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Subject: Guide on Protecting Yourself from Bad/Short Links

This is all extremely good information but...

I feel like I did back in 8th grade sex ed class for some reason.


It's like Duardo's version of "safe Flooding."


...At least there isn't any bananas this time. Still scarred from Mr. Christiansen showing everyone how to do that.

  • 01.11.2012 9:04 PM PDT

If I don't believe in him...



why should he believe in me?


Posted by: Duardo
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.

Im not sure how long ago this happened, but wasn't there a user who somehow was able to link a "safe" site (I am not sure which site, it was a popular one) when in actuallity it turned out to be a shocksite? (in other words, the link we clicked did not actually revert to what was shown when we hovered over it.)
I may be thinking of something entirely different (or it happened on a different forum), but I remember something similar to this happen.
Anyone else remember? Or am I just imagining things?

  • 01.11.2012 9:07 PM PDT

Skuldier? Never heard of him...


Posted by: MC LOL88

Posted by: Duardo
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.

Im not sure how long ago this happened, but wasn't there a user who somehow was able to link a "safe" site (I am not sure which site, it was a popular one) when in actuallity it turned out to be a shocksite? (in other words, the link we clicked did not actually revert to what was shown when we hovered over it.)
I may be thinking of something entirely different (or it happened on a different forum), but I remember something similar to this happen.
Anyone else remember? Or am I just imagining things?


Goatse?

  • 01.11.2012 9:09 PM PDT

tl:dr Stop being an idiot and stop clicking on every link like you have some sort of link addiction.

  • 01.11.2012 9:10 PM PDT

Check out The Game Lounge

Good guide, I got me one of them URL extenders

  • 01.11.2012 9:11 PM PDT

I also recommend NoScript for people who use Firefox, pretty much prevents all possible ways a virus can infect your computer unless you allow it to

[Edited on 01.11.2012 9:12 PM PST]

  • 01.11.2012 9:11 PM PDT

If I don't believe in him...



why should he believe in me?


Posted by: SRQ baller24
[url=https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/ ]I also recommend NoScript for people who use Firefox, pretty much prevents all possible ways a virus can infect your computer unless you allow it to[/url]

Ive heard crazy rumors that NoScript adds Spyware..........is this true?

  • 01.11.2012 9:12 PM PDT
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But I'm a man who takes risks.

  • 01.11.2012 9:13 PM PDT

Skuldier? Never heard of him...


Posted by: z0mbiebot
But I'm a man who takes risks.


Don't bother hovering over this...

  • 01.11.2012 9:14 PM PDT

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Posted by: MC LOL88

Posted by: SRQ baller24
I also recommend NoScript for people who use Firefox, pretty much prevents all possible ways a virus can infect your computer unless you allow it to

Ive heard crazy rumors that NoScript adds Spyware..........is this true?
No.

  • 01.11.2012 9:15 PM PDT

If I don't believe in him...



why should he believe in me?


Posted by: Not Snake

Posted by: MC LOL88

Posted by: Duardo
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.

Im not sure how long ago this happened, but wasn't there a user who somehow was able to link a "safe" site (I am not sure which site, it was a popular one) when in actuallity it turned out to be a shocksite? (in other words, the link we clicked did not actually revert to what was shown when we hovered over it.)
I may be thinking of something entirely different (or it happened on a different forum), but I remember something similar to this happen.
Anyone else remember? Or am I just imagining things?


Goatse?

That name sounds familiar......

  • 01.11.2012 9:15 PM PDT
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Posted by: MC LOL88

Posted by: Not Snake

Posted by: MC LOL88

Posted by: Duardo
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.

Im not sure how long ago this happened, but wasn't there a user who somehow was able to link a "safe" site (I am not sure which site, it was a popular one) when in actuallity it turned out to be a shocksite? (in other words, the link we clicked did not actually revert to what was shown when we hovered over it.)
I may be thinking of something entirely different (or it happened on a different forum), but I remember something similar to this happen.
Anyone else remember? Or am I just imagining things?


Goatse?

That name sounds familiar......



Oh god, yes!


I mean.........no.

  • 01.11.2012 9:17 PM PDT

You're just jealous you can't hear the voices, too.

This was useful. It oughta be stickied.

  • 01.11.2012 9:19 PM PDT

Skuldier? Never heard of him...


Posted by: MC LOL88

Posted by: Not Snake

Posted by: MC LOL88

Posted by: Duardo
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.

Im not sure how long ago this happened, but wasn't there a user who somehow was able to link a "safe" site (I am not sure which site, it was a popular one) when in actuallity it turned out to be a shocksite? (in other words, the link we clicked did not actually revert to what was shown when we hovered over it.)
I may be thinking of something entirely different (or it happened on a different forum), but I remember something similar to this happen.
Anyone else remember? Or am I just imagining things?


Goatse?

That name sounds familiar......


Ah! Then you are referring to probably one of the original shock sites/images, if not the original shock site/image.

I'm not going to say to google it (google it) but you probably wouldn't want to google it (go ahead and google it)

For clarification issues (Duardo don't kill me), here is a site detailing it.

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/goatse



[Edited on 01.11.2012 9:22 PM PST]

  • 01.11.2012 9:19 PM PDT

Now look what you've done! You've made the entire Flood paranoid of clicking any links.

  • 01.11.2012 9:22 PM PDT
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I usually just look at the link and then decide.

  • 01.11.2012 9:23 PM PDT

Some more things to add:

1) By using path modifiers you can mislead people on where a link will go. For example: http://www.bungie.net/projects/aerospace/crimson/../../

2) Links can be disguised in many ways. The bottom right panel acts as a single page you would see in your browser.

3) Your DNS cache can be poisoned so that even if your browser tells you you're going to google.com which is at xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, it's going to connect you to yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy. This can also happen at any proxy or other DNS cache (eg. your ISP's).

4) Even if your browser displays the "lock" icon, all that really means is that the connection is secured between your computer and the server. It does not mean that the server belongs to the organisation it claims to.

  • 01.11.2012 9:27 PM PDT

Awesome thread.

  • 01.11.2012 9:29 PM PDT

Duardo would advise hovering...
>.>

No, definitely a good thread though. It seems common sense to people that have been here a while... but that's only because we went through the phase of not knowing ourselves. The sooner folks gain this knowledge the better.

[Edited on 01.11.2012 10:41 PM PST]

  • 01.11.2012 10:40 PM PDT
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Thanks Duardo.

  • 01.11.2012 10:50 PM PDT

le duh

  • 01.11.2012 11:22 PM PDT

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Please, break my shackles, I want it to stop

Posted by: Covy Killer
Sergeant Explosion and The Quiet Day in London.

I actually have two antivirus programs I could use at the moment, and I was wondering if anyone had heard of these, and if so, which was better.

Trend Micro Titanium
Vipre

Trend Micro Titanium came with my computer, I'm still on my free use of it before I actually have to use the disc I got, but I'm debating switching back to what I had on my other computer.

Which was; Vipre, which worked just fine. I've never had a virus so I really can't say I know if either of them are working. I don't really download much, but I'd love it if I were safe anyway.

Screw it, I'm switching back to Vipre, this Titanium crap is just ridiculous to deal with.

[Edited on 01.12.2012 6:18 AM PST]

  • 01.12.2012 2:40 AM PDT

no. nonono

This is all pretty much common knowledge, yet so many people aren't cautious so I guess this thread is necessary. I didn't realise there are extensions for extending URLs so that was helpful.

  • 01.12.2012 2:51 AM PDT

Wake me, when you need me.

*Posting within the first 3 pages of a sticky*


I feel honored, I truly do.

[Edited on 01.12.2012 3:07 AM PST]

  • 01.12.2012 3:06 AM PDT

OMGZZ!!!!!!

"It's Afghanistanimation!"

Glad this has been posted!

  • 01.12.2012 6:20 AM PDT