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Subject: Protecting Yourself on the Internet + PC Safety (Last Update: Jan 7)
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Talk to the Soul | ~B.B. | Know Your Duardo |  | Hero | ISFJ | 77135 | 94371

"It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me."

Every now and then, a user comes along and posts a suspicious link. You don't know where it goes or what will happen once you go there. I have created this guide to hopefully help with this problem.

1. HOVER OVER THE LINKIf you're not sure about the link that random guy just posted, HOVER OVER IT. Usually you will be able to tell what website was just posted.

Go ahead, hover over this. See what it says? It says http://www.google.com.

Be aware that links can be disguised as other links. Ex. www.bungie.net

*Tips from dazarobbo*

2. HAVE AN ANTI-VIRUSLet's say you clicked a link and it lead you to a really weird website. You may not think anything of it. Sometimes nothing happens and other times you won't even know what happened.

Always make sure you are using an anti-virus when using the Internet. Not only is downloading unknown items a bad idea, but so is visiting websites you normally wouldn't visit.

There are many anti-viruses out there. A lot of good ones are free. Here are some (test your hovering abilities by hovering over these links): Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast Antivirus, AVG Antivirus, ClamXav

3. NEVER TYPE IN YOUR INFORMATIONSome websites are designed to steal your information. See that website you just clicked on to get free Microsoft Points? All you have to do is type in your Windows Live ID and password. DON'T DO IT!

First off, nothing is free. If it's too good to be true, it is. Secondly, I assume the majority of you are already connected to Windows Live ID. Almost always you will not need to enter your information again.

If you are ever unsure if you are actually inputting your information into a secure website. Look at the top in the address bar. If it's green, It is secure. If it's not, I suggest getting out of there!

Also, where you are on these connections, try to make sure you are using HTTPS. HTTPS is always secure, and when you input your information it goes through an encrypted connection to get to where it needs to go. Your address bar (or part of it) should be blue.

4. CHECK OUT SHORT LINKSI'm sure you've seen people post a link that really short, but it gives no information as to where it's going. Fret not, there are ways to check!

Firefox has a number of add-ons to automatically expand shot URLS: Long URL Please Mod, Expand Short URL, Xpndit Short URL Expander

Chrome does as well: ViewThru Expand Short URLs, LongURL, Miniscurl URL Expander

There are GreaseMonkey userscripts as well: LongURL Mobile Expander, TinyURL Decoder, LongURL

You can also use websites: http://longurl.org/, http://www.expandmyurl.com/, http://expandurl.com/, http://www.longurlplease.com/, http://www.prevurl.com/

When clicking on links, ALWAYS make sure you know what you're clicking. If you are unsure where you are, RUN YOUR ANTI-VIRUS & DON'T TYPE IN YOUR INFO!

5. REMOVE/DISABLE ADOBE ACROBAT READERAdobe Reader has been under security attacks for years. It is best to be rid of it and download something that isn't under constant attack.

For Mac, just use Preview. It comes with free with OS X. If you wish to edit PDFs, use Skim or Scribus. Both are free.
For Windows, download Nitro Reader or Foxit Reader. Both are free.

6. UPDATE YOUR OS AND OTHER SOFTWARE REGULARLYWith updates come bug fixes & added security (if any). Always update whenever you can.

7. DISABLE JAVA/ADOBE FLASH/USE A FLASH BLOCK ADD-ONAdobe is a very popular company, and because of that their software is always under attack, especially Adobe Flash. Flash is used EVERYWHERE on the web. From those annoying animated ads to fun games, it's always been Adobe Flash. If you want the best protection, however, you should remove it. Since a lot of sites still use Flash, though, you should download a Flash block plugin. This causes all Flash to be disabled on default until you click the Flash object to allow it to run. This way only Flash that you authorize to show will be shown.

Here are some add-ons for various browsers: ClickToFlash for Safari, Flashbock for Chrome, Flashblock for Firefox, NoScript for FF

8. DON'T INSTALL SOFTWARE YOU DIDN'T ASK FORIt's quite simple: if something pops up on your screen and asks if you want to install some software that you didn't download or request, DON'T DO IT!

9. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SHOCK/BAD SITESPeople can be malicious, especially on the Interwebz. Some will try to cause harm to your system for seemingly no reason. Some also will send you or post links to websites that are utterly disgusting, with the sole intention to get a laugh at your reaction.

With that in mind, you should protect yourself.

Of course, reading the steps above this section will help tremendously, especially if you actually download a few items. For security, follow these steps:A. Within your browser is the option to block pop-up windows. Turning this on will not only block some ads, but also some rather crude stuff that could cause your browser to stop functioning until you restart it. This setting should be located somewhere within your browser's settings.B. Download Adblock Plus (Firefox/Chrome/Safari Only - Don't Fret! Look below). Not only will you be able to block basically whatever you want (images, videos, frames, etc.) but you can also subscribe to lists.

On this website, since you've followed the instruction already, click "Subscribe here." You will get a confirmation window to confirm this subscription. Click "Add Subscription."

Then, Go here, and at the bottom of the page (full page is an interesting read by the way) select, "click here to subscribe to the list in Adblock Plus." When the confirmation window pops up, click "Add subscription."
C. Web of Trust shows you which websites you can trust based on millions of users' experiences. This add-on is available for all browsers. You can remove certain options as well to give more flexibility. It really only works in search results and when you're on the bad sites, so....

Firefox users, download Greasemonkey, then (Chrome and Firefox users) download this user script from dazarobbo. When you hover over a link on Bungie.net, it will give a SAFE or UNSAFE rating.
D. Download a website blocker extension. You'll be able to block any website from showing up just by adding the site to the blocker. Some even feature the ability to import documents so make sure to take advantage of that. Blocksite & RefControl for Firefox, and Website Blocker (or this) for Chrome. I'm sure Safari and whatever else has extensions for this.E. Still feeling uneasy about clicking that link? Try Norton Safe Web. Just input the link, hit search and it will give you a rating for the site, as well as a full Threat Report.
10. DON'T DELETE SYSTEM 32
11. SANDBOXIEUnsure about that file/software? Run it in Sandboxie and it won't affect your PC. You can also do this with Partitions.


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I hope this guide has somewhat helped you all along your travels of the interwebs. Remember, you can never be too safe ;-)


If you have any suggestions for this guide, please post below. Thanks!

[Edited on 01.07.2013 8:57 AM PST]

  • 01.11.2012 8:46 PM PST
Subject: Guide on Protecting Yourself from Bad/Short Links

The Renaissance Man; The Bigger Fool.

Is this just a reminder not to click bad links? This should be pinned. It would probably help newer members.

[Edited on 01.11.2012 8:54 PM PST]

  • 01.11.2012 8:47 PM PST

2nd

or you could just enjoy the gyrating phallic motions like a real man.

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  • 01.11.2012 8:48 PM PST

If I don't believe in him...



why should he believe in me?

tl;dr version:
Posted by: Duardo
Common Sense

also, Duardo, you linked an unsafe link:
McAfee

edit: A section on Firewalls (and which ones are the best) would also be helpful for people with minute computer and safety knowledge

[Edited on 01.11.2012 8:52 PM PST]

  • 01.11.2012 8:48 PM PST

I'm going to invade your heart like a barn swallow high on milk chocolate and grandma love.

Fairness is only possible within the limited powers of man. Elsewhere, there is only chance.

Thus I refute thee.

I remember I posted such a warning in my Floodian Handbook guide which is locked now, but this is expanded much more.

Good guide.

  • 01.11.2012 8:49 PM PST

Proud member of the EFF.
Proud member of the FSF.
EFF | FSF | GNU

News: /. | Cryptome | Ars Technica

Heavy weighs the crown, low hangs the head who wears it.

I'd like to add that using an addon like NoScript would also be a good idea, tho, of-course, complete avoidance of bad links is best.

  • 01.11.2012 8:49 PM PST
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Bringing in Fikst. Bringing back lmao.
Inheritor # 475 world,

#6 In the Country.

Halocharts.com

Pin it!

  • 01.11.2012 8:49 PM PST
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FOR STALIA!!!!!!!!!!!

You should probably put something about Encryption in there to, I'm not a computer expert, so I have no idea if it's relevant or not...

  • 01.11.2012 8:49 PM PST

yas334229812

Did you just make it

Pin it uptop

[Edited on 01.11.2012 8:50 PM PST]

  • 01.11.2012 8:50 PM PST
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Good job, this will prove useful.

  • 01.11.2012 8:51 PM PST

Generalizations.
Helping idiots hate other idiots since people have existed.

I propose a rule:

Don't click Cena's links.

[Edited on 01.11.2012 8:54 PM PST]

  • 01.11.2012 8:52 PM PST
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Posted by: Frasier Crane
I'm not making excuses. I never claimed to be good. I have never played any colonel better than me though.


Top 1% Overall Player for H3 on Halocharts
50 Team Slayer Gen and BTB 5 Star

Posted by: Duardo
3. NEVER TYPE IN YOUR INFORMATION
Some websites are designed to steal your information. See that website you just clicked on to get free Microsoft Points? All you have to do is type in your Windows Live ID and password. DON'T DO IT!

First off, nothing is free. If it's too good to be true, it is. Secondly, I assume the majority of you are already connected to Windows Live ID. Almost always you will not need to enter your information again.


wow guys this kid just wants all the free M$ points for himself, report and move on

  • 01.11.2012 8:52 PM PST

Skuldier? Never heard of him...

I'm surprised the mods didn't make this a few years ago....

You shouldn't always bet on the Flood's intelligence to come through in a pinch you know.

  • 01.11.2012 8:53 PM PST

I suppose for new users this would be really helpful.

  • 01.11.2012 8:53 PM PST
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"This bandicoot will be my general, he will lead my Cortex Commandos to world domination...

This time, I shall reign TRIUMPHANT!"

-Dr. Cortex

I have a suggestion:

Use common sense.

If the thread title sounds sketchy, then any link within is probably bad. Refer to the first tip for more info.



In all seriousness I thought this was another one of those pseudo-mod-OP threads, until I saw it was actually Duardo.

  • 01.11.2012 8:55 PM PST

It's Pokémon, not Pokemon!

This topic should be pinned. :D

  • 01.11.2012 8:55 PM PST

Here's a suggestion. Add Sophos for Mac. It's free and (from what I can tell) effective. If anyone else knows good AV for Macintosh, throw it in the thread.

[Edited on 01.11.2012 8:57 PM PST]

  • 01.11.2012 8:55 PM PST
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Common sense is the best protector out there folks.

  • 01.11.2012 8:56 PM PST

I'm an Indonesian Halo (and other games) gamer!
Bhineka Tunggal Ika!!


Posted by: WjB456
Posted by: Duardo
3. NEVER TYPE IN YOUR INFORMATION
Some websites are designed to steal your information. See that website you just clicked on to get free Microsoft Points? All you have to do is type in your Windows Live ID and password. DON'T DO IT!

First off, nothing is free. If it's too good to be true, it is. Secondly, I assume the majority of you are already connected to Windows Live ID. Almost always you will not need to enter your information again.


wow guys this kid just wants all the free M$ points for himself, report and move on

...

Wait, what?

  • 01.11.2012 8:57 PM PST

Something I'm not sure very many people know, but Avast! has a boot-time scan. It will scan your harddrive before anything else on your computer can run; helps to catch the stuff that manages to avoid being found.

  • 01.11.2012 9:01 PM PST
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Talk to the Soul | ~B.B. | Know Your Duardo |  | Hero | ISFJ | 77135 | 94371

"It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me."

Apologies on McAfee. It used to be good. Removed. I've added Sophos for Mac, as I too use it and find it does the job nicely.

  • 01.11.2012 9:02 PM PST

Posted by: AngryBrute1
Oh yeah, since somebody does not believe what YOU believe; that makes us vapid...
I cannot grasp that what you call "Something happened to nothing, and that nothing became something, and it was smaller than than a period."

Posted by: Unit 076

Posted by: WjB456
Posted by: Duardo
3. NEVER TYPE IN YOUR INFORMATION
Some websites are designed to steal your information. See that website you just clicked on to get free Microsoft Points? All you have to do is type in your Windows Live ID and password. DON'T DO IT!

First off, nothing is free. If it's too good to be true, it is. Secondly, I assume the majority of you are already connected to Windows Live ID. Almost always you will not need to enter your information again.


wow guys this kid just wants all the free M$ points for himself, report and move on

...

Wait, what?

  • 01.11.2012 9:03 PM PST