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Worldwide CyberAttack

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by njlefty, May 12, 2017.

  1. superdogg69

    superdogg69 Senior Member

    I used to think the AV Companies put out the viruses or paid others to introduce them in the wild so they could sell the software, but that though track could be misconstrued as... well, you know :confused:o_O:rolleyes::cool::wideyed: LOL :):roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:

    On another note... swatted something before that looked an awful lot like this little guy below :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at LOL?

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  2. superdogg69

    superdogg69 Senior Member

    PC Matic has been advertising quite a bit on TV for some time now

    The ads look pretty convincing and the price is $50 per year for up to 5 devices
  3. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    Mark Twain was the king of that. I'll qualify his quote and credit naked women.

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  4. LINK

    LINK Senior Member - vi et animo

  5. superdogg69

    superdogg69 Senior Member

    Thanks again for the information

    Ironically, I just finished reading/watching the link(s) in your other post about the damage that would be caused by an infrastructure breakdown

    Has me really thinking about how much we all rely on technology and electricity
  6. LINK

    LINK Senior Member - vi et animo

  7. CityGirls

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    I might trust AV on my personal computer where I watch movies, but not on a working computer. On a working computer 3 very simple rules to keep it safe, without installing Antiviruses:
    1. Set Rules in Firewall and restrict unnecessary/vulnerable services(like SMBv1 for example in Wannacry). Simple windows firewall will work.
    2. Be careful what you execute on your computer and don't install applications like: Torrent, TOR browser, VPN software like HMA(if using VPN - then only via original OpenVPN client). Don't use any cracks for software - purchase each and every software or use PortabbleApps - all needed software is there and it is 100% free.
    Since 2013, when I first time installed Windows on my PC, I have not installed any Antivirus, neither I reinstalled Windows again during these years. It's still running like on its first day, even if I have 20 programs open, and each program has 5 more tabs open inside.
    3. When I need to execute any suspicious file, I do it inside VirtualBox on a test Windows OS, to make sure I don't infect my Workspace OS.

    Antivirus programs are supposed to be your friends, but they operate in the way, where simple privacy is breached. For example, to take AVAST. Very nice AV and has a lot of useful tools. But it has one very annoying default setting, where it send all your browsers traffic via their local proxy("to alert you about dangerous websites"). This proxy basically plays a role of a perfect MitM attacker(Man in the Middle). Besides that it scans all your browsing traffic, it also replaces SSL certificate on the fly, making it perfectly readable to Antivirus, including your passwords, private messages and content you are browsing(regular user won't even see a difference and will keep thinking that submitting data on https:// page will keep their passwords and private info safe).

    Same default settings AVAST has for incoming emails on your local mail client. Even if you choose to receive emails via SSL/TLS (port 993 for example), it will go again through a local proxy, replacing SSL certificate on the fly and AV will be able to read all your emails. I understand that this is the only way AV will be able to help you to identify phishing attack emails or infected file attachments, but I can do that myself as well, and I better be the only one who can read my emails.

    So in other words, you give too much control of your computer to a Tech Company. Do they have backdoors for helping mass spying? You will never know.
  8. CityGirls

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    McAfee doesn't have a god reputation after having issues with a law https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/12/john-mcafee-deported-us-guatemala
    I would not trust this AV.
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  10. LINK

    LINK Senior Member - vi et animo

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    LINK Senior Member - vi et animo

  12. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    McAfee was unable to protect against WannaCry according to this AV blog.

    I have had some suspicions about McAfee ever since they were using iyogi as a "service" for their customers. iyogi is a scam as far as I know.

    Anyway, see below.

  13. LINK

    LINK Senior Member - vi et animo

  14. superdogg69

    superdogg69 Senior Member

    It's so hard for the "casual user" and the landscape is always changing

    Nowadays, unless you are a super tech savvy person that understands all these things and can/knows how to/knows which programs to run either simultaneously or in which certain circumstance or in a certain order you are screwed

    I consider myself a strong supporter of privacy, but in my world I have only 2 choices

    Either stop using it all together and lose all those great benefits like GPS, EZ-Pass, Waze, and anything obtained/used via the internet or spend a lot of time trying to navigate and endless scanning programs and how/when to use them and then keeping up with all the changes

    I would also add, there are so many conflicting opinions on the subject of web security (as with most other things in life). I could not vet them and pick a winner
  15. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    Although opinions differ, the benefits of on-line things like bill paying, travel options, etc., far exceed the negatives.

    I use a quality AV, supplement it with scans for cookies, malware, and junk files, and avoid downloading anything no matter who sends it.
  16. superdogg69

    superdogg69 Senior Member

    Thank you to all that have taken the time to educate us on computer security

    I got an informational pop-up from McAfee (my provider at the moment) this morning letting me know they have the recent WannaCry threat addressed

    Here is a window they sent me to with information (generalized info)

    For what it may be worth, here is the link and text


    Subject: Important notice regarding global cyberattack WannaCry

    This past Friday we witnessed a coordinated global cyberattack known as WannaCry. It is one of the biggest cyberattacks that we have ever seen impacting over 150 countries and infecting more than 250,000 machines. WannaCry is a type of malicious software (malware) classified as ransomware. It encrypts essential files on your Windows device and requires that you pay a ransom to unlock those files. Although it primarily focuses on organizational or business networks - as was the case with WannaCry - you can do your part to stop the spread of this by doing the following:

    • Since our security products are automatically updated, as a McAfee customer you are protected from this ransomware when you connect to the Internet and update your security software. As new variants of this ransomware arise, we will continuously update our software to keep you protected. You can confirm your McAfee security is up-to-date by following these instructions. by following these instructions

    • Apply any Microsoft Windows security patches that Microsoft has sent you. If you are using an older version of Microsoft’s operating systems, such as Windows XP or Windows 8, click here to download emergency security patches from Microsoft.

    • Be careful what you click on. This malware was distributed by phishing emails. You should only click on emails that you are sure came from a trusted source. Click here to learn more about phishing emails.

    • Be sure to back up all your computing devices. Regularly backing up your devices helps you recover your information should your computer become infected with ransomware.

    We are actively working on a free decryption tool that, if successful, we will make it available as soon as possible. We are also working with law enforcement agencies around the world to understand who conducted this attack and will do everything we can to bring them to justice.

    You can learn more about WannaCry by clicking here.

    Thank you for being a valued McAfee customer.
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