Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 1st May 2008 01:55 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Security consultant Howard Fosdick has contributed the latest entry in the 2008 OSNews Article Contest: a highly detailed examination of security and privacy on the Windows platform, and how to use free software tools and a little knowledge to protect your privacy online.
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Use a Ramdisk
by Jerra on Thu 1st May 2008 02:55 UTC
Jerra
Member since:
2008-05-01

One tip is to create a ramdisk and redirect your browser cache's to there (and the relevant web site tracking index.dat file will also be created there). Once the PC is turned off all the data in it goes with it.

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RE: Use a Ramdisk
by broch on Thu 1st May 2008 13:58 in reply to "Use a Ramdisk"
broch Member since:
2006-05-04

wrong tip,
RAM (in spite of general belief) can retain information for minutes/several days. With physical access to your machine it is possible to retrieve information from RAM.

Linux (UNIX in general) does exactly the same thing:
run
dd if=/dev/mem bs=1m count=[mem size] | strings | grep [whatever]

dump it

rather encrypt whole disk with AES-loop


When I was using windows boot/system partition was read-only (with registry fixes for some Adobe and MS programs) for users (cache/temp moved to another partition)
always used Run As (never logged as root), never used IE. Updates. firewall (OpenBSD/PF, and windows firewall)
for several years systems were clean (viruses/malware) with long uptimes

I am not saying that this is best way of protection, but worked for me.

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