05-25-2017 09:14 PM
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  1. Josiah23's Avatar
    I'm personally not too worried about this ransomware thing going around...

    I have many different hard drives/SSDs with different OSs on them including many versions of Linux, W10, 8.1, and 7. So if they affect one HDD, I have a backup/clone of the hard drive, and different flavors of Linux to play around with. :-P

    I also usually have Wifi off unless I'm actually using it, but even when it's on I'm only visiting the same very few websites as I do daily.

    I had a ransomware attack about 6 years ago and I got around it by going into Windows Safe Mode and creating a new guest or admin user and copying the files from the old user into the new one, then of course delete the old account. I haven't tried anything like this on W10 but should it be similar?
    05-16-2017 09:45 PM
  2. skydiverian's Avatar
    Does it give you a chill knowing that your beloved Windows OS is becoming a joke with all the security holes and backdoors lurking in the wild? Perhaps it's about time to give a try to the free software alternatives(aka linux)?

    Not in the slightest and certainly doesn't mean I'll switch to Linux - it's horrific to learn and driver support for anything beyond a mouse and keyboard, to use your words, is a joke.

    The problem is people not patching their OS and refusing to patch their system when requested.

    If Linux had 90%+ market share, it would have exactly the same problem - arguments that it is inherently more secure because of the way it is built are a fallacy because of terrible market share and mass fragmentation with 100s of distributions to choose from
    Drael646464, neo158 and robotman5 like this.
    05-16-2017 10:02 PM
  3. Drael646464's Avatar
    Actually dial up modems are a lot more secure. Particularly with rare frequencies. The military use them..

    I bet amigaOS or OS/2 is secure AF. Slap a dial up modem on that badboy and your set for life.
    05-17-2017 03:44 AM
  4. Chintan Gohel's Avatar
    The one attack that is currently ongoing has and is affecting windows xp users who didn't update - I'm on windows 10 on my laptop, surface and phone - so I'm confident I'm secure
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    05-17-2017 08:07 AM
  5. robotman5's Avatar
    Yes I am still using Windows. but I am doing my best to be extra careful.
    05-17-2017 10:39 AM
  6. neo158's Avatar
    Does it give you a chill knowing that your beloved Windows OS is becoming a joke with all the security holes and backdoors lurking in the wild? Perhaps it's about time to give a try to the free software alternatives(aka linux)?
    No OS is completely secure despite what you might think. The NSA were stockpiling vulnerabilities in not just Windows but MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android so before you start trash talking Windows remember what I'm about to say "Security through obscurity is no security at all". Basically just because you might use an OS that has a practically non existent market share as a desktop OS, doesn't mean it's automatically secure.

    To answer your question though, not at all as I'm using fully patched versions of Windows 10 on every machine in the house including my Phone. As others have stated, this isn't Linux Central so perhaps you should give up on the trolling while you're behind.
    Last edited by neo158; 05-17-2017 at 01:26 PM.
    05-17-2017 01:12 PM
  7. neo158's Avatar
    Actually dial up modems are a lot more secure. Particularly with rare frequencies. The military use them..

    I bet amigaOS or OS/2 is secure AF. Slap a dial up modem on that badboy and your set for life.
    The military only use dial-up modems as backups, not the primary means of communication. Dial-Up or Broadband it makes no difference, put an unpatched version of XP online on either type of connection and it will still get infected. The only reason those two OSs are secure is because no one uses them any more but you can bet they have unpatched vulnerabilities in them.
    05-17-2017 01:17 PM
  8. Drael646464's Avatar
    Yes, that was the joke.
    05-17-2017 09:23 PM
  9. neo158's Avatar
    Originally posted by Drael646464
    Yes, that was the joke.
    Even so there is still some truth to it.
    05-20-2017 09:33 AM
  10. Edwin S's Avatar
    With LINUX being so much better than Windows according to some people, I wonder why it hasn't caught on as the go to desktop OS for consumers and business users? I have been using/developing on it since about 1996.
    05-22-2017 06:42 AM
  11. neo158's Avatar
    With LINUX being so much better than Windows according to some people, I wonder why it hasn't caught on as the go to desktop OS for consumers and business users? I have been using/developing on it since about 1996.
    The problem is that Linux isn't user friendly for the consumer, having to use a command line for certain tasks when Windows has a GUI is hardly user friendly for the average consumer even though it is for the IT Pro. Not only that but the vast majority of applications only have Windows versions, Photoshop Elements, Office and a hell of a lot of games. There are alternatives but they are either inferior, have a steep learning curve or have serious file format compatibility issues. This is just from my own personal experience of using Linux and I'm an IT Pro.
    Chintan Gohel and editguy like this.
    05-22-2017 07:13 AM
  12. digitaldd's Avatar
    I thought Michael Horrowitz in Computerworld made an interesting point about the built-in Windows Firewall being the overlooked defense against the last 2 ransomware outbreaks. The Windows firewall is the overlooked defense against WannaCry and Adylkuzz | Computerworld

    And apparently if you don't reboot & you do get infected there are tools to help you and possibly decrypt the files under XP,Vista,Win7 & server2003.
    https://blog.comae.io/wannacry-decry...o-86bafb81112d
    05-22-2017 01:43 PM
  13. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    Does it give you a chill knowing that your beloved Windows OS is becoming a joke with all the security holes and backdoors lurking in the wild? Perhaps it's about time to give a try to the free software alternatives(aka linux)?
    I've used multiple versions of Linux in the past, they are almost useless because they lack software. Linux isn't some magical safe OS either, no one targets it because almost no one uses it.

    I use Windows because it's required for the things I do, Windows has been a target of viruses since the 90s, and it's more secure than ever.

    And I view Android, iOS, and ChromeOS as more functional and useful than a Linux computer at this point.
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    05-22-2017 04:24 PM
  14. PerfectReign's Avatar
    Does it give you a chill knowing that your beloved Windows OS is becoming a joke with all the security holes?
    2017 WILL BE THE YEAR OF TEH LINUX DESKTOP!

    Actually, i threw Backtrack on an old laptop a few days ago.

    backtrack.jpg


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    Last edited by PerfectReign; 05-22-2017 at 06:49 PM.
    05-22-2017 05:59 PM
  15. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    I just acquired an old Linux program (I forgot the bloody name though) that I'm planning to play around with on my old Toshiba but other than that I don't have a ton of experience with Linux.
    05-25-2017 06:47 PM
  16. Jonahtheblaze's Avatar
    Of course because it would be tough to do all of my work on Chrome OS. Have tried to use it for a while and resulting it to be only my media entertainment. They are lacking on the apps and the only thing that makes it better is the Android app.
    05-25-2017 09:14 PM
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