Hacker Hurricane's Top 10 Windows PC, new system build tips.
So you have been hacked, either your computer, an account or you just want to rebuild your system in a more "secure" way.
Whatever the reasons, follow these Top 10 recommendations when rebuilding or setting up a new computer for the first time.
And before you ask, "No, do not just add these to your existing computer, if you want to be certain your system is clean and secure... start over and YES I know it is painful, but worth it in the end".
#1 - Backup regularly to external disk or to a Cloud solution like Carbonite, Mozy, Barracuda, DropBox or Jungle Disk.
- Carbonite is best and a 30 day free trial
- Carbonite website
- Collect your original installation CD/DVD's from your computer vendor or create the recovery image as many makers today ship an application that you have to provide CD's or DVD's to create/burn recovery CD's/DVD's from a hidden partition on your hard disk.
- External Hard drive or take some of the C: drive space and partition it as D: for DATA..., yes a bit techie but ask an computer geek.
- Check by opening Control Panel - Users and select your user and look to see if below the name it says 'administrator'
- Check by opening Control Panel - Security Center and make sure they are all on and configured.
- I recommend Windows Security Essentials... It is FREE
- Windows Security Essentials website
#7 – Install Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI). Helps you keep your Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications up to date and patched!
- Secunia PSI is FREE
- Secunia PSI website
Use the following Add-ons for FireFox (Tools – Add-ons)
- No Script - blocks all scripting (Java, etc.) from automatically executing when surfing - Hard to use at first, but worth it!
- Ad Block - blocks ads (Hackers buy ads on legitimate sites, NO REALLY!)
- Web of Trust (WOT) - Tells you if links/URL's are know good (green), caution (yellow), unkown (gray) or RED (BAD)
- FireFox website
#10 – Use a password manager like SuperGenPass, LastPass or a vault like Password Safe or KeyPass and let them generate unique, long and different passwords for each of your websites. And of course add a Yubikey for additional two-factor authentication.
- I recommend LastPass and it is FREE
- LastPass website
- And I recommend Yubikey, it is AWESOME ! only around USD $25 per key
- Yubikey website