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MSFX Moderator says

One rule to rule them all…

Unless you’ve requested it (i.e. password reset confirmation), NEVER click through to visit a site regarding any personal details via an email.

You should put that on a t-shirt ;)

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ZoomIt says

3. Make sure your Anti Virus Software is up to date.

What is the use of Anti Virus Software ? I think browsers are secure enough these days to not let sites steal a password from their memory just by visiting them.

I have never used AV for 10 years and no virus so far. Yes, I use a Mac, but I do not have a virus on my PC either. So IMHO, if you are a little smart and see the difference from bad to good, you do not need Antivirus.

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halfdata says

What is the use of Anti Virus Software ? I think browsers are secure enough these days to not let sites steal a password from their memory just by visiting them.
I don’t agree with you. If browsers are secure, how do you think all of this viruses/trojans/malware exist? They couldn’t “survive” if browsers/protocols/etc. are absolutely secure.

PS: Stealing data from the memory is not only way to get it. :-)

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doru says


3. Make sure your Anti Virus Software is up to date.
What is the use of Anti Virus Software ? I think browsers are secure enough these days to not let sites steal a password from their memory just by visiting them.

browsers have vulnerabilities. once one knows them he can create a complex webpage that exploits this vulnerability and tricks the browser to automatically download a trojan/virus/malware on your computer. A good antivirus, set on “automatically scan live everything that is open or created” may catch this file and quarantine it. Without the antivirus you don’t even know the computer got infected or not. Is not always obvious.

So this is an important point to keep in mind when clicking on links you get in mails.

this is exactly the case explained by “theAlThemist” previously in this thread.

Here is the page with the security vulnerabilities fixed with each new version of Firefox.

https://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox.html

what we can observe is that is very common to have critically vulnerabilities fixed with each new version. Statistically this means there are currently not patched vulnerabilities in firefox.

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Creattive says

I have never used AV for 10 years and no virus so far.

I have never paid my telephone bills and they only called me two times as a warning. after that, they never called me again. Nobody called me again. Hah, if you are a little smart,you don’t need to pay telephone bills.

:D

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3. Make sure your Anti Virus Software is up to date.

What is the use of Anti Virus Software ? I think browsers are secure enough these days to not let sites steal a password from their memory just by visiting them.

I have never used AV for 10 years and no virus so far. Yes, I use a Mac, but I do not have a virus on my PC either. So IMHO, if you are a little smart and see the difference from bad to good, you do not need Antivirus.

A little bit naive… mac users in the creative industry actually get more viruses than those on PC since they think “I’m on a mac, i’m safe”

No harm using an antivirus, there is alot of harm if you get a virus… an infected usb stick of wordpress blog is all it needs…

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MikeSea says

- use Thunderbird
- use a dedicated e-mail address
- mark suspicious e-mails as spam and – for gods sake – don’t open them
- keep in mind: envato would never ask you for your password
- never click on a link in a suspicous e-mail
- do not open attachments from suspicious e-mails
- report scam e-mails to envato support
- ask envato-support if you’re unsure whether an e-mail is official or scam
- disable scripts and external content
- use firefox and thunderbird add-ons like no-script, cookieblocker, addblocker, blue-hell firewall, etc.
- don’t visit any other sites while you’re looged into your envato account
- close your browser after signing off your envato account
- keep your anti-virus and malware software up to date
- use WOT and startpage.com

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Endat says

I’m a Linux power user so I’m a bit brave about opening things and clicking links.. I don’t use antivirus, and find that most of the junk is poorly executed phishing. Sometimes though, when I find a virus, I’ll download it, dissect it and see what it does.. then i say to myself “tsk tsk.. you little noob lol” and either delete it or track down it’s maker (trojans always phone home) and report them.

With emails (if it looks suspicious), I always check the email that it’s from and cross reference the headers with the originating domain/ip and then do a GeoIP lookup of the IP address and see what country it’s from (you can do this for free @ maxmind.com).. it’s also good to hover over any links and see where theyre linking to (if theyre linking to g75h8ghg.lkdjf85.com/?fiorejfoiej or something like that, its definitely a scam). Sometimes I even right click the images and see if theyre coming from the real site or hosted elsewhere (sometimes scam emails will have images from the real site).

If the email is threatening some consiquence against one of your accounts unless you do X or Y, I would be extra careful.. I have never known a site to legitimately send an email like that (unless you owe ebay money lol). Notify the REAL site and forward them a copy if you can.

Attachments are tricky.. it’s like a pandora’s box. If it’s a binary (exe most commonky), i usually delete it.. I used to download them and run them on a Windows VirtualBox, but it’s usuallya case of “launch and nothing happens” because it starts hiding and multiplying in the background and then I have to blow away the VirtualBox without ever seeing anything cool happen. It’s a bit boring.

Most of all, I will say I have always been disappointed to see people use such talents in a malicious or immoral way. Someone should take away your computer and hit you over the head with it.. BAD programmer.. BAD!

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Creattive says

I used to download them and run them on a Windows VirtualBox, but it’s usuallya case of “launch and nothing happens” because it starts hiding and multiplying in the background and then I have to blow away the VirtualBox without ever seeing anything cool happen. It’s a bit boring.

:D you linux guys are awesome.

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Gareth_Gillman says

My top tip is “if it looks too good to be true, then 99% chance it is”

If you receive an email e.g.

- you’re due a tax refund

- you have won $10 million

- Free $500 gift card

99 times out of 100 they are fake and are after something

My second tip is “treat every link as a fake”...

If you receive an email with a link in it, treat it like a bomb, don’t click it and delete the email, go to the website where it was sent from and check your balance / messages directly.

Online security is so simple but most people become dumb and act stupid in front of the computer, you wouldn’t leave your car unlocked, you wouldn’t expect someone to give you $1million in the street so why the hell do it online?

Fraudsters only make money from our own stupidity, 99% of online scams are so easy to spot if you take 5 seconds to read the email closely and not just go on the obvious details.

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