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Inclusa
2012-Oct-08, 09:25 AM
Internet browser is usually the first line of defense in Internet security.
Now I use three browsers: IE, Opera, and Waterfox (Waterfox mostly; due to a certain website, another user has to switch to Opera for the moment.)

I'm rather unused to Opera and IE; even with Waterfox, I have hardly explored beyond the surface; only recently (due to the potential process of discarding a teenage PC), I explored the options of Firefox/Waterfox.

Ghostery is supposedly a pretty powerful security add-on, and many people have mentioned No-Script.....

OK, loads of stuffs can't even start under Waterfox, so it may sound more secure than Firefox this way.

profloater
2012-Oct-08, 09:51 AM
I suppose then you are using PC and not Mac?

Moose
2012-Oct-08, 09:54 AM
Ghostery. No-Script. Web Of Trust. Adblock.

novaderrik
2012-Oct-08, 10:54 AM
keep your "real" info off your computer as much as you can..

Ara Pacis
2012-Oct-08, 08:32 PM
What sort of security are you talking about?

slang
2012-Oct-09, 12:12 AM
Simple. Do not use IE. Ever. Not even when your mom says this really interesting site only works in IE, and her neighbor wizkid boy says so too.

Moose
2012-Oct-09, 12:31 AM
Moose-Ki-Do (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php/118953-Computer-security-strategies?p=1919768#post1919768), only the recommendations for specific software are all out of date by now. The dis-recommendations still stand, though.

Inclusa
2012-Oct-09, 12:44 AM
The funny thing is: A website only works in Opera but not in IE.

John Jaksich
2012-Oct-09, 12:59 AM
I tend to migrate to Linux/Unix based systems---normally one has more control of one's own computer when you learn to use Linux/Unix. Viruses are more prevalent in M.S.

Inclusa
2012-Oct-15, 12:12 AM
I used Linux on my old laptop, but due to various reasons, I stick to Windows 7 for the moment.
MS makes that Microsoft Security Essentials, but computer dealers don't like hearing this program; they prefer to sell you an annual Anti-virus license for a year.
I don't know how well does Linux works with touchscreens YET.

HenrikOlsen
2012-Oct-15, 12:37 AM
I don't know how well does Linux works with touchscreens YET.
Seeing that Android is Linux based, I'd say that some Linuxen does quite well with touch screens.

Solfe
2012-Oct-15, 01:01 AM
I used Linux on my old laptop, but due to various reasons, I stick to Windows 7 for the moment.
MS makes that Microsoft Security Essentials, but computer dealers don't like hearing this program; they prefer to sell you an annual Anti-virus license for a year.
I don't know how well does Linux works with touchscreens YET.

In my not so humble opinion, if you are familiar with Linux, you are far less likely to say "It looks legit" before clicking the thing that will mess up your computer.

swampyankee
2012-Oct-15, 01:54 AM
As far as I can tell, IE has no way to disable Flash, scripting, or ads. This is sort of like saying you can rent a house, but can't lock the doors.

Inclusa
2012-Oct-15, 02:54 AM
That's why most people claim Firefox/Waterfox are  way more secure than IE.
Now I follow the advice and install No Script, WOT , Adblock and Ghostery.

translation: That's why most people claim Firefox/Waterfox are way more secure than IE.
Now I follow the advice and install No Script, WOT , Adblock and Ghostery.

Quirk
2012-Oct-15, 09:27 PM
Moxy Marlinspike's "Convergence" is a pretty interesting (and free) security addon for Firefox.

http://convergence.io/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergence_(SSL)

In one sentence, it is supposed to solve most of the deep insecurities in the Certificate Authority system, and thereby prevent Man-In-The-Middle attacks.

Also, turn off Java except for when you absolutely need it. See e.g.:
http://blogs.computerworld.com/malware-and-vulnerabilities/21056/another-critical-java-vulnerability-puts-1-billion-users-risk