Securing your computer



  • introduction
    I’ve wanted to create a guide on how you can secure yourself a little better on your computer. This guide is aimed towards those who want to avoid getting virus and malware on your computer. I don’t think I can address this is enough, using this guide is at your own risk but I will help you out to my best extent if needed.
    This guide is going to introduce you to antivirus, password generation and how to configure backups on your computer.
    Warning: Certain parts of the guide is aimed towards windows users. It’s also really long so sorry about that.

    Content:

    • Antivirus
    • Password management
    • General security

    Antivirus

    When it comes to antivirus software, there are no perfect one. From my past 4 years of experience within computer maintenance I’ve experienced that Windows defender does a solid job. Is it the best on the marked? No, but to keep the bad hackers out of your system it does a fairly good job at it. It maintains the computer in real time and checks your system every now and then for viruses.
    Link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-defender
    Another handy dandy trick when it comes to maintaining your computer free of virus is to remove other antivirus solutions you have. If you’re already paying for Mcfee or Norton, use that until that runs out then switch over to Windows defender.
    Another tool to use if you suspect virus or malware is “malware bytes”. By far this is my favorite malware removal tool since its really effective, fast and is always updated for new threats on the internet. On top of that, Its free! However, there is a premium version. If you like, you could purchase that and avoid using Windows defender overall.

    Link: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/
    A neat tool to just have around is ccleaner, it removes old junk on your computer that you probably do not need. Overall, very recommended.
    Link: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

    Password management

    You’ve probably heard that you should never share your password with no one, this is very true. Do not, ever, ever share your password with anyone!

    Let’s talk about password generation, more often than not you don’t want to have a simple password. Do not make your password “password123” or “football” or anything like that. So what we’re going to do now is to check your password. No, you’re not typing out your password to me or anyone. After this paragraph, there will be a link that will show the top 10 million worst passwords ever, you’re going to click it and do “CTRL + F” for finding a word (your password) on the site. If your password comes up, you should change it at once! If not, change it anyway ;)

    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/danielmiessler/SecLists/master/Passwords/10_million_password_list_top_1000000.txt

    When it comes to creating passwords, there are a lot of trick you could use. Most common, you would use your mothers name or your pet and maybe a few numbers. These are really bad passwords since they can easily be figured out. A hacker would normally create a password list based on you. That means they will try their best to find out things like, cat name, mother name, when you were born ect. If you have a password with something related to that, change it at once!

    Creating a password should be easy and it is. I highly recommend you to create a password like this: You locate 3 items on your desk or present, in this case I see pen’s, battery and a phone. Guessing one of these are pretty easy, but if you combine these with each other they would make a pretty solid password! So in this case I would create a password like this: BatteryPenPhone. This is a strong password, but what can we do to make it even better? Im glad you asked my friend, we can replace certain letters with; @, 0 or 4. In this case: [email protected] Now we’re talking!
    If you want to mess around with how strong a password can be, check out this site ;)

    https://howsecureismypassword.net/

    of course, if you’re lazy like me and does not want to create a new password every god dam time I visit a page I have to register at. There is something called password managers. My personal favorite is “keepass2” I’m not going into too much detail about how to use it but in a nutshell this thing creates a random password for you and stores it in a database. The database is encrypted and is on your computer only. So if someone happened to get the database, your passwords would still be safe and encrypted. I will include a quick guide on how to use keepass, because I am nice like that :P

    http://keepass.info/download.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhrQ5p0IQg0

    General security and backup
    When it comes to security, You’re the person who decides what programs are allowed to run on your computer. If something starts up without you asking it to do so, Deny the access for the program. Do not keep any files that you don’t want on your computer, they’re just in your way and takes up unneeded space.

    But, I do have a few tips and tricks for ya’ll.

    You’ve probably seen that green lock in your browser before, no? well here is a picture for you. More often than not, most website have SSL encryption on their site. In a nutshell of what that means is: There are no one between you and the website to steal your data. But sometimes a website doest have this on by default. However, we can enable it on our side of the internet and that’s called “https everywhere”. Ill provide links for both Firefox and chrome bellow here.

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/https-everywhere/gcbommkclmclpchllfjekcdonpmejbdp?hl=en
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/https-everywhere/

    Backup is an essential if something bad should happen to your computer, you have the traditional way of dragging and dropping files into a USB stick or whatever. However, this is boring and gets annoying if you do it daily. I do recommend daily backups since you never know if you delete a file or your computer goes on the floor or whatever. Windows 8+ have a built un backup utility that’s super easy to use and super effective. I do recommend getting a big external hard drive for your computer to have these backup of your on. You Also have the cloud solution but I am not a big fan of having my data in other people’s hands. But I do recommend google drive if anything.

    How to use the backup tool:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17127/windows-back-up-restore

    Hard disk that I recommend:
    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Passport-Ultra-Portable-External/dp/B00W8XXYSM/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1480498331&sr=8-14&keywords=external+hard+drive

    Note: I do not recommend using the software with the hard disk. It may cause some issues with the windows backup utility.
    Google drive:
    https://www.google.com/drive/

    Final note, I do hope this have to helpful for you as a reader. If you should have more question or wonder about certain things, just send me a message on the forum or in game and I’ll try to answer them to my best extent. Thank you for your time, Stay safe!



  • Thanks buddy for the tips, but I already have MalwareBytes! <3



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  • @Nerd You have to show yourself worthy before a marridge can be arranged.

    Please send me 10 bitcoins and ill consider it.



  • Used to use Avira, but know I use regular Windows Defender, wich is better?



  • Really good guide! Upvoted :)
    Would also recommend adwcleaner, kaspersky and bitdefender



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  • @Kihta To my knowleage, Avira have in browser protection. Which does make it a better option than Windows defender, ive been looking trought a few reviews (since ive never seen it before on any of my clients before) and it looks like a solid program. It seem to have other platforms covered aswell which is very impressive. Overall, im not sure on how frequent they update their software. Windows might have on that since they do update once a week.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patch_Tuesday



  • tldr be smart on the internet :thumbsup:


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  • this is to much to read....


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