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I try to be a good 'netizen'  by following all the best practices of security. Even going as far as allowing Secunia to access my computer to help me out during my busy schedule (and since I am retired that is a bit of rhetorical tongue-in-cheek). I get regular updates from the proggy when new releases are issued, especially when they have been released to fix previous security threats. Mostly, this is what I expect to see as soon as I have updated the programme in question:




However (and here's a bit of flame-bait for the Apple users amongst us), when is Apple going to get its act together so that its QuickTime product is 'safe' for use in browsers other than its own?



My fourth browser, IE9, doesn't get a mention because it is still in beta, but I have no doubt that when Secunia pick it up it will also be shown as insecure.

Bummer!

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Interesting observations!
One would think that Apple would lead the way in protecting its programs.O_o
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ah, so you seen what I have always suspected.

I installed Linux Mint (apple is not Linux) and one of it's claim is that no firewall and anti-virus is needed.

LOL :lol: what a laugh I got (not that i love Winedoze all that much)

They claim that they are in 4th place on OS uses worldwide. That may be the truth but I think that they can only claim the no anti-virus is because no one no descent programmer wants to spend some time coding virus for Linux

Why get the 4th place guys when you can be sticking it to the number one OS in the world.

(man MS should pay me for this!)

Yes indeed very interesting observation.
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I fret about the 'threats' constantly. Not obsessive about it, you understand, but I am concerned that I don't know nearly enough about how the attacks are vectored.

I rarely tread into the badlands, most of my surfing being limited to my own website, this forum and one or two other websites of members that I've met here.

Now, having said all that you'd think my computer was bogged down with security software, bringing it to a crawl. Not so!

Neither am I about to discuss the pros and cons of package-A versus package-B, since we all have our own favourites based on many years of trouble-free usage.

I've successfully weaned myself off virtually all the BIG NAMES, finding that each of them has gradually added bloat in an effort to try and impress, especially in their 'suites'.

I am currently running with the standard Windows 7 firewall (has an outgoing weakness) and Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). Both are generic M$ products and play nicely with each other and the OS. A quick weekly run with CCleaner and Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware in addition has served to keep my system clean for the last 8 or 9 months.

Feel free to suggest your own product, but not at the expense of rubbishing another that somebody else finds perfectly useable!

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Fletch,
you have a way with words.

How I choose to deal with the slowness with Winedoze ather some time is to reinstall everything including the OS. (once or 2 times a month)

I don't think I may the paranoid type but if I must check my online bank account I make well barn sure I have not gone to any "bad lands" on the current installation of Winedoze.

Have you seen the updates at all?
I assume you are aware that on very Thursday (MS day for updates) countless patches are issued?

Just when you think you are safe because you remember that last week your Winedoze installation was all updated but you see 10 -20 more patches for this week you'll come to think that your really never safe at all.

This is the price we must pay I guess, but don't you never wish that people that make the reason for these patches ever quit?

But this may never be proven but I suspect they are the same people that make the patches.
Not all but most of them.

Just think about it.
If you were a glass salesmen.
You possibility be tempted to break glass to make some business for yourself especially if your the only glass business in town.

I for one love people but I always look for their catch .

What is anyone's catch as of late?

One word you all know it well.

MONEY.

It makes the world go around.
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Spoken like a true "Gamer" Violative!

It is actually a strong conviction among gamers that the best way to deal with pest is to kill it before it kills you and the best way to do this is to wipe your hard drive clean and reinstall. I've done it countless times and it is the most effective way to keep your PC off limits to the parasite world, or having no Internet.

Fletch, I command your efforts to keep your computer software up to date; keeping it clean for 8 or 9 months like you do is a rare feat and a strong indication that you are doing something right.

I personally find all these auto updates intrusive, invasive and disruptive and so, I do the reverse of what you do and cut them off from my world as much as I can. I find it already difficult to have a good bandwidth without having software high-jacking a good portion of it to chit chat with its creator.

After Windows has had a chance to update itself, I do not want to ever hear from it until the next edition, or the next version, so I black it out thoroughly, disabling auto-update and removing the appropriate services. Otherwise, every Tuesday Microsoft finds a reason to invade my computer with a twisted story about critical updates.

I use Sandboxie: to run my browsers in a virtual sandbox whenever I visit sites I do not know and especially when searching the net for any reasons. Nothing can hook with my real OS while in Sandboxie and for safe measure I flush the virtual drive afterward. This way, I greatly reduce the chance of getting viruses or malware through my browsers.

My Master OS (Win-7) Partition contains nothing but the operating system files, completely isolated from my partitioned data and multimedia drives if I choose so by booting a second emergency OS partition available on demand. I can switch booting operating systems at will and wipe out a suspicious one and reinstall it quickly, never having to worry about my data.

I play Internet Battlefield Combat games with a third OS partition exempt from invasive software of any kind, including anti-virus, anti-malware, firewalls and operating systems updates, and keep browsers out of it. At the slightest sign of performance wear and tear, I wipe it out and install a new clean OS. I never get the nightmare scenarios so many gamers complain about on game forums. I play the game the way it was meant to be played, with nothing else running. I do not use game consoles, PS3 and the likes because it does not allow for much strategy in military games and so, I stick to my PC for my leisurely pursuit of world domination.:lol:
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Jean,

I whole heartily agree "parasite world" you talk about is real.

While some people like to think that their data is permanent like their OS and they try to have their settings saved forever by not reinstalling the OS and keeping all data they really like to save; away from the partition the OS is, the truth is some people are so naive and so excited that they have a computer that they never do anything to save guard their data (mainly pictures and videos).

I have worked as a computer store tech in the past and it is incredible to me to see the amount of money people would pay for a simple virus cleaning because they did not want to reinstall.

I can go on and on Jean but the really hate to type.

what you are doing works for you and it seems to be the best, if I really what to keep any install because I am a gamer and to reinstall everything was a pain because of the settings on the games.
in cases like this I would use a program called deepfreeze this program allowed me to keep all my setting forever but now I don't have to use that program because steam as added a file sync
this allows everyone to automatically have their game settings saved so when I reinstall all my settings are like I left them. Really the only game I love to play is Counter-Strike Source to me their is no other game on the planet and this game offers. The things you were talking about in this thread and others is exceptionally what this game excels at the speed of the game is super fast. If you know anything about steam you would know that this game and the earlier version of it made Steam is what it is today. Nothing ELSE comes close to me.

happy gaming.

sorry for and grammatical errors

ah almost forgot console gamers are a lazy lot!
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Hi Guys,

Jean said

I use Sandboxie: to run my browsers in a virtual sandbox
Jean could you please share a little bit more of your experience with this soft? Especially I'm interested whether it sloves down your PC or it is rather neutral? Any other drawbacks?

Thanks in advance.

Regards :)
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Although there is nothing like getting a genuine user's view on a programme, you can get most of the information from the Sandboxie website. This is something I picked out of the FAQ section:

What are the requirements to run Sandboxie?

Sandboxie works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003. There is some support for older 64-bit versions of Windows: see the download page.

Sandboxie does not work on Windows 95, 98 or ME, or on Mac operating systems. There are no plans to support these environments.

There are no particular hardware requirements. Sandboxie needs only a small amount of memory and should have a very small impact on performance.

Based on Jean's recommendation I think I will be trying out this little gem for myself. Might even pay the low price to get rid of the nag screen!


P.S.
The latest version of Sandboxie (3.50) now supports Windows7 32-bit and 64-bit

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Always pays to have a balaced view, though. Here is a list of the 'conflicts' …
  • AnVir Task Manager
  • Canon Printers, Canon Easy-WebPrint
  • HP Universal Print Driver
  • ITEKSOFT eDocPrinter PDF
  • Naomi Web Filter
  • McAfee Viruscan Enterprise 8.7i
  • Nuance OmniPage
  • PC-Tools Spyware Doctor Version 7
  • PrevX SafeOnline
  • PunkBuster
  • Rising Anti-Virus
  • SnagIt
  • Trusteer Rapport
  • Webroot AntiSpyware Corporate Edition
  • ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite Version 8


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Fletch said

you can get most of the information from the Sandboxie website

Thank you Fletch,

Of course I have already read all of this, but as you mentioned in a case of a new soft, the user opinion is of the highest importance.  :thumbs:

Best regards.
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Thanks for the extra info you referred to Fletch!

Hobbis, I've been using Sandboxie for several years now and it works as advertised and I never experienced drawbacks in memory or speed. Although it can even run several software in the sandbox, I usually limit my use of it to browsers. Interestingly, you can also use it to test install a suspicious program and see if you can detect anomalies. It will create its own registry keys and folders, which can easily be flushed afterward at the click of a button.

I have used this software extensively with my students in class to show how to detect and understand the behavior of several viruses without ever infecting the work place (make sure to always shut down the PC for at least 10 seconds if a virus was detected to flush the computer's memory for safe measure after deleting the virtual space). This tiny program acts like and delivers limited differencing features of "Virtual Machines" such as VMware or MS Virtual PC in a compact easy to use Perl of a software.

The use of it might look a bit complex at first, but it is really very simple (one click) and your browsing is 100% safe.

One note: I have seen this software not working on certain PC with paid Virus Scanner software installed. Not even uninstalling the scanner permitted Sandboxie to work.
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Jean,

Thank you very much for your post concerning Sandboxie. I'll have to think about it as it seems to be promising but on the other hand there is a confirmation of my doubts as you said:
"I have seen this software not working on certain PC with paid Virus Scanner software installed"
I guess it has to be an issue when I have got installed something like Norton soft on my machine. :(

Jean,

I like very much your theme intro at the planaruba.com/jean/themes.html as well as I'm impressed by your themes in general. The problem which I've seen there however is the fact that you implement a Flash solution which is ignored by all portable Apple devices. I've checked it on my iPad and your theme introduction page was not available at all for me, as well as some of your headers from your themes. They are simply invisible or only partly presented.

I have a question now. In "Joomla world" there is a solution for this - a developer has to prepare two versions of pages, one containing flash applications and the second having something more traditional instead (.jpg, .png, .gif). Among extensions to Joomla there are also some plugins which recognize "on the fly" from what kind of devices the browser requests the website. If it is an Apple product, the second solution is implemented automatically. My question is if such a solution is possible in our ocPortal?

I'll be grateful for the feedback.

Thanks in advance. :)
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I'm sure there are Javascript solutions. The best you can do in the current ocPortal without using a third-party technique is to detect Safari…

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{+START,IF,{$BROWSER_MATCHES,safari}}
{+END}

{+START,IF,{$NOT,{$BROWSER_MATCHES,safari}}}
{+END}


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Chris said

The best you can do in the current ocPortal without using a third-party technique is to detect Safari…
Thank you Chris! :)

What an elegant solution :thumbs:
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Hi Hobbis!

Concerning Norton and sandboxie, I don't think that there are serious problems running the two. There might be some issues with some Norton Toolbars on some browsers, but it cost you nothing to try it. The software is tiny and can be uninstalled easily. Beside, I'd rather use Sandboxie than being informed by my Virus Scanner that it has detected a Virus on my HD. This kind of warning is in most cases too late; the virus has already spread to potentially hundreds of files, splits into bits and pieces all over applications and data. When ask by the scanner if you want to remove a found virus, it does not inform you that it might be purely cosmetic and that the virus might reconstitute itself with your next visits on the Internet and at best it can only succeed in blocking it for a short while.

I am much more concerned at what is going on with my Internet communication ports than the feeble reassurances of my virus scanner. The devices and computers connected to the Internet use a protocol called TCP/IP to communicate with each other. TCP stands for Transmission Control Protocol. Using this method, the computer sending the data connects directly to the computer it is sending the data to. There are 65,535 TCP Ports on your computer. Do you know what they are doing right now? Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Cannon, Kodak, Apple, and countless others are having a good time with your TCP ports right now, behind your back, but legally since you agreed to it when purchasing their products. Do you really trust that they are using these ports just to give you extra service?

More intimidating still, one should be even more concerned about UDP ports, which stands for User Datagram Protocol. Using this method, the computer sending the data, packages the information into a nice little parcel and releases it into the network with the hopes that it will get to the right place. There are 65,535 UDP Ports on your computer. Do you know what they are doing right now? Any number of Malware might have a fun time right now linking one of these ports to a rogue server and using your computer for illegal or malicious activities without your knowledge. Visiting the Internet, is an invitation to servers across the world to share your bandwidth with others. We are increasingly more interconnected every day. It is not necessarily a bad thing, but anti-virus and anti-malware cannot even begin to address this correctly, as it constantly evolve, adapt and forces its way as scripts on your hard disks.

You could essentially use your Firewall and close all 131,070 ports, but there are a good number of these ports open for business and absolutely essential for certain programs on your computer. Many are dedicated for your games and communication devices. Are Virus Scanners, Malware detectors, and Firewall managers able to monitor all of this and keep your computer free of pests? I personally feel that I would just exchange one pest for another by trying to address all this with such software, which essentially act like viruses to protect my computer from other viruses.

If you decide that it might be a difficult task at best, than you must limit your exposure by visiting the Internet Virtually. The best way to do this is to use software such as VMWare, or Windows Virtual PC (the free versions are great and all you'll need), but it requires a bit of technical knowledge to install and maintain. Short of that, I highly recommend Sandboxie.;)


Concerning Flash:

First of all, thank you for your good words. It is always encouraging to receive such praise.

As Chris mentioned, there are "JavaScript solutions" and the detection of Safari with his graciously supplied smart code which I'll certainly try to incorporate in future versions, but the real reason why I did not even try to implement this, beside the supplied "jpg/png" replacement images for two of them, is that my efforts with these "Themes" have been primarily to show how easy it could be done with minimum fuss and impact to the standard .tpl and .css files. I've designed them as a teaching tool for my students and in the process, thought that it might be good enough to share with ocPortal's community. The Flash portion of it is meant to pique the interest and also serves to attach a bit of my creative soul to each project. I thank you for pointing out some of the shortfalls and problems devices without a Flash player might have with these themes and I will try to address this shortly.

I started with the premise that this ocPortal CMS program is very potent and can answer the dreams of many Web Designers, without the need for much tinkering for the express reason that it is, and should remain evolutionary. So, basically don't mess with it and it will play nice. Just be patient and treat it with respect and the reward is a smooth ride to the top of social network dreams. Its owners have demonstrated how close to these dreams they really are; committed by constantly adjusting its performance, features, and through immediate attention to bugs, always neatly solved within minutes to hours. My philosophy is not to add stress to a program already complex by stubbornly wanting to forge it to my expectation at all costs, insisting that my point of view is the only one that should count if I'm going to give it my support. I support ocPortal because I'm there for the journey and I believe that the destination will be one that I will like.

However, you are right to think that a designer should be prepared to meet the demands of his clients and if these include portability to iOS devices and other Operating Systems PCs, by all means, it should be addressed. My themes are free for the taking and the Flash component can simply be replaced by other graphics, or accommodated by tailored scripts. I intend to add more portability to my themes when my teaching reaches that level and I will surely share my experience with this community. Meanwhile, if I have a client who insists in having it his way now, I will consult with ocProduct as to the feasibility of them implementing the changes and charge him the necessary fee.

One of the reasons I use Flash in my designs, is that Adobe Flash Player is reaching 99% of Internet-enabled desktops. At the moment iOS devices do not support Browser side Flash animation, but I expect this to change fairly soon. I believe that HTML 5 is more hype than substance. Don't get me wrong, it will be the de facto Internet language by which everything will be measures as soon as IE 9 comes about. It certainly has everything necessary to be a Flash killer. HTML5 not only has the standard text elements, but also <canvas> on which 2d graphics can be drawn and <video> elements to embeds videos. So, in a full-fledged implementation of HTML5, you can realize a very dynamic web site without using Flash.

However, Flash ActionScript can accomplish the same thing in 50% less code. There are tasks that will be very difficult if not impossible to achieve with JS and CSS. In my opinion, the greatest impediment to getting rid of Flash is the constant power struggle of Microsoft to abide by any standard other than its own and the bickering of a legion of browsers as to which interpretation they might implement.

I believe that HTML5 stack (html, css and JS) will NOT be a direct replacement for Flash anytime soon and contrary to most Apple users wishes, it will be part of their machines in one form or another because, among other things, the inevitable technology progression of 3D, already in the process of being addressed by Adobe Flash and in the realm of dreams for HTML 5.

Sorry about all this seemingly lecturing tone, Hobbis; it was not intentional and probably not required by you, but as I set out to answer your pertinent questions, I couldn't help expressing my ideas and opinions as to why I'm using ocPortal the way I do.

Cheers,:)
Jean
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Hi Jean,

Thank you very much for you detailed response. It is amazing and as usual really very interesting.

Jean said

Sorry about all this seemingly lecturing tone, Hobbis; it was not intentional and probably not required by you, but as I set out to answer your pertinent questions, I couldn't help expressing my ideas and opinions as to why I'm using ocPortal the way I do

Jean I do not completely mind your tone and extension of your lecture. I do really appreciate it and moreover I do really like its form. I have to confess you something. Many years ago I also used to be an academic teacher and lecturer so even today because of all that days spend with students, I have got now the same tendency as you presented here. This means that I like to explain everything in very thoughtful and precise manner. Even when the potential reader or listener haven't expected it. Sometimes it brings quite funny results. For example, a few days ago I send to Chris Graham a long e-mail describing him why I decided to change the concept of design of the ocportal.pl (polish website supporting ocPortal - unfortunately still under construction). I used exactly 678 words; Chris replayed as follows:
Short answer to long email…
Sounds good to me :)

What a difference LOL :)

Jean,

You have convinced me. I will definitely try to use Sandboxie and Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (as I still use Windows XP). Moreover I strongly agree with you. ocPortal has an unique potential and fantastic people behind the "wheel". I'm going to stick to it and work hard to make this "wild horse" more polite and cooperative.  :) I've realized after some time of experiencing with the OCP that this is a type of the "real system" which demands much more involvement from the users side than other popular CMS. In this context I can only compare it to Typo3, where the learning curve is also "quite" steep. But I do hope that all efforts put into studying OCP now will give a nice "payback" in the future.  ;)

I'm sending you my best regards.
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Hobbis said

Many years ago I also used to be an academic teacher and lecturer so even today because of all that days spend with students, I have got now the same tendency as you presented here. This means that I like to explain everything in very thoughtful and precise manner. Even when the potential reader or listener haven't expected it.
LOL. Glad not to be alone with a similar disposition to give detail explanations on short questions. I like your sense of humor about it.

Great to hear from you, Hobbis!:)
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