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Has your online behavior changed in the past two years?

by Marc Bennett CNET staff/forum admin / February 7, 2006 7:12 AM PST

Has your online behavior changed in the past two years because of increased security concerns?

Yes, drastically (in what way?)
Yes, slightly (in what way?)
Not at all (really? tell us more)

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Dramatic increase...
by John.Wilkinson / February 7, 2006 9:13 AM PST

The internet is becoming ever more replied upon in this digital age. With most information just a click away, and downloads taking just moments on fast DSL and cable internet connections, other forms of communication, including books, newspapers, mail, and even phones, are slowly taking the back seat to the world wide web. With more and more people 'logging on,' especially the world's youth, the question is not 'has online behavior changed,' it's 'what affects have come from online behavior changing?' Just something for those who don't reside in the tech world to think about. (Those of us who are geeks don't have to think about it...we know there are no harmful effects of living on computers, don't we? ;))


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by chrisgriffith / February 7, 2006 2:00 PM PST
In reply to: Dramatic increase...

I have placed my provider, in my address book with the name 2optus. This means it is easily accessible being the second on the list.

As I scroll down my email, I can pick out the spammers. These I forward to and hope and trust that their expertise is far better than mine and that they should know how to stop these bloody idiots!

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I do make online purchases but only through Discover Deskshop. There is still a risk but not as great using my actual credit card number.

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Very Little Change to Security Concerns
by erwinrking / February 7, 2006 10:19 AM PST

What's the rave? When you get my age, the only one to trust is yourself: and there are days that is a mistake. The whole silly mess causes one to wonder, just who or what is instigating all this security flimflam? The whole world is Henny Penny - the sky is falling.
I'll just carry on, like the good little trooper "we" are supposed to be...!

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Online behavior and paswords.
by williameis / February 7, 2006 10:29 AM PST

I have added complexity to my passwords, change them more often and use different passwords for sites that could lead to identity theft.

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Online behavior change
by ray nutter / February 7, 2006 10:41 AM PST

With all the security available, I see no reason to change my habits. Of course, I have never been too reckless to start with.

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Online activities
by cardinal_33 / February 7, 2006 10:49 AM PST

Changed ,? not a whole bunch. I did put sp2 ,on my machine,and I do scan more often.Twice a day instaed of once,(lavasoft ,disk cleanuo etc. plus a new av program ,dang thing cost 50.00 but a new computer costs much more ...

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Not much online change...but..
by steve_is / February 13, 2006 6:51 AM PST
In reply to: Online activities the last couple years I have picked up a firewall, two virus scanners, four anti-spyware apps and an app that stops processes from starting until I give the okay (my firewall also does this, as well as two of the anti-spyware products).

My online behavior has changed little.

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Online behavior unchanged
by Bill Coughlan / February 7, 2006 10:50 AM PST

With the use of Norton Antivirus, Zone Alarm firewall, and several free anti spyware programs, all automatically updated, I go where I want on the internet.

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by ecterry / February 7, 2006 10:53 AM PST

Strange as it aseems I hace serious clausterphobia now and this is after serving 20 years in Submarine Service. I also had a fear of flying before 9-11 but no it would take a family emergency to bet me on a comercial flight. I'm no afraid to fly military or small private. Pretty much a land liner anymore.

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No changes for me
by edbrady / February 7, 2006 10:56 AM PST

Why should I change my online behavior? I have NEVER entered personal financial information anywhere on the net. I don't need online banking. My bank is 2 blocks away. I don't need to pay bills on line. I can pay those I have in the same place.

Sure; I guard against viruses, trojans, spyware, etc. But steal my financial information? Not a chance!

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security behaviour changing
by sophsgran / February 7, 2006 11:01 AM PST

Yes, I have been using my security programs every day, and sometimes twice a day when I have been online for several hours.
I use AVG free, AdAware, Spybot, and Windows Malicious
Software Removal tool and find these have found any
problems I run in to.
The incedents of spys has increased fourfold in the last two years though the viruses have not.
I also have found that Windows Explorer is attacked far more frequently than any other search engine I use.

Thanks for CNET, I have learned so very much from you all.

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Not changed a bit
by martyvonx / February 7, 2006 11:04 AM PST

Two years ago I used Windows Firewall, and I still do. I also continue to use Norton Antivirus. But mainly I just rely on my own judgement. And though there may be more scams out there than there used to be, I deal with them the same way I always have; by only trusting legit sites.

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recent security
by Jeckler / February 7, 2006 11:05 AM PST

I have downloaded avg free and msn and use yahoo free and zone alarm and have booted out paying to norton,tks JIM

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by rdgrnr1 / February 7, 2006 11:08 AM PST

I just do my best to keep clean, and try to protect sensitive info by all of the means at my disposal. I switch protection periodicly, among all the favorites.

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take classes
by 1caroline / February 7, 2006 11:12 AM PST

I took lots of classes like online security, protecting your pc, using antivirus/antispyware software, PC updating/repair/trouble shooting. And writing cookies and spyware.I even read the hackers hand book. Everything I could get my hands on. I've learned what to fear and what is good. And don't ask me to delete my cookies. I want to log in classes, etc. Easy access, I'm in a rush.(The need for instant data transfers ie. computers and the net.) I am not paranoid any more. I can operate and function in a more normal state. Even productive. I feel if everyone educated themselves the wouldn't need to scare buy so much junk. Companies want the scare buys not to scare business away. People should relax and learn, take a coffee/class break.

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Times 2
by bknowledge / February 7, 2006 9:42 PM PST
In reply to: take classes

I don't visit the same sites that I once did but that just because my interest have changed. Basically just read up and keep your software updated and that?s it.

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No Way
by engine101 / February 7, 2006 11:16 AM PST

By keeping up with the anti-virus software and a firewall, along with the spy/ad aware programs. My system haas not been comprimised in any way. BTW it helps to stay away from the porn sites.

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Why ?
by hgs / February 8, 2006 8:32 PM PST
In reply to: No Way

Not necessary, I'm a mac-user.

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by swathingscientist / February 9, 2006 3:33 AM PST
In reply to: Why ?

99% of the time,I use only MS products.My ISP is MS using Msn Explorer Premium Service.Explorer is still the Flagship OS for MS.Has no updates,any minor changes are automatically made while your shutdown and seldom,if ever notice them when you re-boot in the morning.NO EMAILS come to you without Msn having scanned them first.Has it's own browser and enclosed email client.Click on an email and if there is an attachment(as all AOL emails come)it doesn't open until you wait for Msn to scan and give the all clear.Have yet to have/see any viruses/worms/trojans or the like with this service.Like a good MAC,it has excellant protections built in and hackers don't bother with it.Browser allows no toolbars or add-ons to give you any hassle either.One very nice thing I enjoy is the 2gb worth of storage--ON THEIR WEBSITE SERVERS,not on your computer.Thus even if you have to do a re-install,you lose nothing,soon as you sign on again,your entire emails and storage are there waiting for you.Access price is absolutely comparable to any other ISP but with 10 times the benefits,safety.Only time I ever pull up/use the IE is to search from Google for something I want.Another great feature is that my satellite/phone/internet are all on one bill and you get a reduction in fees for having the bundle.SS

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A bit more carefull
by wheelzup / February 7, 2006 11:23 AM PST

I still purchase nearly all of my PC parts online but I've learned not to jump at the lowest price I see since if it's much lower then most places it could be the old to good to be true saying. I check the place out on and other similar services first. I'd rather pay a bit more just to know that my transaction is relativly safe.
As for general internet use I try to hide my identity unless a site I visit regulary needs to have a cookie on my hard drive. To do that I've been using Zone Alarm with what seems like some success. At least I'm not getting tons of junk email anymore.

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Security Concerns are definitely heightened!!!!
by Elinorann / February 7, 2006 11:37 AM PST

I had Nortons Suite free for 6 months from Dell when I received my new computer two years ago. My computer after a while became sluggish with pop ups etc.I was told it was viruses and adware. I started asking around for a new anti virus system that I was willing to pay for. I was advised by my tech man at the office to invest (under $35) in Bit Defender. Plus I use Webroot Spy Sweeper for adware etc.

First of all- it seems that Bit Defender and I are compatible. It works well, and if it finds a virus, it tells you so in the scan. No question like with Nortons. With Nortons if it caught a virus- I didnt know where it was located.It is very important to know where the virus is- in your computer. It must be pinpointed. Bit Defender does that.

After I got rid of Nortons, I installed Bit Defender and I immediately did a virus scan. Of course it found 2 viruses right away. I didnt know from Nortons that I had a virus in the system.

What a story- not easy- but for me Bit Defender works.
I now scan for adware daily and Bit Defender weekly.

Montreal Canada

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In reply to Elinor Ann
by Elinorann / February 7, 2006 11:48 AM PST

I forgot to mention that it is impossible not to pickup a virus or adware when surfing on the internet.

This world is huge with Billions of individuals. Many wierdos out there who gleefully create these viruses.
They are sickees that won't go away unfortunately.

We must realize that we need protection on the internet:-
1) Firewall
2) Anti Virus Program
3) Anti Spyware Program

You can run only 1 anti virus program at a time.
You can have more than one anti spyware program.

When I first starting using computers- I knew nothing about firewalls + anti virus etc. With Service Pack 2- you have a firewall from Microsoft and a built in pop-up blocker.
I was extremely pleased when I installed Service Pack 2. You download it from Windows Updates.

You must be diligent about policing your computer.
Consistancy is the key to success.

Good luck
Montreal Canada

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Not at all.
by THE MAC GOD / February 7, 2006 11:39 AM PST

I have a Macintosh. To date, there are no known viruses or spyware in the wild. Even the 3 or so possibilities of viruses/spyware that have come up for the Macintosh are negligeble and are not wild. They also need to be authenticated by an Administrator to work. But, I can surf the web with impunity and download pretty much anything I want...

Hate to sound like a fanboy, but truth is truth.

5 years, no viruses.

Even Vista has viruses.

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NO Change
by royc / February 7, 2006 11:40 AM PST

Kicked out NAV, Didn't like the DRM garbage.

AVG, Zone Alarm, AdAware, Spybot and Counter Spy and I can do my thing on the 'Net.

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I have increased my security slightly
by Bill2x / February 7, 2006 12:16 PM PST

Now that I have a fast cable connection I have begun using a firewall. I had not felt it necessary before I started leaving my computer turned on for longer periods of time.

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"my behavior has changed"
by sprettycat / February 7, 2006 12:18 PM PST

hi, very interesting a person now days has to be very careful,what they do on the internet i have had more viruises,trojon's sypware,ect in the pass two years then i can count,and how does ones hard drive get half currupted....i keep going around in circles,it is to bad that people just don't use their computers for the right things instead of playing head games...thank you

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Online Behaviour
by nomadd74 / February 7, 2006 12:20 PM PST

Not at all since I rely on my isp and it's wonderful junk mail protector. Catches all unwanted mail, nothing else gets through. However, I do not use music sites where most of the problems occur with leaving your computer open to others.

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What I did change...
by ralphguay / February 7, 2006 12:24 PM PST

After various little menaces devoured my PC with technobiological agents, I took the plunge and bought my first Mac...powerbook G4.

No problems since...

Too bad that MicroBill has no real interest in producing a product which will actually PROTECT his clientele.

RB in MT

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Mac again, Tiger take it easy
by r061074s / February 7, 2006 10:04 PM PST
In reply to: What I did change...

4 year ago i mooved to win bc of cheep prices & this easy way to do everything (bc nobody finish there program) half way it's allready finish on win so you get payed & ask to be payed to update(actualy finishing what you start
but about a year & half ago when i relesed that i spend more time fixing than actualy creating i start mooving back to OS X
the mac is a tool to do, Win is one of those do it again it's still working
So working or providing i guess the choise is done
try tiger you may discover the definition of personal PC

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