Anti Hacking Tips And General Advice About Surfing The Web.

There has been story after story regarding one EPeep or another being hacked. I have decided to dedicate a story for the sole purpose of giving some simple tips that will , hopefully, make you less of a target.

 

this is a link you might find helpful.

http://www.hungry-hackers.com/2009/03/5-myths-about-internet-safety.html

 

1. Never store your passwords on your browser.

2. set your browser to delete temp files, cookies, and History  each time you close.

3 open a new browser when going to personal sites.

4 NEVER use the same password for sites like EP as you do for say your Bank. Forums are not as secure as a banking site and they are not encripted.

5. Never make your passsword something that someone can guess. ie birthdays, anniverseries Pets names etc.  (also answer your security questions with answers noone will know and do not tell anyone that information. a friend of mine used : Bob hope regardless of what the question was)

6. Use alphnumeric passwords , using numbers and letters, try not to use properly spelled words but something you can remember . Example. iLuvpbnj4evr  ( I love PB &J forever) If special character are supported use them, it will make a stronger password.

7. use a router between you and your internet connection and lock it down. (change the password and network name from the default every geek knows the default password for a network named lyinksis is admin)

8. make sure you have an updated antivirus installed on your computer and that it is scanning internet traffic in real time.

9. make sure you have  anti spyware software installed on your computer and that it stays updated

10 run your antivirus and antispyware scanns with your computer in safe mode. ( run your scanns at least once a month)

11. if you are ever on a web site and you are redirected for no reason. Close your browser/ restart your computer in safe mode and run your scans.

12. set your browser to block pop ups or to only allow pop ups with your permission.

13. of course use the spam filter on your email to block out spam.

14. Never respond to Email that asks you for your passwords, social security or account numbers. Companies will NOT ask you for that information. If they need something form you they will call you personally and you will have to confirm your idenity.  You can always contact your company directly yourself if in doupt., using the companies info you already have via your contracts. (DO NOT USE contact info from the email in question).

15. Set up user accounts on your computer. it is not a good idea to be logged in all the times as the admin. You can log on as the admin when you are installing or uninstalling software.

Some cyber enforcement links

Wiredcops (hacking)

http://www.cyberlawenforcement.org/cleo_bio/ist.html

 

ecops; (hacking harassment, fraud)

https://www.ecops.be/webforms/Default.aspx?Lang=%3Chtml%3E%3Chead%3E%3Ctitle%3Eobject%20moved%3C/title%3E%3C/head%3E%3Cbody%3E

Reporting internet crime

http://www.cybercrime.gov/reporting.htm

CheekyGeek CheekyGeek
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11 Responses Feb 23, 2010

I'm so encouraged that, being-security, all that is drummed into my DNA<br />
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This latest news show how ruthless hackers are, interfering with the course of justice<br />
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Hack Attack On UK Websites Over Assange<br />
Sky News – 2 hours 27 minutes ago<br />
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British Government websites have been attacked by hackers angered by the country’s stance on the extradition of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange to Sweden.<br />
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Last night activists used Twitter to spread code to overload websites of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), 10 Downing Street, the Home Office and the Department of Work and Pensions.<br />
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One automated programme allowed users to automatically bombard the Prime Minister’s official website with 1,000 service requests per second – launching the programme with a “Fire!!!” button.<br />
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The software attack on the website servers was announced on Twitter by hackers by using the phrase "Tango Down".<br />
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Most sites proved resilient to the so-called denial of service assaults and appeared to be working normally on Tuesday morning, however the MOJ admitted it had been affected.<br />
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An MOJ spokeswoman told Sky News: "The Ministry of Justice website has been experiencing some disruption - this is a public information website and no sensitive data is held on it.<br />
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"Measures put in place to keep the website running mean that some visitors may be unable to access the site intermittently.<br />
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"We will continue to monitor the situation and will take measures accordingly."<br />
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Activists claimed to be located in numerous countries, including Indonesia, the US, Britain, Brazil and Chile.<br />
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Code was also spread to help WikiLeaks supporters attack the website of the Royal Family.<br />
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Activists promoted details of the assault by using several Twitter hashtags, including #OpFreeAssange, and promised more action against the UK and Sweden.<br />
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Mr Assange sought political asylum within the UK embassy of Ecuador to avoid extradition to the Scandanavian country, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations made by two women.<br />
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British police have warned Mr Assange he will be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorian diplomatic post, located in Knightsbridge.

hehe No problem. :)

Wow, you really are cute 'n nerdy! I love it. Thanks for the advice.

A network can be wireless as well as wired (using ethernet cables) even if you choose to set up your network without using any wireless connections you can still use a router. <br />
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think of your home network like a railroad. <br />
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your internet connection comes into your home via your service providers Modem or gateway. that would be the main terminal. from there you can either connect your computer to it directly or use a router. <br />
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Most Gateways/modems provided by your service provider ( ie: comcast AT&T, Varizon etc) do not have that many ports (places you can plug your equipment into) so if you had 3 computers a printer a scanner, fax, tv, entertain center you could not plug them all into one place and have them all work with each other.<br />
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the router allows you to access all of your equipment in a central location (like a switching station)<br />
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the router can also serve as an additional la<x>yer of security for your network even if it is as simple as 2 computers and a printer both computers can share.

use of the term Router is not techno speak. It is the common name for a piece of equipment. If I wanted to talk techno speak I surely could. It dosen't help anyone when you put someone who is trying to help you on the defensive that way. Just ask what a router is with out the insult. <br />
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I will explain. If you have several computers all linked together this is called a network. now if your network also has computers that use a wireless connection you would use what is commonly called a router to broadcast your networks signal to your computers that are connected to the internet and each other by this wireless connection. <br />
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to lock the router down there are settings you can access that accomplish this, the settings are located in the security panel. Each brand of router has it's own path to these settings. the owners manual that came with your router will explain how to get to the security settings.<br />
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Most importantly Change the broadcast signal from WEP .... anyone with an android phone can crack the encryption on a WEP signal. <br />
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btw there is nothing simpler I can call WEP. it is what it is, however once you are in your router settings you will be able to recognize it. That is exactly how the broadcast signals are labeled. <br />
WEP is the lest secure.<br />
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All the computers in your network must be set to the SAME broadcast signal. you find these settings in your network settings via the control panel if you are using windows. <br />
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Hope this helps if further explanation is needed please just ask, I have no problem explaining so long as the questions are respectful. I don't take abuse when I am getting paid for my help I certainly will not take any when I am helping for free.

i have no clue on earth what the heck a router is let alone how to lock it down #7 tip i think<br />
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could you put that into ENGLISH and not TECHNO SPEAK? pls

If you're super paranoid about hacking, it's safe to switch to gmail as well as using CheekyGeeks' suggestions - gmails' the most secure free email.

:) glad this helped.

aaw, A Wee Wizard! I LOVE IT Ruads!!! Many thanks Miss Cheeky, this is truly needed.

You are very welcome!!!!

Good advice. Thank you.