June 18th, 2002, 04:57 AM
Lame newbie tutorial on comp protection
First, are you running any services? I usually run an ftp server, it leaves me open to ftp exploits. Running any services, offering shells, IRC serving, anything like that makes you open up ports, which leaves you open to exploits. So if you want maximum security close everything down, or at least make sure you secure it.
Second, get a firewall. So many people on communities like IRC don't have firewalls, which is why there are so many warscripts, they are so easy to make! Get one, get a free on if you need to, and zonealarm is good, but if you can get zonealarm pro, do it. It has more options and more protection. Also, every once in a while go through you firewall logs, check for traffic that keeps repeating, maybe some kind of ping to port 139 or something like that. If you do, get the ip which should also be in the logs, do a whois lookup and try complaining to their ISP. If you do not know where to complain to (often email@example.com) try going to their website., or posting here. Also try to keep your firewall always on, it helps.
Third, don't let people know who you are. Most people don't consider anonymity very important, but I am not most people, I think it is important. Try finding a proxy server, (Proxy server = Server that lets you access the net/IRC/e-mail through it, and thereby hides your IP address fromt he computer you connecting to) they can help keep people from knowing your IP address. This is particularly important on IRC where people can find out your IP address with a couple of clicks or a quick 2 second whois lookup. IRC proxies are called BNC or bouncers. If you can't find one, I may offer you access to my BNC.
Fourth, run good antivirus software. Some internet newbies think viruses are everywhere, some think that they are rare. It is a grey area, it depends on where you like to surf. If you like going to those hacker sites, or downloading the newest subseven gold, well then you need antivirus software more than others. I like to download off of IRC where you can't really trust people, I usually run norton antivirus one every new file I download, I can't keep that program running to always scan my files, because it hogs too many system resources, but my computer is lame and 6 years old. Chances are YOU CAN! So do it, get an antivirus program.
Fifth, if you are the kind of person who gets 20 e-mails a day promising free pron, fast diplomas, or free money. Well, then check for one of the few services out there that will filter out your spam for you, they can save you tons of headaches. I did not login to my hotmail for 6 days, turned out spam had clogged it and as a result my account was wiped. Trust me those free spam services can be a lifesaver. Just never ever ever reply to spam, it tells them that they hit gold, and that in their e-mailing of random letters and numbers they hit a real e-mail and more spam is sure to follow.
Hope all this helped out some newbies. I will try to do some more indepth stuff, just don't have the time for it, last exam tomorrow. Bye all.
June 18th, 2002, 05:12 AM
Very good post. I think people could really be helped by this if they take time to do some of the things you mentioned (like getting a firewall, for instance, and shutting down services they don't necessarilly need to use). Great work. I hope it's your work.
June 18th, 2002, 05:34 AM
Why of course it is. Otherwise I wouldn't have been at the new thread screen for 10 extra minutes correcting my obvious spelling errors. Trust me, I don't do second class work.
June 18th, 2002, 05:38 AM
I meant second RATE work. Second rate not second class.
June 18th, 2002, 07:39 AM
\"I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.\"
Sir Winston Churchill.
June 18th, 2002, 04:51 PM
I completely disagree with your stance on privacy for several reasons, but that is likely a debate for another forum.
Great stuff otherwise. Some general good advice.
The Nelson-Shepherd cutoff: The point at which you realise someone is an idiot while trying to help them.
\"Well as far as the spelling, I speak fluently both your native languages. Do you even can try spell mine ?\" -- Failed Insult
Is your whole family retarded, or did they just catch it from you?
June 18th, 2002, 05:10 PM
I know from experience. When I first started going on IRC, I was not using any antivirus software, and was infected with many IRC trojans, (which explained why my status windows told me I was trying to msg people who were not accepting them) and I guess one of the people I had msg'd had decided to do something about it. Well, I was DDoS'd very soon after, forcing me to reboot, perhaps I was spamming one person incessantly, it is very possible I pissed off someone with some power. Had I been using an IRC BNC I would not have been forced to reboot, as the BNC would have gone offline instead of me, and this person would not now know me IP address and be able to DDoS me whenever he or she likes. And for all those who are planning to reply saying, tell the ISPs of the people who attacked, I did, most of them at least, I have heard nothing so far.
June 18th, 2002, 05:10 PM
Thanks for that newbie guide, it helped especially with the Proxy server bit. One thing though - is my anti virus (Trend PC-Cillin 2000) good enough? or should I still get a better one like Norton? Anyway, privacy is important, because I've been hacked before just through stupid kid hackers - Not saying all kids are hackers (some, like myself, are actually willing to learn how to fight back, not join the group.)
June 18th, 2002, 05:25 PM
I am sorry, but I have never tried pc-cillin. I am not really able to give you advice on that proggie, and when I try to install it, it says I have to uninstall Norton antivirus first, which I am not willing to do. Post your question as a new thread in the newbie forum, people will help you out. Sorry I can't.
June 18th, 2002, 05:27 PM
Sorry ntsa, I am sure you would like to hear that you were the first to figure it out, but unfortunately that was not so. More than one person got it before you. So many clues though, the flag, I was talking about indian movies before, ko is part of komal, my komal account was being banned, AND in this account I also posted fast replies to correct my own spelling errors. So, in short, some people just spend too much time on this site.