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    OT: Firefox Internet Browser

    I've been using the pre-release version of Firefox (internet browser) for a while now, and today they released version 1.0. It's much faster than Internet Explorer, has some cool features, and is supposedly less vulnerable to security risks. You can download it here:
    http://www.mozilla.org/

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    Thanks! I am going to try it now.

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    Firefox is great but I'm not sure it isn't "less vulnerable to threats", I think it is just not as interesting (yet) for virus/trojan programmers, hackers, etc. I'm actually using IE 6 (incl. all the patches), Firefox 1.0, Netscape 7.2 and Opera 7.54.
    People shouldn't use Firefox and think "great, the threat is over." From my own experience, people should use a combination of different programs. I'm using Norton Internet Security 2005, PestPatrol 4.xx, Ad-Aware 1.05, Spybot Search&Destroy 1.3, Spysweeper 3.2, Spyblaster 3.2, Trojan Defense Suite 3 (the best anti-trojan program but also difficult to understand how it works) and ProcessGuard 3.0. On a 512 MB laptop with 1.1 GHz Pentium M processor and active Safe Guard Easy 4.10 (harddisc/boot real time AES-256 encryption), the system still works pretty fast.
    And of course I also use Port Explorer 2.0 from time to time to check suspicious things. My laptop uses a secure WPA wireless connection to my 3com access point and the access point is connected to a switch which sends/receives it's data through a real hardware firewall with integrated router. And our mail server is behind a hardware mail firewall.

    Crazy? Well, even this setup isn't 100% safe. But I didn't have any trojans, viruses or malware for months.

    There is also a new program called Qwik-Fix which was free a short time ago. Unfortunately the maker of the software asks money for it now but it works great. It is actually a software which protects against the newest IE/Windows XP threads without a need for a patch from MS. And the makers update it all the time to protect against newest threats and of course they can do that much faster than MS because they don't have to re-write software code, they just have to offer an external protection.

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    RC said:I'm using Norton Internet Security 2005, PestPatrol 4.xx, Ad-Aware 1.05, Spybot Search&Destroy 1.3, Spysweeper 3.2, Spyblaster 3.2, Trojan Defense Suite 3 (the best anti-trojan program but also difficult to understand how it works) and ProcessGuard 3.0.


    Whoa Must be a war zone there, because I'm using IE6 with NO patches, and spybotSD from time to time. And no antivirus
    No serious problems lately, i guess i've got good karma

    (of course, i'm always monitoring the running processes)

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    Quote:
    RC said:
    Firefox is great but I'm not sure it isn't "less vulnerable to threats", I think it is just not as interesting (yet) for virus/trojan programmers, hackers, etc. I'm actually using IE 6 (incl. all the patches), Firefox 1.0, Netscape 7.2 and Opera 7.54.
    People shouldn't use Firefox and think "great, the threat is over." From my own experience, people should use a combination of different programs. I'm using Norton Internet Security 2005, PestPatrol 4.xx, Ad-Aware 1.05, Spybot Search&Destroy 1.3, Spysweeper 3.2, Spyblaster 3.2, Trojan Defense Suite 3 (the best anti-trojan program but also difficult to understand how it works) and ProcessGuard 3.0. On a 512 MB laptop with 1.1 GHz Pentium M processor and active Safe Guard Easy 4.10 (harddisc/boot real time AES-256 encryption), the system still works pretty fast.
    And of course I also use Port Explorer 2.0 from time to time to check suspicious things. My laptop uses a secure WPA wireless connection to my 3com access point and the access point is connected to a switch which sends/receives it's data through a real hardware firewall with integrated router. And our mail server is behind a hardware mail firewall.

    Crazy? Well, even this setup isn't 100% safe. But I didn't have any trojans, viruses or malware for months.

    There is also a new program called Qwik-Fix which was free a short time ago. Unfortunately the maker of the software asks money for it now but it works great. It is actually a software which protects against the newest IE/Windows XP threads without a need for a patch from MS. And the makers update it all the time to protect against newest threats and of course they can do that much faster than MS because they don't have to re-write software code, they just have to offer an external protection.



    You hit the nail on the head. By less vulnerable I meant that--just like the Mac OS is less vulnerable to security threats--Firefox is less vulnerable because it's not as opportunity rich a target, so the hackers spend their time on the more high profile Windows and Internet Explorer. I'm sure one could debate which browser's architecture is less vulnerable (Firefox, for example, doesn't allow ActiveX installs).

    Like you, I don't fool around when it come to keeping my PCs safe. I run Norton Intenet Security 2005, Ad-Aware SE, Spybot Search & Destroy, Spy Sweeper, and this is all behind a Linksys WiFi router with firewall and WEP encryption.

    Many years ago (when viruses were the biggest threat), I didn't have any anti virus program on my laptop (because I didn't want to slow it down), and it got infected with a virus that slowly deleted files on your hard drive. I ended up losing most files and needing to rebuild the hard drive. Since then I'm fanatical about running regularly scheduled scans and updates to these programs. Isn't it a wonderful world we live in?

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    War zone? Hmm, pretty good analysis.
    More than a year ago, I was only using Norton Internet Security and Trojan Hunter. Both were running with their realtime guards in the background. By accident, I mistyped a web address, I entered a chinese website. Suddenly I had dozens of popups and my PC started to behave pretty strange.
    No warning from NIS or TH, nothing. Shortly after, I found out that I had a trojan hidden somewhere but it was impossible to find it. I even bought TDS-3 to find it but the trojan was somehow clever enough to hide and TDS-3 was aware that there was something but it couldn't indentify it. They programmers of TDS-3 helped me in a process which went over three days to get rid of the trojan. I didn't want to format my HDD because I had important data on it and I didn't know how far the trojan had infested my PC.

    A friend who works for a bank as an IT admin advised me to install several programs which he uses at the same time. They work together without problems and they are pretty much accurate and don't issue too many false alarms. I also use NOD32 on my wife's PC because it has a very very sensitive heuristic engine which issues immediately a security warning when something strange is going on. This program is great too but it issues too many false alarms due to the special software I'm using (including some security tools for network/website testing ) and it showed some incompatibilities with NIS 2004/2005 installs.

    I know a lot of people are working with Linux but I'm using Linux only for my webserver, my sat receiver and the computer system in my business. I prefer Windows XP Pro SP2 for everyday working, especially on my laptop.
    No time to hassle with Linux. And Linux isn't 100% safe as some people might think. I'm updating my webserver almost every day with some security patches or bugixes, just in case people think that Windows is evil and Linux is heaven. But of course bad guys usually focus on Windows systems and this makes Windows a potential target for viruses, trojans, dialers, malware and keyloggers.

    BTW: Spysweeper finds usually much more than Spybot and Ad-Aware together. Pretty impressive. But it isn't perfect.

     
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