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Thursday 54

Security Recipes – A.1 – Hardening Windows XP

Microsoft makes operating systems — for botnets, malware, and spam.
Especially Windows XP.

Nothing can make Windows XP adequately secure.
If you must use Windows, upgrade to Windows 7. It has better but still flawed security.

If you must use Windows XP, do not connect the computer to the internet.

If you connect Windows to the internet, you must update.
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Tuesday 52

This is your bank account on Windows

malware hazard

Read this:

Sold a Lemon in Internet Banking Krebs on Security

An online bank robbery in which computer crooks stole $63,000 from a Kansas car dealership illustrates the deftness with which cyber thieves are flouting the meager security measures protecting commercial accounts at many banks.

The controller didn’t know it at the time, but thieves had already compromised his Microsoft Windows PC with a copy of the ZeuS trojan, which allowed them to monitor his computer and log in to the company’s bank account using his machine.

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Saturday 49

Security Recipes – Introduction

Filed under: Security — Tags: , , , , , , , — zundel @ pm

Does the background rumble of geeks chortling at the screw-ups of HBGary make you consider doing something about the security of your computer?

But you won’t give up Windows ’til they pry it from your cold dead fingers?

There’s a lovely bit about that with Vincent D’Onofrio at the beginning of the first Men in Black movie. Go watch the video. (This is your bank account on Windows.) I can wait. You’ll come back in a better mood and better motivated.

We all laughed at that.
Except, this time, you’re the meat-puppet.

Malware hasn’t gotten that aggressive — yet.
But it’ll take your banking access, your email, and your identity.

Major banks have warned against using Windows to access your banking.

You have received embarrassing spam from your friends. You might have sent it.

Microsoft makes lovely operating systems — for botnets, malware, and spam.

Your computer could be taken over right now and sending out spam. Do you know that it isn’t?

Not much you can do about your bank’s security except choose a better bank.

But you can control your own computer.

Next:

  • Security Recipes – A.1 – Hardening Windows XP

Coming:

  • A.2 – Hardening Windows 7
  • B – Virtual Machines
  • C – Wubi
  • D – Dual boot
  • E – Encryption

Why? Just the latest.

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