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Xander
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Sun 5th Apr '09 6:58PM
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I recently bought Norton 360 for my PC (criminally expensive it was too) but I'm still slightly paranoid about the threat of computer Virus, identity theft etc... Anyone got any security tips?

Also, just out of general interest is it possible to at least theoretically infect a Play Station 3 with a computer virus or steal the users identity?
 

Demian*
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Mon 6th Apr '09 9:07AM
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Pretty sure your PS3 is safe, unless someone was to convinve it that the virus installer is a legitimate firmware upgrade. And there'll be measures in place to prevent that.

As well as a virus scanner you might want to get hold of a malware remover such as Spybot Search & Destroy and/or Lavasoft ad-aware (both free).
  

Spanners*
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Mon 6th Apr '09 9:46AM
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Xander was bold enough to comment:
Also, just out of general interest is it possible to at least theoretically infect a Play Station 3 with a computer virus or steal the users identity?



Nah, it's very difficult to get a virus on any non-windows system (I'm not saying impossible as trojans can still, in theory, get past security as they require you to execute them with appropriate privs) because other systems implement auth control properly and don't allow any program (including viruses) to run with sysadmin privs without your explicit say so. This means they can't get up to much mischief on your system as anything important is locked down.
    

General*
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Mon 6th Apr '09 12:59PM
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I'd echo those sentiments

One tip I would offer is that AVG and Avast are both free security software which genrally rate higher than the Norton and McAffee super expensive options.
    

HuMpO
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Tue 7th Apr '09 7:49PM
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Best Tip - Get A Mac.
 

Spanners*
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Wed 8th Apr '09 9:05AM
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HuMpO was bold enough to comment:
Best Tip - Get A Mac.


True that! Also if you want one at a bargain price, bag one from the Dixons Tax Free shop in most UK airports. Plus is you do any business on it you can register for tax and claim a further 15% off
    

Amanshu*
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Wed 8th Apr '09 9:39AM
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I think the best advice I can give you is don't be stupid. I basically run a couple of completely unprotected systems. No firewall, no virus protection, I only occasionally run a malware remover. I do vaguely try to keep my windows updates up to date, and I browse the web with a copy of Firefox with noscript and adblock plus running.

In fact if you are worried about computer security you can do worse than running Firefox with noscript. It basically stops any scripts running from the web unless you specifically enable them on that page. It'll remember which pages you trust and which ones you don't. It does take a little bit of getting used to (I can't remember the number of times I've failed to understand why a button isn't working until I remembered) but once you are used to it it works like a dream!
   

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