Hackers? How to get rid of them?

26 11 2007


Hi everybody!

After a long delay, I decided what to post here, a topic on how to defend yourself from Hackers.
I have heard people yelling, “OMG! I M HACKED!”, so I thought it’s good to tell people not to yell and start taking steps to get secured. Firstly, this post is for beginners (Windows XP users), not for professionals.
Ok, enough chit chat, here’s what you gonna do.

  • Install a fresh Windows (Windows XP Service Pack 2, no! Not Service Pack 1) installation, and install an AntiVirus, yeah no drivers first, AntiVirus first!! Got it?
  • Then update your AntiVirus virus definitions and scan your computer for viruses
  • Download free tool, called SafeXP, and select Recommended settings and click Apply (This is a great tool for XP, for optimizing and securing XP)
  • Go to Control Panel>Administrator Tools>Local Users and Groups>Users> Right click on Administrator and click Set Password, then put a password onto Administrator account, and do the same on every account, you should have a password on every account.
  • Install a Firewall, I prefer to use Sygate Firewall, but it’s not free, here’s a free one, named Comodo Firewall Pro

  • I recommend that, you must stop Network Sharing, but if you are at home network or in which you could trust people, that’s ok, but if you don’t, you need to turn it off. It’s a big threat. How to do it? Open Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services> Right click “Server” and click properties, choose Startup type to “Disabled”, and click Stop, and then OK. That’s it.

Now that your computer is secured, now you need to take few more steps, and precautions.
NEVER EVER ACCEPT A FILE FROM A PERSON YOU DON’T KNOW, got it? Makes sense?
Alright, good.

Maybe some people tell you to put “javascript:blah blah blah blah” in your address bar and press enter. Never do it! This is how your cookies are stolen, no! It’s not the real cookies, cookies are encrypted text that store login information, in simple words, this is how a website knows you are logged in. BTW, if you are real cookies get stolen, it might be your cat 😉

Happy surfing 😉

*ADDITION (29th Nov 2007)
Sharuk has posted few more tips, that I would like to add it here.

  • Never install pirated version of Operating System
  • Never install free or paid software unless you are sure its safe or heard from someone about it
  • Never give away your sensitive information on shared or free internet access points
  • Keep away from myspace or any other site which let users customize its interface or layout
  • Use Strong passwords and never buy something from sites which use low or no encryption

A million thanks to him 🙂

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6 responses

29 11 2007
Mt_Ipod

nice post but thats not all to be safe from hackers. I list my five tips,
1) Never install pirated version of Operating System
2) Never install free or paid software unless you are sure its safe or heard from someone about it
3) Never give away your sensitive information on shared or free internet access points
4) Keep away from myspace or any other site which let users customize its interface or layout
5) Use Strong passwords and never buy something from sites which use low or no encryption
###still, it is not enough to keep you safe online

29 11 2007
Ahmed Mujtaba

Thanks for the tips!
Actually I wanted to post something simple, and short post for the beginners, who mostly get hacked by their friends, just for fun.

There are several other tips too.
I am going to add your tips too 🙂
It would be good if you write your name, so that I could tell people who really posted these.

Thank you! 🙂

29 11 2007
Mt_Ipod

my name is sharuk and i have a blog too at http://www.isharuk.com/blog/
tc, thnx

29 11 2007
Ahmed Mujtaba

Sharuk your tips are added 🙂

Thanks a lot! 🙂

25 12 2007
Anonymous

Why can’t the law just do something about all this?

26 12 2007
Ahmed Mujtaba

There are law enforcements, like Cyber Police in many countries, but as you know, there is street police almost everywhere, but still there is crime on the streets. So there are some bad guys trying to rip somebody off.

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