If you are allowing me physical access then the game is over. You've allowed me to install almost anything including a hardware keylogger which for most folk is undetectable.
Why are you giving me such access?
As to your work and research, the only way to be sure it's safe is to use an non-internet connected machine. That's how the Game of Thrones keeps it tight.
Wondering if there are any experts ut there who can assist me with locking down my Windows 8.1 PC.
I'm currently running a standard, subscription-based Firewall/Antivirus and have a host of security programs running on the machine.
I'd be interested to know where to look and what programs to use to secure my machine against advanced hacking attempts such as from Backtrack and other similar software.
- How does this software gain access to the machine?
- What ports/services can I close/disable?
- What programs can be used to scan deeper layers of the OS (Kernel, Registry, etc.) for evidence of previous, successful hacking attempts implanting 'backdoor' software?
- What can I do to anonymise myself online to keep all internet activities completely private, from my ISP and malicious parties intent on spying?
- Any further security advice not specifically covered by the topics above.
I'm very serious about maintaining online privacy and keeping a clean, secure machine. I'm willing to do the search-engine research (already months of it under my belt) and work very hard at locking my internet privacy down and hardening my PC as much as possible to prevent, or at least detect, all snooping attempts made.
I'm running a host of programs to monitor TCP/IP connections so can easily bring up programs 'listening' on ports and view their PIDs etc.
Hopefully, with your expert assistance I'll be able to ensure that any work or research done on my computer remains completely private and confidential.