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11. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

Mel- i dont see no answer from your boyfriend...

12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Oslaue
Here it is again, if u want it. But I think u are just trying to pass on your copy and paste habit.

When using Internet cafes to transfer funds electronically from one account to another, pay bills online or access sensitive information, would a USB Flashdrive based browser (ie Firefox Portable w/AntiVirus software) offer adequate security against spywares, phishing ads, key loggers, etc?? How do you guys do it?

13. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Oslaue

My boyfriend says to u,

I, FlatLandRocker, hereby authorize Mel, my partner, to post my answers under her name.

:p

14. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Oslaue
Here it is again, if u want it. But I think u are just trying to pass on your copy and paste habit.

When using Internet cafes to transfer funds electronically from one account to another, pay bills online or access sensitive information, would a USB Flashdrive based browser (ie Firefox Portable w/AntiVirus software) offer adequate security against spywares, phishing ads, key loggers, etc?? How do you guys do it?

Mel, unless your boyfriend is Dezafinado, I don't see any comments above, that's from your boyfriend. Please take a look, at the first post of this thread, and then compare, with what you've posted.

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Oh, i see the problem now.
I emailed the question to my boyfriend, and pasted the wrong thing by mistake
Well, here is what i meant

Security is not a function that is automatically delivered by a browser, even though IE7 tries to filter out phishing sites. Always have an adware and spyware killer like Adaware or Spybot do a check before you do the transaction and always have a virusscanner running (check AVG for a widely used free antivirusprogram).

16. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

ha ha Mel...= blonde

every day there are dodgy tools trying to exploit us, and they will do the dodgy job very well, hence the reason microsoft bring out security patches all the time to combat these gangs. people try and exploit gaps in there software.

anti virus software, spybot etc etc wont protect you 100%, infact the majority of viruses out there are more of a nuisance than anything else. getting attacked is down to the user too...such as connecting via dodgy websites, opening dodgy exes, browsing porn sites...if one visits legit websites then one can be ok...once they dont have any keyloggers installed.

i used AVG once...its ok because its free but i use macafee security - which gives me better and effective protection but no where near 100%...but gives me a sense of ease.

also having open wireless connection and not secured is probably quite common to see...

ALSO whenever in your email or bank system...make sure you click on the logout button and not close the browser down as depending on the setup for the service you use it can store your sessions....session ids....not very good...most banks accommodate this feature and i think yahoo and hotmail now do when a year ago they didnt!

having tools that monitor traffic is also helpful...dumeter is very good for this...because you can see whats coming in and whats going out...if something is going out of your machine, then most likely someone is copying data from your machine.

people also think that using operating systems like linux is more secure than windows...this isnt really true at all...because the reality is microsoft has hundreds of expert security consultants, testers etc working against security vulnerabilities compared to linux...also since linux is open source no one has a clue if the code is not rigged, or the quality, standard, guidelines, approach is been taken into account.

a lot of people heckle microsoft but they are damn clever and good at what they do...richest software company in the world speaks for itself...

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 22, 2007, at 6:17 AM by oslaue ]

17. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

My apologies Oslaue
I should not have assumed, that u were stirring the poo heap.
Especially, since I believe people should be innocent until proven guilty.

But, my copy and paste thingy often fails. I dont know why. At least I did not accidentally paste something here, that I would not want the whole world, to see.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 22, 2007, at 6:25 AM by Mel. ]

18. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

sticky keyboard mel?

i suggest you have a word with yout boyfriend.

19. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

This is going terribly off topic...

Quoting oslaue

people also think that using operating systems like linux is more secure than windows...this isnt really true at all...

No, this is very much true. The overarching design of linux is more secure than that of windows.
Yes, security vulnerabilities are possible in either OS, and unaware users (of which Linux is getting ever more) can make it easy to compromise either system - but on Linux, "default settings" would leave you a lot more secure than on windows.

because the reality is microsoft has hundreds of expert security consultants, testers etc working against security vulnerabilities compared to linux...

...which has more?

also since linux is open source no one has a clue if the code is not rigged, or the quality, standard, guidelines, approach is been taken into account.

Actually, because it is open source, there's hundreds of otherwise unaffiliated people who can and do independently verify that these things are okay. It's closed source software where no one but the original programmers has a clue (and those are often disinterested, just earning a paycheck, while linux has a very high percentage of programmers who'll genuinely care), where commercial interests cause things to be released with (internally) known security problems, etc, etc.

richest software company in the world speaks for itself...

, Yes, it tells of how they were very good at marketing, and at subsequently (and illegally, for which they've been convicted) utilizing their monopoly position to keep a stranglehold on the market.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 22, 2007, at 12:14 PM by Sander ]

20. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 9y

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a lot of people heckle microsoft but they are damn clever and good at what they do...richest software company in the world speaks for itself...[/quote]

Oslaue really seems to love mindless stats and marketing. Generally best not to always believe hype and marketing. Or the rubbish you might read in the papers. A company like microsoft can -and does- buy all the good publicity it wants in order to drown out the bad publicity. At any given time that company is probably defending several different lawsuits around the world. Suppose its all them that are in the wrong?