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Basic security question---

by Cletus29 / January 16, 2007 11:47 AM PST

Win XP Home SP-2---File and Printer sharing turned off.
Win 98SE---File and Printer sharing turned off
Firefox Browser
Cable modem
WI FI used for Internet access only?no file sharing

Use many of the anti-malware utilities suggested on this forum.
Scans always show tracking cookies, but nothing else.

Both computers contain sensitive data: On-line banking, on-line prescription purchase, passwords and so forth.

What is my element of risk with this setup and what additions/changes would make it more secure?

Thanks---

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Chapter 7: Security Checklist - Maintain it.
by Donna Buenaventura / January 16, 2007 2:37 PM PST
What is my element of risk with this setup and what additions/changes would make it more secure?

It depends on how user use the system. No matter how much tools we have.. security should comes from the user.
There are several risks on the net - from malware to account hijacking.
Protect/Guard/Monitor your tools too because some malware can bypass and disable the security tools.

See Security Checklist at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/sct/scthch07.mspx
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just one or two...
by santuccie / January 16, 2007 3:03 PM PST

I don't know what all you're running, but it's apparent to me that you know what's out there, as well as what you can do to prepare yourself for it.

I have a few suggestions for you; take them for what they're worth to you. The first is to store your sensitive information in a vault. RoboForm is pretty well established, and should serve your needs. It will also spoil you with the ability to fill in an entire web form just by entering a password.

Any sensitive information that you can't store in RoboForm should still have some sort of protection. Personally, I use AxCrypt. It's free, and it integrates itself right into your context menu.

If you use credit cards online, I recommend Trend Micro's Transaction Guard. It gives you a GUI keypad, allowing you to enter the numbers with your mouse. This way, if a keylogger ever maneuvers its way onto your system, it won't have anything of value to report back to its owner.

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To add........
by michhala / January 16, 2007 3:55 PM PST
In reply to: just one or two...

I regularly checkout online my online checking account register and my two major credit cards' transactions. I also carry Identity Theft Protection, and I use a different password for all sensitive transactions.

Miki

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(NT) Thanks everyone for the suggestions--some good ideas here
by Cletus29 / January 17, 2007 2:33 AM PST
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