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Old 07-17-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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Hi all,

On my PC I will be without a virus system for a few days (until I reniew).
Now my question is.....If I only go the reptable and sites which are secure (nothing dodgy), what are my chances of getting a virus?

Thanks in advance

Dave
There are people out there who search for computers with open ports. It has nothing to do with what website you are on.

Go to komando.com and download avg free or something. There is no reason to be on the internet without some kind of virus protection.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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If I was waiting to renew, I would dl and run free anti-virus software.

AVG free is almost as good as the pro version
Which isn't all that great, they seem to have allot of false positives.
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:41 PM
 
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There are people out there who search for computers with open ports. It has nothing to do with what website you are on.

Go to komando.com and download avg free or something. There is no reason to be on the internet without some kind of virus protection.

20yrsinBranson
Thus a router should be standard, even if you only own one computer. Network Address Translation (NAT) drops all inbound traffic, that is not a response to an outbound request from the computer on the 'inside' of the network protected by the router.

Further protection is provided in that typically the internal computers are assigned private addresses (i.e. 192.16.8.x.x) which is not permitted traverse the internet meaning your computer cannot be directly addressed by anyone on the internet.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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Some good tools and info there to check how stealth your computer actually is.
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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**Home of Gibson Research Corporation**

Some good tools and info there to check how stealth your computer actually is.
Don't get me wrong, it is a great site, and Steve has some excellent tests, and is very security savvy. I also follow his security podcast "Security Now".

But your statement isn't correct for most people. If you have a router then Shields UP is testing the router not the computer. That is perfectly valid, but don't be lulled into complacency by being stealthy behind your router. Take your laptop to a public hotspot, then you are protected only by the security on your laptop.

The public hotspot is going to be behind a router, and will use NAT, which gives you a great deal of protection from the internet, but does nothing to protect your from the other people connected to the hotspot, or even outside in the parking lot capturing traffic.
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