Most Malware Served Up by Legit Websites That Have Been Compromised



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First, a confession: I haven't been able to bring myself to log in with a normal user account. Vista's UAC, while annoying, has helped in this regard.

What I do to keep safe(r):

  • Keep my firewall software, virus checker and malware checkers (3) up-to-date.
  • Install security updates for Windows and utilities as soon as they are available.
  • Scan all downloads and melted SEE/compressed folders before executing anything.
  • Avoid websites with higher-than-average pop-up/under ads.
  • Close pop-ups using the system tray icon rather than the window close gadget.
  • Avoid warez and torrent sites.
  • Use only legit, personally-licensed software; Do the same for all computers on our home network.
  • Use strong passwords for all accounts, both local and inet-based; Change them periodically.
  • Use strongest encryption available for wireless network.
  • Share limited number of folders to specific, local user accounts only.
  • Perform periodic system scrub to delete old drivers, uninstall unused utils/apps, etc.

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