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Warrior Nation
06-30-2008, 05:22 PM
Network and Gaming Security Notes
This seemed like the most appropriate place to post this advice. I wrote this when a fellow section member was hacked and lost virtually everything to his hacker. If you want to add to these notes, feel free to do so, as I will be updating them as more comes to mind or as the world wide web evolves.

To keep your network and computers secure:

Use a highly regarded firewall (check some reviews) and have it turned on AT ALL TIMES!

Have virus scanner software turned on AT ALL TIMES and run a virus scan every week.

Have at least two pieces of spyware scanning software, with at least one of them turned on AT ALL TIMES and scan every week with both of them.

If running a wireless network, which are common in the modern day, make sure the network is secured using WPA or PSK encryption algorithms. DO NOT leave the network unsecured or using WEP encryption, an unsecured network allows people to intercept packets sent around the network and WEP is virtually unsecure due to it now being a cracked algorithm. Also make sure the network is well passworded and perhaps even stealth the SSID of the network, so the SSID must be entered manually to connect to the network.

If you come across a dodgy website or someone else is sharing your computer, keep extra vigilant and maybe run a quick scan of something more often.

Try to avoid opening unexplained emails, especially ones which talk about banks, failing to send a mail (which you may have not even sent) or from ANYONE you do not know.

Do not download anything from random sites, trust the site, know of it from past experience, if you dont trust a site, do not even access it since merely entering such a site means they can send temporary internet files and cookies, these cookies return information to the site such as settings. For example, if you click to 'remember me' a cookie controls this. Malicious site cookies will do even more than this. Be warned.

If your game account was compromised, is most likely that you were hit by a keylogger, which comes under the categories of a Trojan or Spyware. A keylogger intercepts details you send on certain forms, such as the login form for Guild Wars and registration forms on webpages. The keylogger then sends copies of this data to your friendly neighbourhood hacker so they can get access to important details, which can even boil down to credit card numbers. If your security was compromised on Guild Wars, it means that the hacker has access to an ungodly amount of data that has passed through your computer, even that stuff you thought you had deleted is compromised, since nothing is truly ever deleted on a computer, just overwritten when necessary.

After computer security has been severely compromised, you are advised to reformat your computer. This involves restoring the computer to factory settings. If you need advice on how to do this, PM me as it can be a long process if you don't know what to do. Reformatting means you lose everything, but if you do regular backups, which are also advised, data loss is minimal. There are also some programs which do a real delete of your hard disk. When you delete a file, it is not truly deleted, just anything pointing to it is deleted. This means that if someone rebuilds the sign posts as it were, they can find the 'deleted file'. However, if something is deleted, it means it can be overwritten when space is required. The programs that really delete stuff on your hard drive work by overwriting and filling up your hard drive with jibberish, which is then deleted the normal way. If you reformat as well as using one of these programs, if that is, you manage to find a safe one, the malware should theoretically be gone!

Another type of malicious software that can compromise a network is a worm. The reason these are dangerous is because the worm will then send itself across to other computers, and the most vulnerable computers are the ones that are on the same network. Be careful!

However, trusting your password to someone else, is generally, a TERRIBLE idea. They could have easily have done damage themselves in a matter of minutes.

When thinking of a future password, consider the following criteria. 8-16 letters and numbers, with at least one symbol. Do not use favourite things, friends names, pet names and so on, these are easy to link to you and guess. I have jokingly hacked many friends guessing passwords in such a way.

A Good example of a password is something you can remember but not directly linked to you.
such as "7nut12"

Last edited by WnxImmortalist; 08-28-2008 at 12:32 PM..
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Warrior Nation
06-30-2008, 08:19 PM
This should be added as a sticky for sure. Great write up Josh

+rep for you

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08-28-2008, 12:30 PM

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