Are you passionate about computer security? If so, what protective measures do you take?

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asked Apr 9, 2012 by aaaaaaaaa (7,120 points)
Even though I use a Mac most of the time, I am still obsessed with security whether it be related to files, apps, or the web. Personally, I have taken some extensive measure to protect myself and my data:

 - Encrypted user folder
 - Custom Firewall installed on both my computer and my home router
 - Sophos anti-virus installed with custom scans running every hour and
   live scanning
 - Encrypted backup drive, media drive and portable thumb drives
 - Text files with all of my passwords so I can copy them into my browser
   window, evading keyloggers
 - Firefox add-ons including: Adblock Plus, BetterPrivacy, DONotTrackPlus, FlagFox, Ghostery, HTTPS-Everywhere, WOT (WebOfTrust), NoScript, RefControl, and RequestPolicy
 - For even sketchier browsing, I use [Tor][1].

Also, I plan on paying for a VPN service to anonymize my network traffic. Suggestions are welcome.

So, what about you guys? Tell me what type of security measure you have implemented for yourselves.


5 Answers

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answered Apr 11, 2012 by Abel Luna (451 points)
Wow that is being secure, but I take a different approach.

I use:

 - AVG Internet Security

 - Cyberghost VPN.

 - Encrypted removable media.

 - BIOS password on computer startup.

 - Chrome Addons: AdBlock, Do Not Track Plus, and Disconnect.

 - 22 character alphanumeric passwords.
commented Apr 11, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Once you said BIOS password, that's a little extreme.
commented Apr 11, 2012 by Abel Luna (451 points)
I have relatives who know their way around a computer. After all, there is an easy way to bypass even the BIOS password.
commented Apr 11, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Still, that's kind of extreme (in my honest opinion for average consumer needs).
+3 votes
answered Apr 11, 2012 by josephLtech (1,696 points)
I use common sense and safe browsing. Most effective security ever.
commented Apr 11, 2012 by Jackster1337 (8,481 points)
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answered Apr 11, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
All I do is install MSSE and Zonealarm. Yes, I install Adblock but that's because I hate YouTube ads. I don't go all out like @Abel Luna, but hey, that's all I need and probably the average consumer needs. As what @josephLtech said, is true. Just browse with common sense.
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answered Apr 11, 2012 by TheTechDude (76,270 points)
Here are some of my security things:

- Kaspersky Pure 2.0 on all of my computers
- All of my passwords are memorized and different for everything (yes it takes a lot but I have never wirtten down a password)
- Hardware based firewall
- Google Chrome: AdBlock Plus, Kaspersky
- Any online backup is encrypted before being uploaded.  However, I have a backup onsite that is secure and encrypts the off site backup.
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answered Apr 11, 2012 by AlanStryder (2,031 points)
I use ghostery for anti-tracking, configured flash so that it doesn't store anything locally and will never access my microphone or camera.  I've configured my browser to delete all local content upon exiting.  I use truecrypt for storing sensitive data.

I avoid Google and Apple products whenever possible, with the exception of youtube which is accessed via a gmail account that uses a pseudonym for a login.  I don't use the gmail account for any email.

I've built a pfSense box with 3 network cards for a firewall/router and also use it for a proxy which my wifi network must log into in order access the rest of the network and/or Internet.

My wifi network uses WPA2 with aes encryption and is in a DMZ on a different subnet.  It also employs MAC address filtering.

And I browse with common sense.
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