staying updated have helped patch holes so people aren't as vulnerable anymore. Just don't install 3rd party software without knowing more about it. Keep that adware and everything off your pc.
Geoff: The majority of virus infections I see in my day-to-day work is from people blindly opening infected email attachments.
It's mostly those who are ignorant of the security risks (even though most email software will warn you about doing such things) and not having proper, up-to-date virus protection.
Metaphorguy: I can't believe people still me files like hotbabe.jpg.exe. At least try and be more creative.
RUBY: i don't use any antivirus and my pc has been fine
a tech once told me it's best you don't sue 1
probably the antivirus comp lets the virus go in your pc on purpose
zucchini: I agree Ruby....I lost 2 different computers I think to viruses. When I bought this laptop, I put an antivirus on and started having problems, so I uninstalled it. Have not had any issues since, so I'll stick with what works for me.
Metaphorguy: Yea stick with anti-virus. AV and firewall can interfere with installing some programs, but it does get rid of most stuff. I've had to manually remove viruses, and then sometimes upgraded my membership...........but whatever your computer will crash eventually.
Metaphorguy: It definitely gets quite annoying when your spending 80% of the time on your computer defending against hackers.
We run a number of servers and to be honest, if I was allowed to, I'd block all access to them from Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, Chines, and South America. Just to be on the safe side. Most of our clients are fairly small companies and I doubt any of them would receive much genuine traffic from those areas, and certainly wouldn't get any sales from there.
The flying Squirrel: Its a con , Like other people have said , I got a new Harddrive cos the old one crashed , that had Anti Viris ,
Ive had this Hard drive longer than the old one and never bothered to Install Anti virus Never had any problems
So yeah i reckon your better off with out it , Just a Massive Consparicy
(Edited by The flying Squirrel)
Geoff: Hard drives aren't going to be damaged by a virus. An HDD is most likely to fail because it's full of incredibly intricate moving parts. That, and the faster read times, is why there's been a move to SSDs.
And if you truly think you're better off without any virus protection, I do hope you don't do anything sensitive online and that you keep backups of anything on your computer you don't want to lose to some ransomware.
The flying Squirrel: In fact When I think back , I was so pedantic about running the Antivirus , Thingy And really all it did was gum things up and Make it run Slower , Like I Phones the way there designed , So your Discrouged from , Replacing the Battery , So you have to go bye another one
Yep Ani Viris amd the down loadable Security Thingys , Are one Of the Biggest Consparicys ever Protrayed on Computer Kind
The flying Squirrel: No well Yeah I dont use it for banking and all that If I did , Yeah you would need some thing , I kninda meant how you run the sacans and all that , but any hoo
The flying Squirrel: So I phones dont want you to go out and Upgrade a new handset every time they come up with a New Model , Micosoft doesent want you to Install the latest version of Windows , With all the added spy ware that comes along with it
Watch out you dont run into a Bad guy going down the computer store
Yeah yeah I know if you could Carrey a weapon you would feel safer