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  1. Your click does matter! - What you do online could determine whether your information ends up getting stolen, your banking credentials are hacked, or your system is infected with malicious software. Anti-Virus v. Anti-Malware: What's the difference? Most AV (anti-virus) solutions offer the same features as AM (anti-malware) solutions but the real meaning behind it all is generally a marketing difference. Malware is a term used for all malicious software, while virus is a term used for a type of malicious software that spreads and replicates itself. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4Zj1F-Vv5Y Built-in security mechanisms By default, Windows 10* (assuming you're on an updated OS) has these security mechanisms built-in: UAC: User Account Control UAC allows the user of a PC to provide authority to applications seeking administrative access to perform modifications to certain features/files on a machine. SmartScreen Alerts you when an application attempts to run that is unknown or not trusted. Kernel Patch Protection & PatchGuard (x64 Systems Only) In-place to prevent manipulation of the Windows Kernel. General tips - Do not open any emails you weren't expecting. - Make sure you use the correct website and not a phishing page. - Use passwords that use a variety of letters, numbers, and symbols. - Avoid the use of torrents. - Use real licensed software and not cracks or key-generators (keygens). - When visiting a webpage you are unsure of, use a VPN. - as a precaution. - Un-check boxes when downloading specific items, most come bundled with other useless items. - Do not plug any USB's into your machine that you may have found. - When logging into websites, make sure they have 'https://' within the URL. Software Suggestions/Misc OS Updates Keeping your OS (operating system) up-to-date is extremely important because when the new patches get sent out they are to secure certain holes within the system that contain vulnerabilities, and other bugs. It is also recommended that you upgrade your OS to the latest version if you haven't already. Password Manager Using a password manager makes not locking yourself out of your own accounts a breeze and using more secure passwords even easier! Suggestions: bitwarden KeePassX Security Solution Having an AV/AM is a critical point of protection for most users, and it should be. It is used as a primary source of prevention and defense for malicious software. Free: Windows Defender (built-in) avast! Avira Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (can be used with another solution) Paid: Emsisoft Anti-Malware - Highly recommend! Kaspersky ESET Software Updates Keeping your software up-to-date is just as important as anything else; Doing so provides protection against exploits that appear in the wild that may lead to a possible infection or breach. You may do so with ease by using an application called PatchMyPC. Traffic Encryption Encrypting your DNS traffic will help prevent MITM attacks. Windows client: Simple DNSCrypt USB Protection USB Drive's are a common vector for attack, thus protecting against this is always a smart decision! I suggest using USB Flash Drives Control from BiniSoft which allows you to enable/disable read, write, and execute mode for flash drives.
  2. Android or iOS?

    Which do you prefer, Android or iOS? I personally prefer Android over any iOS options.
  3. Manjaro Linux, and Xubuntu are my two favorite general choices along with Qubes OS.
  4. In addition to your warning statement about disconnecting the power, one should also press the power button at least 5 times in order to drain the remaining power stored inside the machine.
  5. Retail vs. Online

    I prefer shopping online as-well.
  6. Here is another useful one: https://linuxjourney.com/ It basically has an assortment of guides about what Linux is, and how various parts of it works.
  7. Currently I am using Emsisoft Anti-Malware on my machine.
  8. favorite router

    I don't really have a *favorite* router, I just like one that works and runs smoothly.
  9. OS: UAC (User Account Control): Browsers: Browser Extensions: Real-time Protection: On-demand Protection: Misc. Utilities: OS: Windows 10 Home UAC (User Account Control): Always Notify Browsers: Google Chrome (Primary), Mozilla Firefox (Secondary), Microsoft Edge (Backup) Browser Extensions: Adguard, HTTPS Everywhere Real-time Protection: Emsisoft Anti-Malware, Windows Firewall On-demand Protection: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Rogue Killer Misc. Utilities: CCleaner, Windscribe (VPN), cleanmgr.exe (default disk cleanup)
  10. 2017 Antivirus Poll

    Eek! You don't have Emsisoft added.
  11. I use GIMP to work with image creation; I absolutely love it!
  12. Printer Repair

    If it is a home-based printers (i.e. one that can be purchased at a low price) I normally suggest others to just replace the device as it would most of the time cost the same price to just repair any of the inside components, although there are some issues with printers such as jams, ink issues, and driver related malfunctions that I do tend to fix. I believe repair is mainly for enterprise and workplace printers as they do tend to get quite expensive.
  13. First Impressions Thread

    I absolutely love how the community is being formed as it covers a wide-variety of tech related topics and not to mention has a unique forum software that isn't used by many forums under this niche. Zap's design is also really user/browser friendly and is really smooth. I have high hopes for this community.