February 7th, 2006, 06:02 AM
total newb in need of help
hi there,i was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on how to make my pc more secure while online.
i'm running win xp home edition,web browsing with mozilla firefox. microsoft antispyware,zonealarm and AVG antivirus free edition.
i have windows firewall disabled with zonealarm as my only firewall.
all updates are installed for my programs but i'm a little worried because i'm completely unaware of how to go about securing my system properly as i have no REAL knowledge of computer security.
if anyone could clue me in i would be most gratefull,i don't like the idea that because of my own lack of knowledge,people could be stealing account passwords and all sorts from right under my nose.
anyways hope to hear from you all soon
February 7th, 2006, 06:48 AM
I'm about to go to bed but maybe a couple of things you didn't mention but may have in place.
Do you have a password set for your admin account and is it a strong password maybe using numbers and letters.
Do you have the other user accounts set to limited and the guest account turned off.
You can change all of this on the admin account. Go to start>control panel>user accounts.
Pooh Sun TZu wrote these guides. Maybe they will help.
And pooh was the man
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February 7th, 2006, 06:53 AM
get blacklight by fsecure http://www.f-secure.com/blacklight/
and also check the downloads at www.sysinternals.com
there are several good security programs there...
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February 7th, 2006, 08:25 AM
...sounds like you're in pretty good shape. As muert0 suggests, check your administrator password. By default, there is no admin password in XP and a good tech can get into a machine by simply booting into Safe Mode and logging in as Administrator. You might also use the classic logon prompt which can be set in "User Accounts" in the "Control Panel" (see 'change the way users logon"). HTH.
p.s. -- oh yeah, use a strong password.
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February 7th, 2006, 12:06 PM
February 7th, 2006, 02:45 PM
wow thanx guys,that's a lot to go on.everyone here seems real helpfull,i'm glad i signed up
i'll be sure to visit often whenever i need more info.