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General Rules To Live By
Some general security settings and practices to live by. By keeping your IE at these levels, and following these simple tips, there is a higher probability of keeping your box free of malicious code. Thereby giving you a more pleasant, stress free surfing experience, and thats what I am all about.
Always keep your OS up to date with all critical security patches, up to, and including XP SP1, if your one to not use many security applications, I would strongly advise getting XP SP 2 as well. You can see how well protected you can be, avoiding infection from some of the nastiest sites on the web without XP SP 2 installed here. You must of course have all the security apps installed as described on my Security Must Haves page.
Do not, under any circumstances allow an application to start\run which you are unsure of its origin. A great way to find out about any apps your unsure of, is to check around in the security forums. Nine times out of ten, someone will have some info about it, and or steer you to an alternative.
Disable file transfers with any of the IM programs currently available. Do not accept IMs from anyone not on your buddy list. Both of these settings can be found in the 'preferences' section of your related IM client. You can also try changing to a more secure IM, such as Trillian IM. Read this IM rootkit thread in our forums and be sure never to click on a link from someone you do not implicitly trust.
Disable ActiveX and Java in your browser. As a rule, I highly recommend you use these IE Tweaks. If you need some extra security, you can also set up a limited user account for others who may have access to your PC.
Use a quality well known firewall which monitors both inbound and outbound traffic. If you have WIN XP w\SP 2, disable the contained firewall, and get a third party one. What MS provides is not good enough. You can find some on the AV-Firewall Protection page. I would suggest you even opt to buy a pro version, as opposed to free, usually there will be some more robust features, which will give you even greater control over many things on your system.
Find a good well documented quality anti-virus application. This is another area I suggest spending some money on. Very much like firewalls, in most cases you get much more than free apps. As opposed to anti-spyware apps, you can only run one of these at a time. This is an area I say, spend the $$$. Some good ones can be found on the AV-Firewall Protection page.
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