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    Shields Up!

    ShieldsUp!

    This is a great website. It has great explanations about computer and internet security. It will also scan your computer and point out any security problems.

    I was very happy to find my connection was well secured.

    Well worth the reading and scanning.

    If this is interesting, check out this guide for more port scanning: http://lifehacker.com/198946/how-to-...security-holes
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    Steve Gibson makes security easier and fun to think about. Gibson being the G in GRC.com link to Shields UP! above.

    He also does a heck of job of explaining things on his Security Now show. While it isn't for everyone, there's recently been a sweet multiple part overview on how computers work, starting at the earliest basic hardware components and going forward. If you're someone who likes to know how your tools work it might be of interest and it doesn't require you already know X Y and Z to join in. Series begins at Episode 233 - and hey, to avoid a lot of stuff you likely won't be interested in skip ahead and start 34 minutes into the show.

    Let's Design a Computer (part 1)

    To understand the advances made during 50 years of computer evolution, we need to understand computers 50 years ago. In this first installment of a new Security Now series, we design a 50 year old computer. In future weeks, we will trace the factors that shaped their design during the four decades that followed.

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    I've been using that site for years. I always check it out whenever I put together a new computer, install a new firewall, or use a different browser. It's been a fantastic resource!
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    I just scanned my computer (desktop) all secure, nice to know.......;-)
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    Gibson is a very useful resource, been using that in my toolkit as well. I got into his work when he exposed some issues with Plug and Play. Some folks think he was blowing that one up a bit, but I think he had a point.

    Good info to get out!
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    I am secure! Thanks for the link, Xiphos!




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    where to you go on the site to do the scan?

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    https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

    The site is busy, which is very rare for them, as Steve explains. You'll have to try back later.
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    It would be nice if it told you a step by step way to fix your weaknesses.

    Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkzV5AIK8iM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0 View Post
    It would be nice if it told you a step by step way to fix your weaknesses.
    There are some articles on the site that cover the common open ports.

    If you want, PM me what was open and I'll tell you how to fix it.

    (After I read your hard drive )
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