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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Misses the 'big two' though
by deathshadow on Thu 1st May 2008 04:32 UTC
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Good article, but it really does miss two key factors to not just protecting your privacy, but denying 99% of the viruses out there from even getting a foothold.

Don't use IE, don't use Outlook. Sure it talks about 'securing' IE, but that's more like relying on pulling out than wearing a raincoat.

For the majority of users a good deal of what the article talks about - deleted files not being 'deleted', tracking cookies, unique id's on office documents - REALLY don't matter on Grandma's computer. Sure if you are in a secure office environment working on critical stuff the competition would love to steal - that's a concern... If you are going nuts making purchases on non https websites that nobodys ever even heard of - that's a concern... If you don't want wifey seeing your porn - then it's a concern.

Apart from that, if you are doing anything that REALLY worries you that much about someone getting hold of it, you are probably doing something illicit, illegal and frankly should get what's coming to you.

Edited 2008-05-01 04:35 UTC

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RE: Misses the 'big two' though
by Kroc on Thu 1st May 2008 06:32 in reply to "Misses the 'big two' though"
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I fix three or four computers a day, at people's homes, day in - day out.
The /only/ way to avoid the plethora of malware on the Internet is to use /anything/ but IE. Firefox is the first port of call, and adBlock - adverts & flash are a major security risk now, don't think that they're not. I've seen it all first-hand over and over...

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