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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #140 on: June 24, 2004, 10:07:57 PM »
And they didn't give you any kind of warning that it could damage your computer?  :o
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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #141 on: June 24, 2004, 10:16:17 PM »
If they did, they were sure to keep it well hid(just so they could say they warned me, so I couldn't sue them).

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« Reply #142 on: June 25, 2004, 01:37:28 AM »
I use Cox cable now and I used to use Earthlink but they had terrible customer service.
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« Reply #143 on: June 25, 2004, 05:40:10 AM »
AT&T also has an "Internet Accellerator" program available, which also requires IE. Maybe it's becoming a common offering.

At any rate, ever since I re-installed IE6 for testing, my computer's been a lot more unstable, crashing programs and itself a lot, having issues opening some types of files, etc. I can't wait until I'm done and I can do my "spring cleaning" and reformat and get it off my system again. :P

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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #144 on: June 27, 2004, 11:21:31 PM »
   I am slowly starting to think that it would be a good thing to even have a tri-boot on my computer with 98SE, XP Pro. and Linux because of the amount of security problems out there in cyberspace.  Anyone ever done this and was it stable or not in the least?  
   I am definately now going to install Mozilla FireFox and use this as my primary browser because of all the attacks and security vulnerabilities of Internet Explorer 6 sp1.  This is in reference to the recent attack that just made visiting certain websites to allow a user using IE 6 sp1 to get a virus!  Yikes the cyber world is getting really dangerous.  Finally, a company now has a firewall that allows the user to attack someone who is attempting to hack in the network with a stronger attack than they launced.  Will this help?  Maybe but I have a feeling that it is a needed step but in the end will force all users to get a clue about basic computing and basic security.  This is probably a good thing.  :>
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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #145 on: June 27, 2004, 11:57:51 PM »
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I am slowly starting to think that it would be a good thing to even have a tri-boot on my computer with 98SE, XP Pro. and Linux because of the amount of security problems out there in cyberspace.  Anyone ever done this and was it stable or not in the least?

Do you mind using hardware(needs no software), from a company that's out of business? If you don't, get a Trios . I've done something similar, and it's completely stable(compared to the usual way).

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I am definately now going to install Mozilla FireFox and use this as my primary browser because of all the attacks and security vulnerabilities of Internet Explorer 6 sp1.

If I were you, I'd try Firefox, before I decided to make it my main browser. I use it as my main browser(tabs  ;D ), although you might want to give other browsers a try, if you decide you don't like either browser.


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« Reply #146 on: June 30, 2004, 01:07:33 PM »
Thanks LN.  I guess trying Firefox would be better than just jumping in right away.  I plan to have a dual-boot to start with.  Is it okay if I just use the Microsoft setup by installing 98SE first and then XP Pro. on a seperate hard drive or am I setting myself up for problems by not using a third party program?
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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #147 on: June 30, 2004, 03:35:00 PM »
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Is it okay if I just use the Microsoft setup by installing 98SE first and then XP Pro. on a seperate hard drive or am I setting myself up for problems by not using a third party program?

I've never used 98SE and XP on the same hardrive, if that's what you're talking about. It depends, are you planning on using Fat32 or NTFS in XP? Microsoft's software, would probably work better than a third party program. XP is harder to get working with most 3rd-party bootloaders(GRUB/LILO), so if you want it to work, use Microsoft software.

P.S. I installed XP and Redhat9(Linux) on the same hardrive, and XP removed GRUB. I couldn't get into Linux without a boot-floppy.

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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #148 on: June 30, 2004, 05:03:17 PM »
Something I came across today:

Pop-up program reads keystrokes, steals passwords

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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #149 on: June 30, 2004, 09:43:48 PM »
I'm glad I don't use online banks. Well, at least internet banks.

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« Reply #150 on: July 01, 2004, 12:32:33 AM »
I briefly used bank-online from my bank to check my balances but no more.  It is not safe.  Also, I think the number of digits on a checking card should be increased to 7 digits at least.
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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #151 on: July 01, 2004, 12:36:20 AM »
If it hasn't been mentioned before I think everyone should switch to Mozilla...Why? Internet explorer is just a bomb waiting to explode with vulnerability...
Mozilla also AUTOMATICLY blocks popping up windows (if you want it to!)

It also doesn't allow web pages to load un-safe things onto your computer: Java-script vulneriblites and Active -X badness..

It also seems to load most webpages faster

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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #152 on: July 01, 2004, 12:56:52 AM »
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I think everyone should switch to Mozilla

Before I start this post, I'll just mention Mozilla(I'm talking about the Mozilla line) is my prefered browser.

I disagree, no reason for everyone to use the same browser.
there are other options.

Opera
Konquerer(Linux)
Gnome browser(Linux, I don't know the exact name)
There are also a few more in the works, that might become popular/competitive later.
Also, if you're worried about security, use a text browser(there are plenty of them).

P.S. Which version of Mozilla do you use(Phoenix,Firefox,just plain Mozilla, or other)?

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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #153 on: July 01, 2004, 02:40:41 AM »
Netscape Navigator was good the last time I used it ;D

BTW where can you download Firefox ???
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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #154 on: July 01, 2004, 02:50:55 AM »
I use firefox...
remember Google is our friend and you can simply type in "firefox" and get exactly what you want:

http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #155 on: July 01, 2004, 07:48:43 AM »
It also doesn't allow web pages to load un-safe things onto your computer: Java-script vulneriblites and Active -X badness..
Yeah, I hate how there's no option to disable ActiveX by untrusted sources in IE.  I've disabled "unsigned ActiveX" but them being signed or not makes no difference these days.  ::)
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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #156 on: July 01, 2004, 11:56:53 AM »
I use internet banking and I've never had a problem. I think the people who will get hit hard are small business who do money transfers and such all online. Heh but anyway I couldn't really lose much I never seem to have much more than £50 in my bank at any one time!
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Re:Safety on Computers
« Reply #157 on: July 17, 2004, 03:45:13 PM »
I happened to come across some more fun happy links today:

Internet Explorer. Quick, call security!

CERT recommends anything but IE

US-CERT: Beware of IE

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« Reply #158 on: July 30, 2004, 01:44:01 PM »
I thought I would mention there is a critical update for IE on Windows Update today and I heard about a security problem with FireFox recently that was fixed within a few hours.  I guess there really is something to be said for open-source software.  :>
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« Reply #159 on: July 30, 2004, 03:58:34 PM »
Yup, I downloaded it at my "pupil's" house.  The thing's 2.8MB though, so whatever critical update it was, it's a bigge.  ;P
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